Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle is one of the newer German castles built in neo-gothic style at the edge of the Swabian Alps near Honau. The castle isn’t nearly as popular as Heidelberg Castle or Neuschwanstein. It is relatively obscure, but this doesn’t mean Lichtenstein is uninteresting.

Interesting Facts about Lichtenstein Castle

  • Located in the southwestern state of Baden- Württemberg, Lichtenstein has earned two nicknames! The first is “Neuschwanstein’s Little Brother” and the second one, “Fairytale Castle in Baden- Württemberg”- these two nicknames directly refer Neuschwanstein Castle. Hohenzollern Castle and Ludwigsburg Palace are the two nearby castles.
  • Lichtenstein is a local pride and it isn’t overrun with international tourists. The 30 minute guide tour is available only in German. However, English speaking visitors can get a handout in English upon request. Groups with an advance booking can avail tours in English and French as well.
  • The castle is relatively young, but the grounds have a history much older. The original castle was built in 1200, but was ransacked twice and had fallen into ruins. The castle has been rebuilt by Count Wilhelm of Württemberg between 1840 -1842.
  • Lichtenstein was built as a hunting castle. It is relatively small, yet very impressive. From the castle, views of the Echaz Valley and Swabian Alps are incredible. Touring inside the castle, you will experience a ‘cozy’ feeling, the antique furniture within the castle are interesting.
  • The name is self explanatory; Lichtenstein is German for ‘light colored stone’ on which the castle is built upon. Inspired by the novel “Lichtenstein” by Wilhelm Hauff published in 1828, the castle is built in neo-Gothic style. The site around the castle has a chapel, a garden and a romantic courtyard.

Lichtenstein is an hour drive south of Stuttgart. You’ll love the scenic drive by the Swabian Alps with rolling hills and small villages here and there. If you love visiting a castle, this one is worth a visit. Plan a day trip to Lichtenstein and you can include Easter Egg Museum near Sonnenbühl, and Bear Cave and Fog Cave, the two interesting snow caves nearby.