I LOVE CASTLES and I don’t discriminate. I love them all! restored castles, castle ruins, castles that have been stripped down to their meager bones or lavishly decoration, and yes palaces too. No matter what your tastes are you will find plenty of castle inspiration on this page.

Castle Inspiration publications:

  • Germany, Switzerland, and Austria: a two-week, highlight packed, whirlwind vacation itinerary

    Table of Contents Germany in my heartGetting aroundRhine RiverMoselle River ValleyBurg Eltz CastleThe Black Foresta little Switzerland on the side!Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau CastlesZugspitze and Eibseean afternoon in Austria!RothenburgWurzburg PalaceAnd there you have it, our two week highlight packed whirlwind vacation. Germany in my heart Germany was the goal. I grew up there, and I love …


  • Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles made simple: everything you need to know to plan your trip

    A pair of stunning castles, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, are conveniently located just a stone’s throw from each other. Hohenschwangau Castle was a childhood family retreat of the most tragic of characters, King Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein Castle was his own personal masterpiece. Romanticism, fantasy, tragedy, betrayal, and mystery all come to life on these two castle …


  • Ehrenberg Castle Ruins, and Highline 179 Suspension Bridge, Reutte Austria daytrip guide

    Ehrenberg Castle in the Austrian Alps, Austria Travel Inspiration

    I just really LOVE castle ruins. There is something haunting about them. They seem to retain the life they once had. It is as if you can still feel the presence of the people who lived in these places so many years ago. Ehrenberg Castle (not to be confused with Ehrenburg Castle in Germany!), situated …


Need more castles inspiration?

Check out this video from Rick Steves: Favorite Castles and Palaces and you may be interested in my Ruins page.