Photo tour of European castles

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Traces of medieval Europe can still be found throughout the continent in the castles that have stood the test of time. This photo tour offers a glimpse of Europe’s most notable castles.

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

Windsor Castle (Image: gailf548)
Windsor Castle (Image: gailf548)

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

Bojnice Castle (Image: Pufacz)
Bojnice Castle (Image: Pufacz)

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 (Image: Trodel used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Chateau de Chenonceau (Image: Trodel used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Chateau de Chenonceau sits on the River Cher as an enduring example of 16th-century Renaissance architecture.

Miramare Castle, Italy

Miramare Castle (Image: rozsagab)
Miramare Castle (Image: rozsagab)

Sitting on the Adriatic Sea, this 19th-century castle was originally built for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian.

Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany

Castle Neuschwanstein (Image: mdid)
Castle Neuschwanstein (Image: mdid)

Built by King Ludwig in the 19th century, Castle Neuschwanstein is also known as the “fairytale castle.”

Ashford Castle, Ireland

Ashford Castle (Image: Elin B)
Ashford Castle (Image: Elin B)

This medieval castle is now a luxury hotel where guests can enjoy activities like golfing, falconry and horseback riding.

Peles Castle, Romania

Peles Castle (Image: archer10 (Dennis) used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Peles Castle (Image: archer10 (Dennis) used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

This beautiful castle in the Carpathian Mountains is a stunning example of German Renaissance architecture.

Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Prague Castle (Image: davidjlee used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Prague Castle (Image: davidjlee used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle (Image: martie1swart)
Edinburgh Castle (Image: martie1swart)

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 Castle (Image: Lee Fenner)
Trakai Castle (Image: Lee Fenner)

Trakai Island Castle is a gothic structure that sits on an island in Lake Galve.

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Photo tour of European castles was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.