Glatt Water Castle in the Black Forest, Glatt Wasserschloss

So, you’re headed to the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) in Germany and you want to see a castle? No worries, you have plenty to choose from!

The Black Forest is in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. This delightfully dense forest with its towering green trees and gently rolling hills is one of Germany’s best culture trips.

The region is known for its delectable Black Forest cake, the whimsical handcrafted cuckoo clocks (Kuckucksurhen), adorable villages, and scenic drives like Badische Weinstrasse. Something else you’ll find here are plenty of castles.

Fill your Germany travel itinerary with stops at luxurious palaces, well-preserved traditional castles, castle ruins, and even a few castle hotels!

Looking for the best places to base yourself in the Black Forest? How about Triberg? Gift shop for a cuckoo clock, eat some delightful Black Forest cake, and visit the famous Triberg Waterfall!

Here are the best castles in the Black Forest Germany!

The Black Forest Region, Germany
the general area of the Black Forest

Castles in the Black Forest

Glatt Water Castle (Wasserschloß Glatt)

The fanciful 16th-century moated Glatt Castle, the first castle on our list, is the perfect little castle straight out of your medieval dreams! Located in the historic town center of Glatt, the late medieval complex is one of the best preserved in Baden-Württemberg. Upon redesign, it was one of the earliest Renaissance castles in Germany. Guided tours by appointment, closed December 24 and 31. The site is home to four museums: the Castle Museum, The Nobility Museum and weapons armory (lifestyles of the nobility in the Middle Ages) The Farmers’ Museum (everyday rural life in the region’s villages), and the Galerie Schloss Glatt art museum.

Address: Schloß 1, 72172 Sulz am Neckar, Germany

Glatt Water Castle in the Black Forest, Glatt Wasserschloss
Glatt Water Castle, fanciful castles in the Black Forest

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Staufenberg Castle (Schloss Staufenberg)

This restored 11th century fort has stood watch over the Black Forest for more than 1,000 years. Relax at the wine bar or on the restaurant terrace, the perfect place for stunning views of the surrounding landscape and vineyard terraced hills. Ask about their wine tastings! May be closed in the month of January.

Address: Schloss, 77770 Durbach, Germany

Staufenberg Castle Black Forest castles Germany, Schloss Staufenberg
Staufenberg Castle

Bürgeln Castle (Schloss Bürgeln)

From the terrace of Bürgeln Castle (the “Pearl of the Markgräflerland”) you’ll be treated with magnificent views. On a clear day you can spot the surrounding mountains and peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. The castle can only be visited during a 50-minute long guided tour. Tours are in German but can be arranged in English and French. Call ahead to make reservations for a personalized wine tasting at this 18th century Rococo style castle. Closed in the month of January. Check the official website for concert schedules.

Address: D, Schloss Bürgeln 1, 79418 Schliengen, Germany

Burgeln Castle Germany, best castles in the Black Forest, Schloss Burgeln
Burgeln Castle

Liebenzell Castle (Burg Liebenzell)

This 12th century fortification was once the most important castle in the Württemberg Black Forest. Abandoned by the residents in the 16th century, the complex fell into disrepair. At the beginning of the 1950s the castle was rebuilt. 60-minute guided castle tours give visitors the opportunity to visit areas of the castle that are otherwise not open to the public. The tower remains closed during the winter months and when it rains due to the risk of slipping on the stairs.

Address: Burg Liebenzell, 75378 Bad Liebenzell, Germany

Liebenzell Castle in the Black Forest Germany, Schloss Liebenzell
Liebenzell Castle

Maulbronn Monastery (Koster Maulbronn)

While not technically a castle, you don’t want to miss the dreamy Maulbronn Monastery (Kloster Maulbronn), one of Europe’s most complete and best-preserved Medieval monastery complexes. The remarkably well preserved Maulbronn began its existence as a Cistercian abbey in 1147. In 1993, the monastery, with its interesting mixture of Romanesque to late Gothic architecture, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The inner courtyard is enclosed by Medieval fortress walls and towers. Visitors tour the Romanesque monastery church, Gothic cloister, and the fountain house. Guided tours are in German, English, and French. Audio guides are available in a variety of languages. The complex also serves as a concert venue that offers unusual acoustics.

