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More and more couples are choosing unusual, often quirky destinations to mark the beginning of their married life. From fairy-tale castles to palatial abbeys, from football stadiums to chocolate factories, we bring you ten extraordinary wedding venues across Germany that would not only add a unique touch to your very special day but are sure to be talked about for years to come.
Burghausen Castle, the longest castle in the world (confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records) dating back to the Bronze Age and the former residence of Bavarian dukes could be the setting of your dream wedding. Take your pick from the two gorgeous chapels in the castle – Hedwigskapelle (up to 110 persons) and Elisabethkapelle (up to 100 persons). Afterwards, receive your guests at Torwartstube (perfect for an intimate gathering of up to 60 people) or at Dürnitz (suitable for bigger receptions of up to 200 guests).
Burg 48, 84489 Burghausen, Germany, +49 89 179080
If you’ve always dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding, Germany has you covered – and how! While weddings are not held in the castle interiors, you can have an achingly romantic wedding in the grounds of the Neuschwanstein Castle, deemed to be the most beautiful castle in the world and the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Very few wedding venues can match up to this one in terms of photo opportunities.
Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau +49 8362 930830
At Franz Marc Museum, you get to say your vows in the midst of priceless paintings, while the jaw-dropping vistas of Lake Kochel provide a fitting backdrop. Weddings are held in the viewing room of the famous museum on Fridays and Saturdays, followed by a champagne reception in the foyer, a splendid meal in the restaurant or the sun terrace and a guided tour of the museum for the guests.
Franz Marc Park 8-10, 82431 Kochel am See, +49 8851 92488 17
Give Charlie a run for his money by actually getting married in a chocolate factory! At the Cologne Chocolate Museum, usher in your married life while basking in the heady aroma of cocoa beans, while the Cologne Cathedral and the River Rhine add to the dreamy setting. Here is to sweet, sweet beginnings!
Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH, Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, 50678 Köln, +49 221 931 888 17
You’re bound to feel on cloud nine, quite literally, when you celebrate your special day at the Berlin TV Tower, a 368 meter high globally renowned historic structure. Here, you can sign into your new life at Berlin‘s highest registrar’s office while enjoying a panoramic 360° view of the city from the observation deck at 203 meters. Follow it up with a delectable spread for your guests at the revolving restaurant.
TV Turm Alexanderplatz Gastronomiegesellschaft GmbH, Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin, +49 30 24 75 75 875
For football fans, a wedding venue can’t get more exciting than the Dresden Football Stadium. The classy lounges, modern VIP rooms, lodges, balconies and terraces with views of the field are suitable for anywhere between 10 to 1,000 guests. The organizers are happy to work with you to decide on decorations, catering, flowers, photography, lighting, invitations and music.
Move over 5-stars, and say ‘I Do’ under a million stars at Hamburg Planetarium. Treat yourself and your guests to mind-boggling 360° image and audio projections at one of the most popular planetariums in Europe. Round it off with fantastic views of the city from the observation deck and a gala dinner.
Planetarium Hamburg, Hindenburgstraße 1b, 22303 Hamburg, +49 40 4288 652 25
Classic Remise certainly provides a one-of-a-kind setting for your wedding. Here, you get to hold your wedding reception right in the middle of vintage beauties on wheels. The premises offer various halls for events of different sizes. Your automobile-enthusiast guests will surely appreciate the guided tour of the premises.
Lange CI GmbH, Wiebestrasse 36-37, 10553 Berlin, +49 30 3640 7813 (Berlin)
Harffstraße 110a, D – 40591 Düsseldorf, +49 21122950570 (Düsseldorf)
If all the romance and sticky-sweetness make your stomach churn, we have the perfect venue for you. Frankenstein Castle, the inspiration behind the cult horror novel Frankenstein, is far removed from fairy-tale romance but bathed in a palpable aura of myth and mystery. The diverse rooms of the castle are suitable for wedding receptions of varied sizes and the terrace provides awesome photo opportunities. The management is happy to make arrangements for all aspects of the wedding, including bridal makeup, flowers, decorations, catering, music and more.
Burg Frankenstein, 64367 Mühltal, Germany, +49 6151 501501
The word Ettal translates to ‘Valley of the Promise or Oath’, making it a perfect location to say your vows. After a dreamy church service in the palatial structure of Ettal Abbey, you can welcome your guests at the adjoining lavish baroque Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer. The hotel is known for its warm welcome, tasteful decorations and delicious cuisine. Remember that this is an extremely popular wedding venue; make your bookings well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Benediktinerabtei Ettal, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1, 82488 Ettal, Germany, +49 (0)8822 740