Burghausen Castle: Touring the Longest Castle Complex in the World

November 18, 2019 14 Comments

While we were on our honeymoon in Austria and Germany, Matt and I tried to see some unique and off-the-beaten-path places, and Burghausen Castle is one of the most unique palaces I’ve seen. At over 1,000 meters, Burghausen Castle is the longest castle complex in the world! I’ve been to castles like Versailles and lots of different castles in Denmark, but Burghausen Castle in upper Bavaria is made up of lots of buildings connected by a walled complex with towers. And people actually live in a lot of the buildings in Burghausen, which must be pretty cool! If you want to visit a unique castle in Germany with beautiful buildings and incredible views, Burghausen is for you 🙂

Burghausen Castle: Touring the Longest Castle Complex in the World

History of Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle can actually be dated back to the Bronze Age! Throughout the 11th century, the castle was passed between dukes and counts in Germany. The castle complex was built up more during the 13th century under Duke Henry XIII. The castle sits on a hill (which means it has great views of the area below!), and the complex was built up and extended across the entire hill through to the 16th century.

Burghausen Castle is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses. Its most famous resident was a princess named Hedwig in the 1500s. She was from Poland and was the wife of Duke Georg the Rich, and their wedding was so famous that it’s reenacted every four years as the Landshut Wedding pageant!

Tower in Burghausen Castle

View of Salzach River

Burghausen Castle tower

Cobblestone path in Burghausen Castle

Pink flowers in Germany

Chapel in Burghausen Castle

House in Burghausen Castle complex

Who wants to live in the castle complex?

View of Burghausen city

Views of Burghausen

Because Burghausen Castle sits on a hill, you can get great views of the town of Burghausen and the Salzach River. The church tower is St. Jakob’s, and it was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style while the tower is a “double onion” Baroque style. Fires damaged it over the years, but it’s been repaired and partially reconstructed.

Church tower in Burghausen

Burghausen Castle walls

View from Burghausen Castle

Chapel in Burghausen Castle

Garden in Burghausen Castle

Purple flowers in rain in Germany

View of Burghausen

Burghausen Castle tower

Burghausen Castle garden

Burghausen Castle complex

Longest castle in the world

Longest castle in the world

Burghausen Castle towers

Downtown Burghausen

Colorful buildings in Burghausen

Salzach River in Germany

Because Burghausen Castle sits on top of the hill, you can get views on both sides of the hill! Downtown Burghausen can be seen on one side, and you can get views of the river and the countryside on the other. It was raining when we first arrived so it was pretty overcast, but on a sunny day, you can probably get better views of the countryside in the distance!

Window box in Burghausen Castle

Church tower in Burghausen

Bridge in Burghausen Castle

Painted frescoes on Burghausen Castle

Longest castle in the world

Red rose in rain

Burghausen Castle walls

Longest castle in the world

View of Burghausen church tower

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle frescoes

We got to Burghausen Castle right when it opened, so as you can see, it was pretty empty! (The drizzly morning probably helped that, too!) If you want to have the whole castle complex to yourself, I definitely recommend going first thing in the morning. When we were leaving, there were large groups of tourists starting to come in.

Burghausen Castle cannonballs

Burghausen Castle frescoes

Burghausen Castle church windows

Burghausen Castle tombs

Burghausen Castle doors

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle house

Burghausen Castle windowbox

Burghausen Castle clock tower

Burghausen Castle is one of the most unique castles I’ve seen, and since it was built up over a few centuries, it was cool to see such a variety of architecture! If you’re looking for some different things to see in Germany, I definitely recommend visiting the longest castle complex in the world to check out the castle and get pretty views of Burghausen 🙂

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tina

    November 22, 2019

    Such beautiful photos! Like a fairytale!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 23, 2019

      It really is! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Céline

    November 20, 2019

    I had never heard of this castle but it looks very picturesque and I love the fact that people actually live in some of the buildings!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 21, 2019

      I know, I’m so jealous of them!!

  3. Reply

    Mayi

    November 20, 2019

    How lucky you were to nearly have the castle all to yourself. The castle grounds and surroundings are absolutely gorgeous. I would love to stay there for the night, the atmosphere must be something else!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 20, 2019

      It would be so cool to stay there overnight!

  4. Reply

    Kathy Walker

    November 20, 2019

    What beautiful picyures of all the castles! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 20, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Reply

    Meghan Emcee

    November 20, 2019

    I learned so much after reading this! I’d never heard about the Burghausen Castle before and now it’s added to my bucket list!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 20, 2019

      I hope you’re able to go! 🙂

  6. Reply

    Jenni

    November 20, 2019

    What an awesome looking castle! Everything is so ornate and we’ll preserved too.

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 20, 2019

      Yes it’s in great shape!

  7. Reply

    Eric Dent

    November 18, 2019

    And you can see Austria on the other side of the river!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 19, 2019

      Yes you can!

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