Germany's Noble Neuschwanstein

Germany's Noble Neuschwanstein lesson plan

Explore German history from the Middle Ages to modern times. Study German castles, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, then design and build one of your own.

  • 1.

    Find Germany on European and world maps. Research the country's history and its culture. Find pictures and descriptions of some of the hundreds of ancient palaces and castles located in Germany. What materials were used in their construction? Why are they still standing after so many years?

  • 2.

    With a variety of different boxes, cardboard rolls, and other recycled materials, put together a castle. Cut construction paper or paper cups with Crayola® Scissors to make turrets. Attach pieces with Crayola School Glue and masking tape.

  • 3.

    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Paint the castle using Crayola Washable Paint and Paint Brushes. Dry.

  • 4.

    Glue on doors and windows cut from construction paper. Use craft sticks, foam produce trays, and/or paper plates to add accents to your castle. Color in details with Crayola Washable Markers.


  • Students locate Germany (Deutschland) on a map of Europe, and find photographs of castles located in the country.
  • Students research information about German culture and history from the Middle Ages to modern times.
  • Students design and build a castle resembling those found in Germany.


  • Younger students or those with learning disabilities focus on one aspect of German history, such as the construction of castles. Gather information about daily life in castles, such as clothing, food, daily routines, and transportation. Design costumes an
  • Research one German castle, such as the famous Neuschwanstein located in the Bavarian Alps, to find out the many interesting facts about it.
  • Construct other German architecture such as a magnificent cathedral or fortress.