Address: Klosterhof 5, 75433 Maulbronn, Germany

Maulbronn Monastery Germany
Maulbronn Monastery

Palaces in the Black Forest

Rastatt Residential Palace (Rastatt Residenzschloss)

The late 16th century Baroque Rastatt Residential Palace has survived the centuries nearly unscathed by time. The former hunting place was expanded into a grand residence fashioned after the Palace of Versailles. Inside, visitors can experience the lavish staterooms and sumptuous interiors and tour the German history Military Museum. The interiors can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Guided tours in German, other languages on request (call in advance). The beautiful gardens are open to the public during daylight hours.

Address: Herrenstraße 18-20, 76437 Rastatt, Germany

Rastatt Residential Palace in the Black Forest, Germany
Rastatt Residential Palace

Rastatt Favorite Palace (Schloss Favorite Rastatt)

The gorgeous Baroque Favorite Palace was originally built in 1710 as a summer residence and hunting palace; it has to this day remained virtually unchanged. The palace itself is set in an idyllic setting, opulent interiors are adorned with ornate plasterwork, antique furnishings, beautiful frescoes, and embroidered tapestries. Within you’ll find one of the world’s largest collections of porcelain. “Porcelain Palace” is surrounded by a charming English-style landscape park featuring whimsical tree-lined avenues and fountains. Favorite Place may only be viewed as part of a guided tour, closed mid-November to mid-March. Guided tours are in German, group tours in other languages on request (call in advance).

Address: Am Schloß Favorite 1, 76437 Rastatt, Germany

Rastatt Favorite Palace, Germany, castles in the Black Forest
Rastatt Favorite Palace

Karlsruhe Palace (Schloss Karlsruhe)

Karlsruhe Palace was built in 1715. The sprawling 18th century schloss began as a royal pleasure palace. After additions in the 18th century it took on its current baroque appearance. Today Karlsruhe houses the Baden State Museum which exhibits art and history from prehistoric and early history through ancient cultures, the Middle Ages, the Baroque period and modern-day Germany. Check the official website for current events and concerts. Free admission every Friday.

Address: Schloßbezirk 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe Palace in the Black Forest Germany
Karlsruhe Palace

Castle Hotels in the Black Forest

I mean really, who doesn’t want to spend the night in a castle? It’s your chance to soak in some of Germany’s fantastic history and escape to the distant past.

Eberstein Castle (Schloss Eberstein)

All I can say about this beautiful castle is wow!!! Today this former 13th century spur castle houses a 4-star castle hotel. Eberstein is picturesquely situated high above the rooftops of Gernsbach, surrounded by a dense forest. In its shadow are the hotel winery and sloped vineyards. Book one of their nine rooms now! The staff and castle ghosts send you a warm welcome! The hotel houses Michelin Star gourmet Werner’s Restaurant, which serves up culinary delights and wines made from grapes harvested from the vineyard. Enjoy a meal on the terrace with panoramic views.

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Address: Schloss Eberstein 1, 76593 Gernsbach, Germany

Eberstein Castle Hotel Black Forest Germany
Eberstein Castle Hotel

Castle Hotel Weitenburg (Hotel Schloss Weitenburg)

The restored early 17th century Schloss Weitenburg castle is a fun mixture of Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic architecture. Inside, you’ll find a 3-star hotel. Guests can spend their days cycling their way through the Black Forest’s Neckar valley or enjoying a round of golf. The location is a great home base for daytrips to museums, concerts and theatre performances. An on-site restaurant serves dinner in the evening.

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Address: Weitenburg 1, 72181 Starzach, Germany

Weitenburg Castle Hotel Black Forest Germany
Weitenburg Castle

Neuweier Castle (Hotel Residenz im Schloss Neuweier)

Idyllic setting among the areas terrace vineyards near Baden-Baden, 3-star hotel Hotel Residenz im Schloss Neuweier offers a restaurant, tavern, and winery on site. It’s a great jumping off site for area activities and they’ll feed you one of those fantastic German breakfasts before you head out for a day of sight seeing!

Book a room in the cozy Neuweier Castle on Booking.com!

Ortenberg Castle (Schloss Ortenberg)

While not exactly a “hotel,” this perfect little 11th century knight’s castle IS open to overnight guests! Schloss Ortenberg is a youth hotel, perfect for those on a budget or those looking for a rustic castle overnight stay. It’s a real fairy-tale experience! The castle was destroyed in 1678, and subsequently rebuilt in the Gothic architecture style in the 19th century. The hostel is open all year round except Christmas.

