Most Beautiful Castles Around The World
Burg Altena, Germany
Altena Castle (German: Burg Altena) is a medieval hill castle in the town of Altena in North Rhine-Westphalia. Built on a spur of Klusenberg hill, the castle lies near the Lenne in the Märkischer Kreis.The castle was erected by the early Counts of Berg in the early 12th century. Eventually, the House of Berg abandoned Altena and moved their residence to Hamm.
Chateau De Miolans, France
The Fortress of Miolans is located in the small town of St-Pierre Albigny, between the major towns of Montmélian and Albertville. It is situated in the foothills of the Arclusaz Mountains, a 550m-long rocky ridge 200m above the Combe de Savoie valley.
Chateau De Chilon, Switzerland
Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve. Chillon is amongst the most visited medieval castles in Switzerland and Europe!
Cawdor Castle, The Scottish Highlands
Cawdor Castle is a castle in Nairnshire, Scotland. It is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries. Originally a property of the Calder family, it passed to the Campbells in the 16th century. It remains in Campbell ownership, and is now home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor, stepmother of Colin Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor. The castle is perhaps best known for its literary connection to William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, in which the title character is made “Thane of Cawdor”.
Castle Hohenzollern, Germany
Hohenzollern Castle is a hilltop castle located on the mountain Hohenzollern, an isolated promontory of the Swabian Jura 855 meters (2,805 ft) above sea level, 234 meters above and to the south of Hechingen, Germany, approximately south of Stuttgart, capital of Baden-Württemberg. This mountain lends its name to the local geographic region, der Zollernalbkreis, and is known among locals as Zollerberg (Zoller Mountain), or simply Zoller.
Butrón Castle, Spain
Butrón is a castle located in Gatika, in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain. It dates originally from the Middle Ages, although it owes its present appearance to an almost complete rebuilding begun by Francisco de Cubas in 1878. The castle has a fairy-tale look about it inspired by Bavarian castle models.
Burg Eltz Castle, Germany
Eltz Castle is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, thirty-three generations ago. Eltz Castle is one of two castles that are on the left bank of the Rhine which have never been destroyed.
Chateau De Suscinio, France
The Château de Suscinio was built in the late Middle Ages, to be the residence of the Dukes of Brittany. It is located in the commune of Sarzeau in the Department of Morbihan, near the coast of the Atlantic ocean. The spectacular site comprises the moated castle, a ruined chapel, a dovecote, and a few ruined outbuildings.
Château De Trévarez, France
The Château de Trévarez is a stately home in the commune of Saint-Goazec in Finistère, in Brittany, France. The former manor house was built in the 16th century and the 17th century. Trévarez is one of the most recent châteaux built in France. Construction was completed around the beginning of the twentieth century.
Chateau Des Milandes, France
The Château des Milandes is a manor house in the commune of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne Department of France. Built by François de Caumont around 1489, it was, until 1535, the main house of the lords of Caumont, who preferred to live in this manor house instead of the large, uncomfortable medieval castle of Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. In 1940, the entertainer Josephine Baker rented the château and then bought it in 1947. It has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1986.
Moszna Zamek, Poland
The Moszna Castle is a historic palace located in the small village of Moszna, in southwestern Poland. Situated approximately 30 kilometres south of the regional capital Opole, the residence is an excellent example of romantic fairy-tale and eclectic architecture.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century historicist palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner.
Werrnigerode Castle, Germany
Wernigerode Castle is a schloss located in the Harz mountains above the town of Wernigerode in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The present-day building, finished in the late 19th century, is similar in style to Schloss Neuschwanstein, though its foundations are much older.
The Chateaux of the Loire, France
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley are part of the architectural heritage of the historic towns of Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Montsoreau, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours along the Loire River in France. They illustrate Renaissance ideals of design in France.
Schloss Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Castle is a ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Schelenburg is a water castle in Schledehausen, municipality of Bissendorf, Lower Saxony. Built in the Weser Renaissance style, it is one of the oldest castles of the Osnabrücker Land.