This mini-expansion, featuring 6 well-known castles in Germany, allows the players to become lords and ladies, earning extra points for their famous estates.
General info and comments
Castles in Germany (Burgen in Deutschland) was released in C2 (the 2nd edition) by Hans im Glück in 2019. A C3 (the third edition) version was released in 2022, which has cities with clipped buildings.
This mini expansion was originally released in C1 (the 1st edition) in 2015.
This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below. You can combine it with other expansions - but at your own risk – that is, there will be no official rules for these combinations.
- 6 double-size landscape tiles depicting German castles
Each player picks one castle of his choice. When you play as two or three players you can take 2 castles each. Alternatively, you may shuffle the castle tiles and deal them out. Then, you place your Castle tiles face up in front of you. 
Instead of taking a Land tile from the draw pile players are allowed to place one of their castles. Note that a Castle tile must not touch another Castle tile, neither directly nor with the edges (diagonally). All other placing rules stay the same as in the basic game.
Example 1: Incorrect placement of German castle tiles.
Having placed their Castle tile, players are allowed to place a meeple. They may place the meeple on a road, city, or field or as lord in the castle.
Scoring of a completed castle
A castle can be completed and scored the same way as monasteries. As soon as the castle is surrounded by other Land tiles, you, the lord gets 12 points and take your meeple back to your stash.
At the end of the game all Land tiles surrounding an incomplete castle score one point. The Castle tile itself counts as 2 points.
Example 2 - German castle scoring at the end of game:
You get 8 points for your castle at the end of the game (6 points for the surrounding Land tiles and 2 points for the Castle).
Scoring roads and cities around a castle
If a road or a city which ends on the Castle tile is completed, players get bonus points. Each player who gets points gets 3 bonus points for each castle which is involved.   It does not make any difference if the castle is occupied or not.
Example 3 - Road and city scoring with German castles:
- You place the castle in the bottom left corner and place a meeple inside on it. You complete 2 roads and 1 city by doing that.
- Green and Blue get 16 points for their city. (10 points for the city and 2 x 3 points for the castles)
- You get 6 points for your road (3 points for the road and 3 points for the castle)
- Blue gets 10 points for his road (4 points for the road and 2 x 3 points for the castles)
Roads: Roads looping back to a German castle will consider the two square spaces occupied by the double-sized tile separately. 
Example 4: This road loops back to the German castle ending at the same half. Red scores 7 points for it (4 points for the road itself and 3 points for the German castle). Note the road occupies 4 square spaces, counted as tiles. (3/2021)
Example 5: This road loops back to the German castle ending at different halves. Red scores 9 points for it (6 points for the road itself and 3 points for the German castle). Note the road occupies 6 square spaces, counted as tiles, where two of them correspond to the two halves of the German castle. (3/2021)
Monasteries: Since monasteries are scored according to the occupied spaces by the monastery itself and its adjacent spaces, a German castle tile counts as the number of spaces it occupies: 1 or 2 depending of its placement relative to the monastery.
Question: Can we assume that monasteries A and B also score 9 points?
Answer: Yes, it's also 9 points. For each occupied space around the monastery 1 point (8 points) and 1 point for the monastery itself. (1/2021)
Examples of monastery scoring with German castles.
The player gets 1 point for the monastery tile and 1 point per occupied space around it, no matter if it is a square tile or part of a double-sized tile:
- Example A: This completed monastery scores 9 points, with 3 German castles in its vicinity.
- Example B: This completed monastery scores 9 points, with 2 German castles in its vicinity.
At the end of the game there aren't any bonus points for cities or roads.
Question: Does a German castle count for field scoring?
Answer: No, it doesn't count for field scoring. The German castle is on one tile, so its has less functions than a castle that sits between two tiles. (10/2015)
This section contains additional information about the interactions with other Carcassonne expansions.
This section covers clarifications regarding the interaction of German castles with other expansions (from 10/2015, later updated in 1/2021)
Question: How should we consider double-sized tiles for towers and flying machines?
Answer: Even if it is a double tile, you simply count the spaces (areas). A double tile still consists of 2 spaces. Therefore it doesn't matter if you use double-sized tiles or normal tiles for the tower, flying machine or a dragon, the "range" stays the same. (1/2021)
Question: Should we consider that we should always count spaces (areas) and not tiles, and then consider any tiles in that space if more than one or part of one?
Answer: Yes exactly. For example, a dragon could walk 2 steps on a double-sized tile, but if it is a German castle, it would already eat the meeple on his first step on the tile. (1/2021)
Exp. 1 - Inns & Cathedrals - Bonus Points
Scoring first takes place for roads with an inn or a city with a cathedral, and then the +3 bonus from any German castle is added.
Exp. 3 - The Princess & the Dragon - Dragon movement
German castles do not protect meeples from the dragon. The German castle is on one tile, so it has less functions than a castle (from Bridges, Castles and Bazaars) that sits between 2 tiles. The function or the mechanics of the German castle is more like those of a monastery.
The German castle tile is one single tile but it represents two spaces for the movement of the dragon. The dragon affects the whole tile when it lands on it, but it may represent two steps in its movement.
Example 1: The dragon starts to move and enters a German castle tile that permits several options for its second step, one of them still on the same tile.
Example 2: This dragon movement includes a German castle tile. The dragon affects the whole tile in step 3 even if only it lands on one of the spaces occupied by the tile.
