Europe is home to some of the most exquisite castles located around the mostvirgin locales across its landscape.Here is a look at some those you must visit when in Europe.
Travel the history of Castles around the world with -If I can generate enough income, Id like to get a castle, a historic castle that I can restore.-Henry Thomas
Hohenzollern Castle, Germany. This fairytale castle is the historical seat of the Prussian Kings and German Emperors. The view from the castle that stands on top of Mount Hohenzollern (855m) is as stunning as the complex itself.
Prague Castle, The Czech Republic.Prague Castle, an iconic site of the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the largest and oldest castlesin the world. It is about 570 meter long and 130 meter wide, and its design represents literally everyarchitectural style of the last millennium, from Gothic to Romanesque and Baroque features.
A painting of a castle by Scottish artist Nasmyth
Himeji Castle, Japan.Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle due to its amazingwhite exterior, is a stunning complex comprised of 83 woodenbuildings. It was originally built in the 14th century and is located inthe Kansai region of Japan.
Chambord Castle, France.The location of the castle was chosen by King François I as he desired to be near his mistress,Claude Rohan, whose palace was located adjacently. The massive castle has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, and 84 staircases, and it is the largestchateaux in the Loire Valley in France.
A painting of the‘French Revolution’, France, Vizille.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.The castle was designed by Christian Jank, a theatrical set designer rather than anarchitect, for Ludwig II of Bavaria who was declared insane before the castlescompletion. Situated on a rugged hill, in southwest Bavaria, today the castle is one ofthe countrys most popular tourist attractions.
Conwy Castle, Wales.Conwy is one of the most prominent fortresses built by Edward I in the 13th century. It is one ofthe key castles of the kings "iron ring" of fortresses constructed in Wales. It is estimated thatEdward spent £15,000 (£162 million in 2009) on the construction, which makes it the most costlycastle in the Welsh history.
Guaita Fortress,San Marino, Italy.Guaita fortress, located onGuaita peak andoverlooking the city of SanMarino, is an iconic imageof this micro countryembraced by Italy. The fortress wasconstructed in the 11thcentury and served as aprison for some time.Guaita is one of the ThreeTowers of San Marino,located on the three peaksof Monte Titano. Thetowers are depicted on theSan Marinos national flagand its coat of arms.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland.Built in the 13th century to hold back the Vikings, today Eilean Donan Castle is one of themost famous sites in Scotland. Most probably it was named after Bishop Donan who came toScotland in the 6th century. It is situated on an island, surrounded by the amazingscenery of the Scottish highlands.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. -Henry David Thoreau
Alnwick Castle, England.Alnwick Castle isthe second largestinhabited castle inEngland afterWindsor Castle, and has beenhome of the Earlsand Dukes ofNorthumberlandsince 1309.It has featured inmany film andtelevisionproductions overthe years.
The Roaring Meg cannon, or mortar, at Goodrich Castle.
Windsor Castle, United Kingdom.Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and royal residence in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire,notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. The original castlewas built after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror.