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Medieval Castles Near Frankfurt

By Viator, July 2017

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From a fairytale palace towering over the Rhine River to one of Germany’s oldest forts, there are a number of impressive medieval castles to explore outside Frankfurt and they each make for a great day trip destination. Here are a few of the best.

Greifenstein Castle
With a history dating back to 1226, the imposing stone ruins of Greifenstein Castle rank among Germany’s oldest fortresses, and the once-mighty stronghold is still remarkably preserved. Now a National Historical Landmark, visitors can explore the 12th-century torture chambers, wine cellars and herb gardens, climb the towers and marvel at the unique German Bell Museum.

Eltz Castle
With its majestic turrets, stone-brick towers and dramatic entry bridge, Eltz Castle is a residence fit for royalty, and it’s been the home of the Counts of Eltz ever since the 12th century. Perched atop a 70-meter cliff and surrounded by dense woodlands, the journey to the castle is as jaw-dropping as the lavish interiors, and visitors can tour the period-style rooms, including an armory room, a hunting room and the medieval kitchens.

Heidelberg Castle
Standing watch over the city from its hilltop perch, the striking pink sandstone facade of Heidelberg Castle is a romantic sight, framed by forested slopes. The most photogenic viewpoint is looking out over the Old Bridge across the Rhine, but it's worth riding the funicular to the top too, where you can admire the 13th-century Gothic-Renaissance ruins, stroll through the castle gardens and view the legendary Heidelberg Tun, the world’s largest wine barrel.

Schwetzingen Castle
Built as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Bavaria in the 18th century on the site of a medieval moated castle, Schwetzingen Castle is lavishly decorated with original furnishings and features an exquisite Rococo theater. The palace is most renowned for its stunning Baroque-style gardens, which include a formal French garden, an English-style park, a monumental mosque and Turkish garden, plus a vast series of sculptures.

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Eltz Castle Tour from Frankfurt with Rhine River Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Follow the footsteps of medieval lords and aristocrats on a tour of Eltz Castle, and then enjoy dinner on the banks of the Rhine! This must-do day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.98
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Heidelberg and Nuremberg Tour from Frankfurt

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Visit the cities of Heidelberg and Nuremberg, two historical highlights of Germany, on a day trip from Frankfurt. The charming cities are rich with history and ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Heidelberg and Schwetzingen Castles Day Trip from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Day Trips
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Heidelberg and Schwetzingen Castles Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit two German castles in one day on this must-do day trip from Frankfurt! With a tour of Heidelberg Castle and the city’s Old Town included plus a visit to ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Atta Dripstone Cave and Braunfels Castle Tour from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Day Trips
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Atta Dripstone Cave and Braunfels Castle Tour from Frankfurt

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Step into a world of stalagmites and stalactites at Atta Cave – Germany’s largest dripstone cave – and then visit medieval Braunfels Castle! This day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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