Traces of medieval Europe can still be found throughout the continent in the castles that have stood the test of time. Filled with both beauty and history, these castles draw visitors from around the world who come to see how Europe’s royal families once lived. This photo tour offers a glimpse of Europe’s most notable castles.
Windsor Castle, England
Originally built in the 11th century, England’s Windsor Castle continues to serve as the country’s royal residence. The Georgian and Victorian designs of this castle sit on 13 acres in Berkshire.
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
One of the oldest castles in Slovakia, Bojnice Castle is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful. This romantic castle is also a popular backdrop for fairytale films.
Chateau de Chenonceau, France
Chateau de Chenonceau sits on the River Cher as an enduring example of 16th-century Renaissance architecture.
Miramare Castle, Italy
Sitting on the Adriatic Sea, this 19th-century castle was originally built for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian.
Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Built by King Ludwig in the 19th century, Castle Neuschwanstein is also known as the “fairytale castle.”
Ashford Castle, Ireland
This medieval castle is now a luxury hotel where guests can enjoy activities like golfing, falconry and horseback riding.
Peles Castle, Romania
This beautiful castle in the Carpathian Mountains is a stunning example of German Renaissance architecture.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
The fortress of Edinburgh Castle is one of a limited number of European castles to still have a military presence, though the British Army’s presence is largely ceremonial.
Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania
Trakai Island Castle is a gothic structure that sits on an island in Lake Galve.
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