Traveling between Geneva, Switzerland and Kempten, Germany. What are some recommendations for castles that would be entertaining for kids 7-10 years old?

Ideally, I would like to find something within 30 minutes off of A1 in Switzerland and A96 and A7 in Germany (basically along a driving route between Geneva and Kempten).

I'm thinking not palaces or ones with long guided-tours, but rather some that kids can wander up towers to explore and learn, see some weapons & armor, and maybe a trebuchet :)

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    Search Google for 'Saalburg', the children love it and there's a show. All in German by the way. But overall your question is too broad for the site's q/a format, please narrow the scope a bit.
    – Gayot Fow
    Apr 4, 2016 at 21:47
  • This question brings back memories of La Perouse as a kid. Apr 5, 2016 at 9:00
  • Saalburg looks great, but it's a long way off the specified route. Andrew, could you clarify La Perouse? Is that in France close to Geneva? I'm not finding a number of castles when searching for that name. Thanks!
    – cneller
    Apr 5, 2016 at 17:43
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    I'd like to propose that the hold on this question be removed. I've added a specific route between the two locations already mentioned. I realize there are likely scores of castles along it, which is why I've tried to give a few more details on what we're looking for. Thank you.
    – cneller
    Apr 5, 2016 at 17:49
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    The Munot fortress in Schaffhausen is quite impressive. You might also visit the Rheinfall on the way.
    – user24582
    Apr 6, 2016 at 12:10

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Chillon Castle, located on a rock on the banks of Lake of Geneva near Montreux.

Kyburg Castle, located between Zurich and Winterthur very close to A1.

Both places are kinds friendly and very close to your route.

  • Chillon Castle was great. We also enjoyed the town of Gruyere (closer to A12 than A1, however). In hindsight, this question does have a tremendous number of answers - there are so many castles, city walls and ruins to explore that we probably couldn't have gone wrong.
    – cneller
    Aug 4, 2016 at 18:09

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