The most stunning castles of the world
You don’t need to be an architecture enthusiast to be stunned by how some castles look like. At some point in your life, you will probably encounter them and say "This is magnificent!". Well, if you want to experience this feeling then check out this list of the most beautiful castles in the world and plan the trip to their location! Most of them are hundred years old, have interesting, sometimes violent, history and they hide mysteries that you’d better discover with your own eyes.
Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany
It's a 19th-century palace on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. The palace was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in honor of Richard Wagner. More than 1.3 million people visit the castle every year with as many as 6,000 tourists per day.
Hohenwerfen Castle - Austria
It's a medieval rock castle around 40 kilometers south of Salzburg. The castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennen Mountains. Nowayads, the castle functions as a museum. There are also guided tours showing its extensive weapons collection, as well as a fortress tavern.
Conwy Castle - United Kingdom
Conwy Castle is a medieval fortress in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. It may look a little bit serious but is definitely an impressive place. Maybe you will organize the next trip there?
Prague Castle - Czech Republic
Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic. It's dating from the 9th century and it's the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat Holy Roman emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia. It's impressive, isn't it?
Windsor Castle - Windsor, England
It's one of Queen Elisabeth's castle so hopefully, it's enough reason to see it. Not only the castle itself is worth visiting but its yard as well. Just remember to book the tickets in advance as you can expect long ques in front of the castle. You will never forget its view!
Alcázar of Segovia - Spain
The Alcázar of Segovia is located in the city of Segovia, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but was used as a royal palace and a state prison. It is currently used as a museum so if you like such places, you need to see it one day.
Matsumoto Castle - Japan
It's one of Japan's premier castles of historical meaning. The building is also known as the "Crow Castle" because of its black exterior. It looks so interesting that you may not find a similar castle in the world. It would be great to see it in reality, wouldn't it?
Palace of Versailles - France
The Palace of Versailles was the major residence of the Kings of France until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. It is located southwest of the center of Paris. You probably heard about it many times. It is known not only in Europe but definitely in the whole world. Just look at the picture!
Kilkenny Castle - Ireland
It's a castle in Kilkenny and was built in 119. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and an important element of the defenses of the town. The gardens and parkland in the castle's neighborhood are open to the public. It's just magnificent!
Książ Castle- Poland
Książ Castle is the biggest castle in the Silesia region. It's situated in the north of Wałbrzych in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. The fortress overlooks the gorge of the Pełcznica river and is definitely one of the Wałbrzych's main tourist attractions. It's worth seeing!
Hatley Castle - Victoria, B.C., Canada
It was purchased by James Dunsmuir, who was of Scottish descent in 1906. He and his wife Laura hired a famous Canadian architect Samuel Maclure to create a 40-room mansion in the Scottish baronial style. Now we can admire this impressive castle and have wonderful photos with it.
Balmoral Castle - Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Balmoral Castle is a huge estate house in Scotland, near the village of Crathie. It's known for being one of the residences for members of the British Royal Family since 1852. That's why anyone who loves the British Royal Family should see this castle as well.
Catherine Palace - Russia
The castle was created in 1717 when Catherine I of Russia hired a German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to build a summer place just for her pleasure. So it was just because of her whim but now we have an amazing place to visit. Just look at the picture!
Château de Chillon - Veytaux, Switzerland
Chateau de Chillon is definitely a romantic castle in Lake Geneva near Montreux. It's also a most-visited historic monument in Switzerland and a great destination for all families. So you can take anyone with you to see this castle and you will see that it's definitely worth seeing.
Hochosterwitz Castle - Launsdorf, Austria
Hochosterwitz Castle is a castle in Austria and it's considered as one of Austria's most impressive castles from the medieval period. It is located on a 172-meter-high Dolomite rock The rock castle is one of the major tourist attractions so you need to see it as well with your own eyes.
Predjama Castle - Slovenia
Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth! It's located in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. Such a view is quite rare so tourists from all around the world visit the place to see this piece of art. Maybe you should do the same?
Bodiam Castle - United Kingdom
Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by a former knight of Edward III. It seems that the United Kingdom has a lot of magnificent castles and if you go there then Bodiam Castle must be on your "must see" list.
Guaita Castle - San Marino
The Guaita Castle is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano. It was created in the 11th century and was used mainly as a prison. It is one of the three towers that you can see on both the national flag and coat of arms. If you go to San Marino then this castle is a place that you must definitely see.
Osaka Castle - Japan
It's a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka. The castle is one of Japan's most recognizable landmarks and it had a major role in the unification of Japan in the sixteenth century. You should see it both because of historical properties and its elegant, original look.