There are so many breathtaking castles around the world that it’s very hard to distinguish which are the best ones. In general, all castles are a delightful sight for people who are interested to unravel the buried stories or legends that these castles embodied.
They are so excited to explore, don’t you agree? If you have the passion to unveil the amazing old castles around the world, these 10 below are among the most breathtaking ones. Which is your favorite one?
Castle Grimaldi – Côte d’Azur, France
Situated in Cagnes-Sur-Mer in the Alpes Maritimes and built in the rather impressive 13th century. The fort at the time was built to protect this area, as most of them were, from potential invasions as most were in fact for the very same reason. All of this mixed in with the south of France sunshine makes this a must-see venue. The castle became a town museum in 1946 and two years later, was classed as a classified historical monument. Today, it holds many classical music concerts, infamous artwork, and temporary art exhibitions.
Lichtenstein Castle, Germany
Fairytale-Esque surely did not look this impressive even in one’s deepest dream and imagination and could be straight from a movie entirely made out of CGI images. But no, this is the real deal and it magnificently stands proud over the hill in a true statement fashion. The gothic-style monument is nestled within the Swabian Alps, overlooking the vast nature below and surrounding. It was built in the 11th century, destroyed twice within the next 300 years or so. Fully rebuilt in 1842 when King Frederic the 1st came into possession but damaged once again during the second world war, and was rebuilt immediately after.
Castle of the Templars, Ponferrada, Castilla and Leon, Spain
via Víctor Gómez
This was once one of the largest ever fortresses in North-Western Spain and also one of the biggest in Western Europe at the time during the Medieval Ages. The castle has a very complex military structure. The stonework is unreal and breathtaking. The Templars themselves were standing strong for over two hundred years and constituted the most powerful Christian military at the time. While walking the Camino de Santiago, a fascinating historical sight can be seen. Today, the Templar houses a well-known library and Study Center where many gather for historical facts and admiration.
Bojnice City, Slovakia
Bojnice is the little jewel of Slovakia that looks like something straight out of the Disney Channels and home to the oldest zoo and the oldest spa town in the country. It is located right in the center of the county near the beautiful Nitra river and is one of the most visited places in the country. The atmosphere within the castle walls is truly electrifying giving you a true sensation and feeling so much energy all around. As time went on, many aristocratic families purchased the castle, and each one of them altered many details commodities and influenced the way it looks to date. An eye-watering fairytale castle.
Cliff Castle Ruins, Germany
Germany holds so many beautiful castles with some still standing with pride rejoicing our eyes and, mental state. Every now and then we come across eery ruins descending shivers down our spine of castles having being forgotten by the present, and one cannot admire enough the history and past before them. Currently, this 13th-century old ruin still has all of the wooden foundations and can be appreciated in its natural environment for hopefully years to come. It really does transport you to somewhere magnificent and magical sending you back hundreds of years in the past.
Two Towers at Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland
Ireland is home to the legend that physically kissing the Blarney Stone will help anyone become more charming. It is a major must-see for many visitors in Ireland and in and around Western Europe. Although no one really knows its true roots and why it is there in the first place, the rock is believed to be over 330 million years old. Whichever is the better-suited explanation for you, chances are it will be the right one for you.
Trakai Island Castle on Lake Galve, Lithuania
Trakai Island Castle is located on its own stand-alone Island in Trakai similar to the Statue of Liberty in NYC. Within the Lake Galve. Kestutis started the construction of the stone castle around 700 years ago somewhere within the 14th century. It was most famous for its outstanding defensive architecture in the country. The castle remained in the hands of tourism and naturally, the local’s people, having many outdoor entertainments such as outdoor concerts, music, and many cultural shows. You can enjoy a swim or sunbathe whilst yacht watching, and even fishing while camping.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Scotland is not short of magnificent castles and architecture as a whole. And, this castle dating back to the 13th century up in the highlands of Scotland near the little village of Dornie does not disappoint and lets no one down. Eilean Donan is an almost miniature tidal island and appears a lot on television and in movies such as James Bond, The World is not Enough. The castle can also be a suitable venue perfect for a marriage celebration in such a purely beautiful and picturesque setting.
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland
If you have never been to Scotland and you are a lover and appreciate architecture, Glamis Castle situated in Angus, Scotland is the right place. Still the home of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, but also open for the public visitors. With over one thousand years worth of superb history, it was once home to the inspiration of Shakespear with his famous play, Macbeth, and the childhood home of H.M Queen Elizabeth (the Queen’s mother). A remarkable piece of history that possesses so many memories enough for a lifetime.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
One might definitely be surprised to know that this fabulous landmark was built in the 19th century. The historical palace sits on the rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in South-West Bavaria, an absolute tongue twister of a name and not easily remembered! However, once seen – never forgotten. It was commissioned by King Ludwig II, the castle today holds many theatrical entertainments and is one of the best-regarded castles of Europe, even with its youthful image.