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Bavaria’s most popular palaces and magnificent buildings

Margravial Opera House

The Bavarian administration of the state palaces, gardens and lakes has drawn a visitor balance for 2019. Almost 5.2 million guests were counted. Guess which castle occupies 1st place.

Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (picture alliance / dpa / D. Ebener)

10th place: Margravial Opera House

In the visitor ranking, not only castles and fortresses were taken into account, but also cultural monuments and theaters such as the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. With 102,943 guests, it occupies tenth place in the visitor hit list. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 18th century and is still as impressive with its opulent decoration as it was then.

Germany BdT Liberation Hall in Kelheim (picture-alliance / blickwinkel / Luftbild Bertram)

9th place: Liberation Hall

The liberation hall in Kelheim recorded 116,409 visitors and thus reached ninth place. The memorial commemorates the victorious battles against Napoleon in the Wars of Liberation from 1813 to 1815. The buttresses on the outer facade are crowned by 18 colossal statues as allegories of the German tribes. Inside, 34 goddesses of white marble shake hands.

Germany Walhalla in Donaustauf (picture-alliance / dpa / A. Weigel)

8th place: Walhalla

A monument also made 8th place with 140,593 visitors. The Walhalla near Regensburg, one of the most important German national monuments of the 19th century. The classicist building is based on the Parthenon Temple on the Athens Acropolis and honors German-speaking rulers, generals, scientists and artists. Her busts and plaques adorn the interior.

Imperial Castle in Nuremberg (picture-alliance / dpa)

7th place: Imperial Castle Nuremberg

The Kaiserburg, the symbol of the Bavarian city, rises above the center of Nuremberg. It is one of the most important imperial palaces of the Middle Ages in Europe and reached seventh place with 183,678 guests. Visitors can visit the imperial rooms in the palace and climb the Sinwell tower (picture), which offers a fantastic view over Nuremberg.

Happy Birthday Ludwig Schloss Nymphenburg (picture-alliance / dpa / S. Hoppe)

6th place: Nymphenburg Palace

In 1664, Elector Ferdinand Maria had Nymphenburg Palace built in the west of Munich as a gift to his wife. For a long time, the castle served as the summer residence of the Bavarian rulers. Together with the palace park, it is one of the most visited sights in Munich. In 2019, 323,575 guests came, making the castle number 6 on the popularity scale.

Würzburg Prince-Bishop's Residence (picture alliance / JOKER / E. Häfele)

5th place: Residenz Würzburg

With 339,121 visitors, the Würzburg Residence occupies 5th place. It was built in the 18th century and for a long time served as the seat of the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is a mix of Viennese baroque, French palace architecture and Italian architecture. The magnificent staircase with the largest ceiling fresco in the world is particularly impressive.

Herrenchiemsee New Palace (picture alliance / ZB)

4th place: New Herrenchiemsee Palace

King Ludwig II sat on the Bavarian throne for 22 years, from 1864 to 1886. He ruled little, but built four castles. Like the New Herrenchiemsee Palace, romantically located on an island in Lake Chiemsee. The palace is built as an image of Versailles, so it is magnificent. No wonder it’s so popular. With 356,393 visitors it reached 4th place.

Germany BdT Bayern Linderhof Palace near Ettal (picture-alliance / dpa / K.-J. Hildenbrand)

3rd place: Linderhof Palace

Linderhof, surrounded by the Bavarian mountains in the Ammergau Alps, was the favorite castle of the shy shy Ludwig II. The building is relatively small, but also beautifully furnished. The king spent much time here alone. Loneliness has long ceased to be found in Linderhof. With 412,849 visitors, the castle came third.

Munich Antiquarium Residence (picture-alliance / dpa / MC Hurek)

2nd place: Munich Residence

Back to the Bavarian capital. The Bavarian dukes, electors and kings ruled the Munich residence for over 400 years. With a total of 521,417 guests, it set a new visitor record in 2019 and thus reached second place. Which lock is left now? There can only be one thing:

BG Forggensee | Neuschwanstein Castle in autumn, east view, view from Marienbrücke, Forggensee, Schwangau, Allgäu, Bavaria, Germany, Europe (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / J. Beck)

1st place: Neuschwanstein Castle

No other building stands for Bavaria like Neuschwanstein Castle. The fairytale castle of Ludwig II near Füssen in the Allgäu is one of the most famous sights in Germany. It is picturesquely situated on a rock with a view of the foothills of the Alps. In 2019, 1.44 million guests visited it, the absolute leader among Bavarian castles.

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