Not looking to stay overnight? The castle tower affords visitors panoramic views of the surrounding area. The nearby medieval town of Gengenbach is a must see. In fact, the entire Kinzigtal valley with its timber-framed houses and adorable villages is a bit dreamy!

Address: Burgweg 21, 77799 Ortenberg, Germany

Castle Ruins in the Black Forest

Many of the castles in this area of Germany are in ruin. One of my favorite things about visiting ruins is they are almost always open. It’s easy to stop by on a whim, and alleviates the need for a structured schedule…It’s a more relaxed pace. How nice is that?

Hohenbaden Castle (Schloss Hohenbaden)

Between the 11th and the 15th century Hohenbaden Old Castle (Altes Schloss) was the seat of the Margraves of Baden. The site contains very well-preserved ruins of both an upper castle and a Gothic art lower castle. Explore the secret dungeon and climb the steep steps to the viewing terraces for panoramic views of the Black Forest and Rhine Plain. Admission is free of charge, open 24 hours.

Address: Alter Schloßweg 10, 76532 Baden-Baden, Germany

Hohenbaden Castle ruins in the Black Forest
Hohenbaden Castle

Hohenschramberg Castle (Burgruine Hohenschramberg)

Hohenschramberg Castle was built in 1457. There’s still a lot to see in this well preserved former fortified fortress. Visitors can explore the bastion with the upper courtyard, the chapel tower, the middle and rear castle, the horse stables, foundations of the bathhouse, the bakery and other buildings. The Hohenschramberg audio guide tour (German and English) brings the history of the castle to life at six stations. Download it on your mobile before you head out! Open 24 hours.

Address: Hohenschramberg 1, 78713 Schramberg, Germany

Hohenschramberg Castle Ruins Germany
Hohenschramberg Castle

Burg Hohengeroldseck Castle

These substantial mountaintop castle ruins were built in the 13th-century. The 2 km long Castle Trail is especially fun for children. Total of 9 stations along the way, a bilingual information board. Plan your visit for the first week in September when the castle is host to a fun medieval festival featuring craftsmen honing their skills, musicians, and local delicacies. Small charge for festival attendance.

Address: Schloßberg 8, 77960 Seelbach, Germany

Hohengeroldseck Castle Germany Black Forest
Hohengeroldseck Castle

Schauenburg Castle (Burgruine Schauenburg)

Schauenburg Castle was built in the 11th century on a huge granite outcrop. In the 13th century this hilltop castle was considered one of the most beautiful castle complexes in the area. The moated castle gradually fell into disrepair and was a ruin by 1730. The descendants of the Lords of Schauenburg still live in Gaisbach Castle today.

Visitors can explore the ruins and the 3 km long circular Forest nature trail around Schauenburg. The glass house at the castle restaurant has a panoramic terrace that offers views of the Rhine Valley. From April through October Renchtal Tourismus GmbH (Tel. 07802 82600) offers a vineyard tour that includes wine tasting and a four-course meal.

Address: Burgstraße 29, 77704 Oberkirch, Germany

Schauenburg Castle Ruins in the Black Forest
Schauenburg Castle

Old Windeck Castle (Burg Windeck)

Built around the year 1200 as a fortified residence in the Northern Black Forest, Old Windeck Castle ruins loom high above the roofs of the town of Bühl surrounded by sloped vineyards. You’ll find a restaurant and wine cellar on site, as well as a 3-star hotel. There are 21 cozy rooms on offer with access to the wellness area including the Finnish sauna.

Dine in the Panorama Restaurant, patisserie, the Burgstube, or the horse stables. Restaurant closed on Tuesday and is only open to hotel guests on this day. Historical tours of the ruins can be arranged upon request. Hosted events include barbeques, brunches, and gin tasting events. This one gets my vote for best ruins for its onsite facilities!

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Address: Kappelwindeckstraße 104, 77815 Bühl, Germany

Neufels Castle (Burgruine Neuenfels)

Neuenfels Castle was built somewhere between 1250 and 1300 as a residential castle. The moated spur castle Neuenfels has been in ruins since 1540. Today the moat and parts of the wall remain. A viewing platform on the battlements of the castle offers a wonderful panoramic view which includes the castle of Badenweiler, opposite. The ruins can be reached after a 30-minute walk. Open 24 hours.

