Located in Upper Bavaria in the eponymous city of Burghausen, Burghausen Castle is the world's longest castle complex, featuring a length of 1051 m (3448 ft). The castle was founded long before 1025 and was transferred to the House of Wittelsbach, a German dynasty from Bavaria, before it became the second residence of the Dukes of Lower Bavaria in 1255. Under George, Duke of Bavaria, the castle’s extension was completed and henceforth it became the region’s strongest fortress.
You can visit the former royal living rooms, where, unfortunately, no original furniture has been retained. Nevertheless, the current furnishings do give an authentic impression of the royal apartments. Near the rooms, you can find the castle chapel St. Elisabeth, characterised by its late Gothic net vault and decorated with paintings from the 14th and 16th century.
Additionally, the Staatsgallerie, a branch museum of the Bavarian State Collection, presents late Gothic panels and a monumental painting cycle about Bavarian history. From there, 62 steps lead you up to a viewing platform featuring a unique and beautiful panoramic view.
How to get there
Coming from Munich, you can get to the castle via motorway A94, which you leave at exit Burghausen. Coming from Frankfurt, Nürnberg and Regensburg, you should take motorway A3 to Regensburg, then change onto B20 towards Straubing to Burghausen. From Innsbruck, Rosenheim and Salzburg, visitors can also follow B20 to Burghausen.
Free parking is available near the castle at Curaplatz square. From Burghausen, you can get a bus to the castle. Exit at Ludwigsberg.