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History And Culture In The Heart Of Europe

Mar 11, 2008
Easily accessible in the heart of Europe, Germany provides a great vacation destination for all the family.

One of the major points that may surprise visitors to Germany is its diversity. This country contains a range of different delights for tourists, such as top European city centers, charming villages, lake and mountain regions and even cruises along the river Rhine. However, a great part of Germany's present involves delving into its past and a perfect way in which to do just that is to visit one or many of Germany's castles.

Castle Road

The route of the Castle Road runs from Mannheim to Prague and hosts over 70 castles. Tourists may take a step back into history and travel along this road that is packed with castles and fascinating stories and legends. A visit to one or several of these attractive sites is a must for the traveler. Visitors will discover that some of the castles have been partly transformed into restaurants or hotels. Some of these sites even host events, such as weddings. A trip to such a castle provides a great way to feel the special ambience of the past. Those who choose to arrange to stay the night in a castle will certainly come across a unique experience.

A castle that is sure to capture every visitor's heart is the castle at Neuschwanstein. This castle was opened to the public in 1886 and appears to be the perfect type of castle for fairy tales. It is interesting to note that this particular castle was the model for the castle in Disney's Sleeping Beauty in Disney Land. However, the Neuschwanstein castle is real and creates a dramatic and impressive sight at all times of the year.

The castle ruins at Heidelberg present the town's top attraction. The earliest parts of this structure are believed to have been built in AD 1214. Only part of this castle has been restored and it sits, surrounded by trees overlooking the town. Heidelberg is also an excellent location in which to find a place to stay offering easy access to the Castle Road.

The Mannheim Castle was built in the mid 18th century and is a large impressive structure in the center of the city. World War II brought about destruction for parts of the castle. However, restoration was completed in 1968 and today part of this castle houses the University of Mannheim. Hotels can be found in Mannheim itself in close proximity to the Mannheim castle.

These are just a few of the castles and palaces that can be found in Germany. It is incredible to note that over 25,000 castles and palaces may be discovered all over the country. Accommodation can be arranged close by to many of the beautiful castles offering stunning views. In addition, in some cases package deals are available which include a room and tickets to enter the castle.
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