Example 3: This dragon movement includes a German castle tile. Steps 3 and 4 happen on the same tile but the dragon occupies two different spaces before leaving the castle tile.
Exp. 4 - The Tower - Tower range
German castles count as one tile for the tower, but they represent two spaces for the tower range. If at least one of the spaces occupied by a German castle tile is in range from the tower, any meeple placed on the tile can be captured.
Example: The range of this tower of height three includes German castle tiles. The numbers indicate the range from the tower. German castle tiles maybe affected even if only one of the spaces it occupies is in range from the tower.
Exp. 5 - Abbey & Mayor - Part 1: Wagon movement
The wagon can be placed on a German castle.
The wagon can be driven to a German castle after completing a road that is connected to the German castle - as long as the German castle is not finished and no other meeple owns it.
Exp. 5 - Abbey & Mayor - Part 2: Barn Placement
The general rule states that the base for the barn has to be stable - that means that the corner of all four tiles have to touch each other and all tiles must have field in the corner for the placement of the barn.
A German castle tile can therefore occupy one or two of the corners under the barn.
Example: Valid cases of barn placement when German castle tiles are involved.
Exp. 8 - Bridges, Castles & Bazaars - Castles
You can build a small city including the semicircular city segment on a German castle tile. If this small city is converted into a castle, neither the small city at that point nor the castle, if scored, will receive bonus points for the German castle.
Mini #1 - The Flying Machines - Flier distance and placement
The German castle counts as 1 tile occupying two spaces. The flier considers spaces for its movement. If the flier lands on a space occupied by a German castle, it can choose any feature on the whole tile, that is, the flier has the choice of 3 roads, 1 city or the German castle (the function or the mechanics of the German Castle is more like those of a monastery.) The flier can only land on one of these features if it is not yet finished.
Example F1: Two cases of flier trajectory involving German castle tiles. In the example at the bottom, the flier can land on the German castle if the die roll is 2 or 3.
If the flight of the flier is diagonal, all steps must be in a straight line in the direction the arrow shows from the flying machine tile. The angle cannot change but it would if it had entered via one corner of the German castle tile, and exited via the opposite corner. If the flier lands on the German castle tile then the flier has the choice of 3 roads, 1 city or the German Castle. The flier can only land on one of these features if it is not yet finished.
Example F2: These examples show a diagonal flier trajectory involving German castle tiles. The violet arrow indicates the correct trajectory following the flying machine direction. The grey arrow shows an invalid diagonal trajectory as it deviates from the trajectory indicated by the flying machine.
Example F3 - Placement of a flier on a German castle tile: Red throws the die and gets 2. The flier lands on the German castle tile. The roads and the German castle are already completed. Red can only land on the city segment because the city is not completed.
The Plague - Plague spreading
A German castle counts as 1 tile for the plague tokens, but two spaces for its movement. See the example with the dragon above.
The Watchtowers - Scoring
A watchtower scoring for roads or cities will consider the features on each half of a double-sized tile separately. 
A watchtower scoring for meeples will consider all the meeples on double-sized tiles adjacent to them, even if one of their halves is not actually adjacent.
Question: If a watchtower scoring for meeples is adjacent to only one half of a double-sized tile, does the watchtower consider those meeples on the half adjacent to the watchtower or all the meeples on the tile?
Answer: The watchtower will consider all the meeples on the double-sized tile. (10/2022)
Third edition C3
Total tiles: 6
Second edition C2
Total tiles: 6
The castles in detail
Königstein Fortress (Saxony)
This castle is one of Europe's biggest hilltop fortresses. It is situated in Saxon Switzerland in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains near Dresden. The fortress was built on top of a rock plateau 240 meters above the river Elbe. Over a period of more than 750 years, this place became an impressive ensemble of buildings of the late gothic period, the renaissance, the baroque and the 19th century.
Konradsheim Castle (North Rhine-Westphalia)
This water castle is situated between Cologne and Bonn and is one of the few castles of the late Middle Ages in the Rhineland still preserved. The knight Arnold von Buschfeld is said to be the builder of this castle. First mentioned in a document in 1337, the castle is nowadays private property and can be rented for events.
Rieneck Castle (Bavaria)
This castle was built around 1150 near the town of Rieneck above the river Sinn in Lower Franconia in Bavaria. Today, the castle serves as a scouting facility and is owned by the German Christian Guide and Scout Association. Particularly well known – and the centrepiece of the castle – is the “Thick Tower“ built in the 12th century with his romantic wall chapel constructed completely enclosed by the keep's wall.
Eltz Castle (Rhineland-Palatinate)
It is considered the paragon of German castles. It is situated in the Eltz river valley near the Eifel. It was built in the beginning of the 12th century and has yet never been destroyed. Eltz castle has a history full of myths, luminaries and distinguished art.
Wartburg Castle (Thuringia)
The Wartburg (Burg: german castle) is situated above the city of Eisenach in Thuringia. Built around 1067 under Louis the Springer ("the Jumper") the castle is – since 1999 – a UNESCO World heritage site. Between May 1521 and March 1522 Martin Luther, who had found shelter inside the Wartburg, translated the New Testament into German.
Bentheim Castle (Lower Saxony)
This is a castle complex in the middle of the city of Bad Bentheim in Lower Saxony, which has been built in the Early Middle Ages. First mentioned in a document in the 11th century it is believed to be one of the largest and most beautiful castle complexes in north-western Germany. Nowadays, the castles museum can be visited year-round.
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