Throne of great kings, emblems of power, unconquerable castles, European strongholds, and chateaus are much more than just popular tourist site. The confusing trait and enchanting atmosphere from this edifices even today. Here are 20 of the most amazing, fairytale-like castles and chateaus built in Europe for you.
1. Balmoral Castle, Scotland
In 1852 Prince Albert bought this castle. Since then this edifice is owned privately by the Royal Family of Britain. In 1997 it served as the Queen’s residence when Diana died.
2. Bodiam Castle, England
In 1835, the Bodiam Castle was made. It was built as a safeguard against French armies in the Hundred Years War.
3. Bran Castle, Romania
It is one of the most famous castles in the world. This castle is located almost in the middle of Romania. This castle is not famous for its construction but its famous for the legend associated with it. There is a hearsay that this castle is the home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But there is no evidence about its truth. Probable Bram didn’t even know the existence of this castle when he was composing the novel
4. Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland
Featuring an unusual triangular plan this castle was made in the 13th century. Throughout history, it has been enclosed several times and part of it has been ruined. After its reformation, now it’s a popular tourist spot.
5. Chateau De Chambord, France
This Chateau is one of the greatest symbols of the French Renaissance. This chateau was the hunting lodge of the famous French king Francois I.
6. Chateau De Chillon, Switzerland
This medieval castle is situated on the shore of Lake Geneva. This best-preserved castle has 100 separate buildings which were interconnected together serially.
7. Chateau De Martainville, France
This medieval chateau is situated in north-western France. It is one of the most popular tourist spots of this region. Now tourist can see here everyday furniture, life items and costumes from 16th- 19th century Normandy.
8. Chateau De Versailles, France
This magnificent chateau was the center of political power and a symbol or French monarchy in the 17th century. Now it is one of the most popular tourist attraction of France. You can see here the museum of French History.
9. Coca Castle, Spain
The Coca Castle is one of the magnificent castles of the medieval age. It was built during the late 15the century and is located in Spain. Now it is used as a school and training center of foresters.
10. Dunnator Castle, Scotland
This devastated medieval stronghold occupies an area of about 3.5 acres on a stone cliff in the north-eastern part of Scotland. You perhaps saw this castle from the 1990 movie “Hamlet” starring by Mel Gibson.
11. Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark
This castle is the largest of all castles built in the renaissance period in Northern Europe. It was the royal residence of King Christian IV. Now it is the museum of Danish national history.
12. Hochosterwitz Castle, Austria
This castle is of the prime medieval age. It is situated on a rocky hill in the state of Carinthia, Austria. Now it is a popular tourist attraction.
13. Karlstejn Castle, Czech Republic
Roman Emperor Charles IV built this Gothic castle. It is one of the most famous fortresses in Central Europe. This castle has been depicted in several fairytales and cinemas.
14. Malbork Castle, Poland
This is the biggest brick built castle in the world. It was completed in 1406. Now it is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Poland.
15. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This castle is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Germany. As this fortress has a fairytale-like look, every year about 1.3 million tourist visit here. See the above picture. How impressive it looks in winter!
16. Pembroke Castle, Wales
This medieval castle is situated on the rocky headland in Pembroke, West Wales. It was built in the 11th century. You may have seen this fortress in several movies such as “Jabberwocky” and “Richard II”.
17. Prague Castle, Czech Republic
This popular tourist site of Prague is the biggest castle complex in the world. It occupies a vast area of more than 18 acres.
18. Predjama Castle, Slovenia
This Slovenian castle was built in renaissance period near the own of Postojna. To make access to it hard this was made in the stone wall. Now, this is a popular tourist spot.
19. Segovia Castle, Spain
This stone fortress is one of the most popular edifices in the Iberian Peninsula. For its unique shape, it became an inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
20. Trakai Castle, Lithuania
This wonderful castle was one of the important centers of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. For this, it had extreme strategic importance. Now it is one of the most visited tourist spots in Lithuania.