Imagine the picture: it’s a beautiful day, you just came from the yard and you hear music from the big hall. You want to rest, so you climb the steps of the tower to your room. You are safely surrounded by stone walls, armed guards and a moat. It’s great to live in a castle. In this article, we will delve into history and find out which country has the most castles.
People have been building castles since ancient times. They were very popular in the Middle Ages when they were built for royal families. Today, some people still live in castles. However, most of the structures are non-residential. Instead, castles welcome thousands of tourists every year. Do you want to feel like the owner of the castle? Where should you go to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages as much as possible? Which country has the largest number of these majestic structures?
Of course, your first stop should be in Germany, which has more castles than any other country. The total number of castles here cannot be accurately calculated. According to rough estimates, there are more than 25,000 of them! The European Castle Institute started a study in 2018 to get an exact number. However, it will take ten years to complete the count.
Why are there so many castles in Germany? There is no single reason, but the history of the country can provide one explanation. Before Germany became one nation, it consisted of many tribes. Dating back to 3500 B.C. historical records show that these tribes fought each other. They were also under constant threat from outside invaders. The German tribes built castles to protect themselves.
Germany is not the only example here. Castles appeared throughout Europe to protect against the Vikings and Romans. Many of them are still standing in France, Spain and the UK. Wales has the highest number of castles per square mile. However, no other country has built as many castles as Germany.
Wouldn’t it be great to see all 25,000 German castles? Is this possible, and where should you start the journey? Most people probably won’t have time to see everything. The two most frequently visited structures are Wartburg Castle and Liechtenstein Castle.
The Wartburg Castle is one of the oldest castles still standing in Germany. Built in 1067, it has a long history. The Wartburg once attracted many famous poets and even hosted an annual poetry competition. In 1521, Martin Luther stopped at the Wartburg after he left the Catholic Church. There he translated the Bible into German in just ten weeks.
Liechtenstein Castle stands on a rock. A drawbridge connects it to the nearest land. The castle was built in 1377, but its tallest tower was added a hundred years later. Today, visitors to Liechtenstein Castle compare it to a fairy-tale fortress.
Other famous castles in Germany include Marksburg, Munzenberg and Burghausen. With so many buildings, you won’t get bored. Visiting German castles is a great way to learn about the country’s history and architecture. You can also learn a lot by visiting old buildings in the area where you live! What interesting buildings are near you?