Address: 79379 Müllheim, Germany

Badenweiler Castle / Baden Castle (Burg Badenweiler / Burg Baden)

The early 12th century Burg Badenweiler Fortress rises above the pretty spa town of Badenweiler. A steep path leads to the ruins. Your reward, sweeping views of the Black Forest and Rhine Valley from the castle’s keep. Visitors can explore the great hall with its late Romanesque arched windows and the English landscape gardens that surround the castle. Guided tours can be arranged with the Badenweiler tourist information service. Free access to grounds during daylight hours. (Closed in case of ice or snow) In the valley below you’ll find the Badenweiler Kurpark (spa gardens) and Badenweiler’s Roman Bath ruins.

Address: Schloßgäßle, 79410 Badenweiler, Germany

Mandelberg Castle Ruins (Burg Ruine Mandelberg)

Mandelberg Castle was built in 1250. The main castle was destroyed by fire in 1525 during a peasant uprising and was not rebuilt. What remains today is the 35-meter-high keep. Visitors can climb the spiral staircase of the 300-metre-high observation tower for views over the Waldach valley.

Address: 72285 Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany

Sausenburg Castle Ruin (Sausenburg Burgruine)

Sausenburg hill castle was built in the 13th century and subsequently destroyed in 1678. All that remains today of the stronghold are parts of the castle rampart and walls, and a castle tower. Climb the tower for magnificent views.

Address: 79400 Kandern, Germany

Sausenburg Castle ruins Germany
Sausenburg Castle

Wieladingen Castle Ruins (Burgruine Wieladingen)

The large keep are all that remains of this 13th century castle, which sits atop a rocky outcrop. As you explore, keep your eyes peeled for the ghost of Hans von Wieladingen, former Lord of the castle, who is said to haunt these ruins. Sunrise is a particularly nice time to visit, where you can see the surrounding landscape from the observation platform of the keep. Park at the car park on state road 152 and follow the hiking signs towards the castle. (Geodata 47.58770°N 7.99824°E). Free of charge, open 24 hours.

Address: 79736 Rickenbach, Germany

Hochburg Castle Ruins (Ruine Hochburg)

Presumably built in the 11th century, Hochburg is one of the largest ruined castles in the Upper Rhine Valley. In fact, after Heidelburg Palace it is the region’s second largest castle complex. From the 13th century, it was one of the oldest possessions of the margraves of Baden. Throughout the centuries the castle was significantly extended and altered, the Medieval castle morphing into a Renaissance style palace and fortress. Castle and museum guided tours may require prior arrangement. From the top you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the picturesque valleys and the highest peaks of the Black Forest. Open during daylight hours, free entry.

Address: Panoramastraße, 79312 Emmendingen, Germany

Hochburg Castle Ruins Black Forest
Hochburg Castle Ruins

Wehrstein Castle

First mentioned in the year 1280, there isn’t much left of this castle located in the Neckar Valley. Here you’ll find castle walls, fresh air, and nature.

Address: Burgruine Wehrstein, 72172 Sulz am Neckar, Germany

Hohendießen Castle Ruins (Burgruine Hohendießen)

There isn’t much to these 13th century castle ruins but if you’re close it may be worth a stop.
The ruins consist of the gatehouse, parts of the outbuildings, and the gable and foundation walls of the main building. Free entry, open 24 hours.

location: Hohendießen, 72160 Horb am Neckar, Germany

Herrenzimmern Castle (Burgruine Herrenzimmern)

This tiny castle ruin, also known as Lower Castle, opened around 1050, worth a stop if you happen to be nearby. Open 24 hours.

Address: Talhauser Str., 78662 Bösingen, Germany

Schilteck Castle Ruins (Ruine Schilteck)

Schilteck Castle was built around the year 1200. The castle fell into disrepair and was eventually used as a quarry and laid to ruin. Today visitors can see the keep, moat, and inner defensive wall. Open 24 hours.

Address: 78713 Schramberg, Germany

Waldeck Castle

The Ruins of Waldeck spur castle are located above the river Nagold near the town of Calw. They appear to be dated from the 12th century, but their exact origin is not well documented. (Wikipedia) Accessible on foot (2.5 km forest path, approx. 30 min.) from the state road 348 at the Hotel “Teinachtal.” Fee entry.

Address: 75365 Calw, Germany

Hohennagold Castle

The 12th century Hohennagold Castle ruins are considerably well preserved. They are one of the largest and most beautiful castle ruins in the Germany. You can climb the castle hill via various hiking trails. In good weather you can see as far as the Swabian Alps. On weekends and public holidays in summer you’ll find cold drinks, ice cream and small snacks for purchase. Events also take place at the Hohennagold castle ruins several times a year. Check the website for an audio tour.

Address: 72202 Nagold, Germany

Castles just outside of the Black Forest

JUST outside of the official boundaries of the forest, these castles are worth adding to your list.

Hohentwiel Castle (Festungsruine Hohentwiel)

Hohentwiel fortress ruins are one of the largest castle complexes in Germany, covering nine hectares on the peak of a dead volcano. Originally built as a knight’s castle, it was first mentioned in 915. Through the years it has served as Württemberg state fortress and a state prison. Today you can view the ramparts and bastions of these impressive ruins. From here you can see Lake Constance and the peaks of the Alps. The Hohentwiel Music Festival is held yearly in July in the shadow of the castle.

Address: Hohentwiel 2a, 78224 Singen (Hohentwiel), Germany

Bruchsal Palace (Schloss Bruchsal)

18th century Bruchsal Palace, also called the Damiansburg, is a fancy Baroque palace complex made up of some 50 buildings. The former residence of the Prince-Bishops of Speyer is known for its impressive staircase and decidedly baroque ambience. In addition to the state rooms, there are also two museums in the castle which includes the German Music Automaton Museum that contains a fascinating collection of self-playing instruments. 1-hour guided palace tours take visitors through magnificently furnished rooms, state apartments, and ornate ballrooms. In summer open air concerts are on the schedule. Closed December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.

address: Schloßraum 4, 76646 Bruchsal, Germany

Bruchsal Palace Germany, castles near the Black Forest Germany
Bruchsal Palace

Hohenzollern Castle (Burg Hohenzollern)

The 19th century turreted Burg Hohenzollern Castle complex is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family (the Prussian Royal Family) and one of Germany’s most impressive landmarks. This massive Gothic Revival mountaintop fortification is located in the Swabian Alps. The original 11th century castle, home to the Princes of Prussia, was destroyed in 1423, the current structure completed in 1867.

With over 350,000 visitors per year, Hohenzollern Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany. Visitors experience the museum rooms, knight’s hall, two castle chapels, an art collection, and the Prussian king’s crown. The free castle app can be used as an audio guide. Several closing dates throughout the year so check the website. In summer the castle is host to open air theater and summer concerts.

Address: 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany

Hohenzollern Castle Germany
Hohenzollern Castle

Lichtenstein Castle (Schloss Lichtenstein)

Privately owned Lichtenstein is a 19th century Gothic Revival castle. This Romantic gem surely must have been inspired by a storybook fairy tale. This tiny cliff side castle situated high above the little town of Liechtenstein is a must see! Guided tours in German take visitors through lavish interiors. Closed in January and February.

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Address: Schloss Lichtenstein 1, 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany

Lichtenstein Castle Germany
Lichtenstein Castle

Sigmaringen Castle (Hohenzollernschloss Sigmaringen)

17th century Gothic Revival Sigmaringen Castle is one of the largest city palaces in Germany and is simply beautiful! It’s a real storybook castle come to life! On the 60-minute public tour visitors can explore the weapons collection (one of the largest private weapons collections in Europe with around 3,000 exhibits) and the lavish interior rooms and galleries. Or explore the castle on your own with the help of our audio guides. Stay in the rooms as long as you like. Audio guides are available in an array of languages. Closed December 24th, 25th, and 31st, January 1st, and from early January to early March.

Address: Karl-Anton-Platz 8, 72488 Sigmaringen, Germany

Map of Castles in the Black Forest

Use this map to quickly locate castles nearby. (Links to interactive Google Map)

map of castles in the Black Forest Germany
map of castles in the Black Forest Germany (links to interactive Google map)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many castles are in the black forest?

There are over 30 castles in the Black Forest. This article covers the top 33.

Is Neuschwanstein Castle in the Black Forest?

Neuschwanstein Castle, the dream child of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and inspiration for Walt Disney, is not located in the Black Forest. It is in fact located in the small town of Schwangau in the southern Bavaria region of Germany. Here we swap long lines for the peacefulness of the forest!

Is there a castle in the Black Forest?

In fact, there are several castles in the Black Forest! While maybe not Germany’s most famous there are several worthwhile castles ranging from opulent palaces to castle ruins, and even some castle hotels!

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