The Most Incredible Castles In The World

Are you a fan of all those monarchy movies? Do you suffer from some kind of fascination with royal families' history? Do you love all those stunning and magnificent locations? We have good news for you: you can see castles and palaces in lots of other places other than movies.

o, we are not talking about fairy tales books. Believe it or not, we are talking about real places. Here you have a list of the most incredible castles around the world. They are so beautiful you'll immediately find yourself booking a flight to one of those places.



Hohenzollern Castle, Germany


This amazing castle is located atop Mount Hohenzollern, on the edge of the Swabian Jura of central Baden-Wûrttemberg, Germany. Hohenzollern Castle receives over 350,000 visitors every year, being one of the most visited castles in the country.

Aragonese Castle, Ischia, Italy


This medieval Italian castle is next to Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. Aragonese Castle stands on a rocky islet and it was built in 474 BC.

Schönbrunner Palace, Austria


This palace is a former imperial summer residence. Schrônbrunn Palace is located in Vienna, Austria. With 1,441 rooms, it's one of the most important monuments in the Country.

Reichsburg Cochem, Germany


This castle is located in Cochem-Zell district, in Germany. The Reichsburg Cochem is a former Imperial castle, which was the first mentioned in 1130. And this beautiful castle has its own vineyards!

Bled Castle, Slovenia


This medieval castle was built on a precipice above Bled, Slovenia, and overlooks Lake Bled. Bled Castle may be the oldest Slovenian castle. Surrounded by mountains, it's probably one of the most beautiful castles in the world.

Alnwick Castle, England


This castle is situated in Alnwick, in the country of Northumberland. Alnwick Castle was built after the Norman conquest and is the Duke of Northumberland's seat. The Alnwick Garden, adjacent to the castle, is really beautiful too.

Château de Chambord, France


This French château was built by King Francis I of France in the 16th century. Château de Chambord is located in Chambord, France. During WWII, the Louvre's art collections were stored at this castle. This place is stunning.

Mespelbrunn Castle, Germany


If you saw the 1958 film "The Spessart Inn", you probably recognize this place. This castle is situated in Mespelbrunn, Germany, between Frankfurt and Wûrzburg. Mespelbrunn Castle's construction started during the 15th century, but it was completed in the 16th century.

Leeds Castle, England


This stunning castle is in Kent, England. Leeds Castle was bought by Eleanor of Castile, King Edward I's Queen, in 1278. In 1519, Henry VIII transformed the castle for Catherine of Aragon, his first wife. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and crossed over by centuries of history, Leeds Castle is an incredible place.

Scaligero Castle, Lake Garda, Italy


This Castello was built in the 13th century in Italy. Scaligero Castle got its name from a family from Verona, the Della Scala family, who ruled the region between the 13th and 14th centuries.

Wartburg Castle, Germany


This castle situated on a precipice overlooking Eisenach was originally built in the Middle Ages. Wartburg Castle wasn't only home of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, it's also the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.

Arundel Castle, England


This restored medieval castle is situated in Arundel, West Sussex, England. From the 11th century, Arundel Castle has served as home for the Duke of Norfolk's family for over 400 years.

Lichtenstein Castle


This castle is located on a cliff near Honau on the Swabian Alb, Baden-Wuerttemberg. Lichtenstein Castle used to be the official residence of the dukes of Urach. It's an incredibly beautiful place.

Riegersburg Castle, Austria


This medieval castle is situated on a dormant volcano. Yes, that's right: it's on a hill that used to be an ancient volcano. The castle is above Riegersburg, an Austrian town in Styria. Riegersburg Castle is owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.

Palace of Versailles, France


Everyone has heard about this place. The Palace of Versailles, or just Versailles, is one of the most popular attractions of France. King Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris to Versailles in 1682. The palace's grand apartments, the Galerie des Glaces and especially the Gardens are of an incomparable beauty.

Predjama Castle, Slovenia


This Renaissance castle is the largest cave castle in the world. Predjama Castle was built by the Patriarch of Aquileia has perched for 700 years on a 400 foot-tall cliff.

Burg Kreuzenstein, Austria


This 869 ft above the sea-castle is near Leobendorf, in Lower Austria, between Korneuburg and Stockerau. Burg Kreuzenstein was originally built by the Counts of Formbach. This place's beauty is such that it served as the location for several films and television series.

Bamburgh Castle, England


This is a castle located in Northumberland, on the northeast coast of England. The site was originally a Celtic fort, which was then destroyed by Vikings. The core of the present Bamburgh Castle was built by the Normans. Yes, it's not only beautiful but really old.

Schwerin Castle, Germany


This palatial Schloss located in Schwerin, Germany, was built as a fort at the end of the 10th century. For centuries Schwerin Castle was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg.

Carcassonne, France


This fortified city is located in the south of France. Carcassonne castle has its own drawbridge and ditch. Its role during the Albigensian Crusades made Carcassonne famous. Together with the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse, Carcassonne Cathedral and Church of St. Vincent, this place is just incredible.

Heidelberg Castle, Germany


This castle is located 260 ft up the Kônigstuhl hillside, in Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg Castle's first structure was built before 1214 and was later expanded. But the castle was later destroyed by a lightning bolt not once, but twice.

Warwick Castle, England


This medieval castle is located in Warwickshire, on a sandstone bluff at a bend of the River Avon. Warwick Castle developed from a 1068 castle built by William the Conqueror. You have to visit this place.

Schloss Esterházy


This palace is located in Eisenstadt, Austria. Schloss Esterházy was constructed in the late 13th century. The place is so magnificent that it even has a large festival and banquet room. Today it's a major tourist attraction.

Château de Chenonceau, France


This French château is near Chenonceaux, in Loire Valley. Château de Chenonceau is called "The Ladies' Castle". Why? Because throughout history, almost always women determined the château's fate. Although the current château was built during the 16th century, it was first mentioned in writing in the 11th century.

Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany


This 19th-century palace is located in southwestern Bavaria, Germany. Hohenschwangau Castle was King Ludwig II of Bavaria's childhood resident, and it was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria.

Hermesvilla, Austria


This palace is located in the Lainzer Tiergarten, in Vienna. It used to be a hunting area for the House of Habsburg. Hermesvilla was also called the "castle of dreams" because Emperor Franz Joseph I called it that way. He gave this castle of dreams to his wife Empress Elisabeth.

Bodiam Castle, England


This moated castle is located in East Sussex, England. It was built in the 14th century by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, who used to be Edward III's knight. He built it with the permission of Richard II, to defend the area against French invasion.

Swallow’s Nest Castle, Crimea


This lovely castle is located in a small town called Gaspra, between Yalta and Alupka, in Crimea. Swallow's Nest Castle was built for Baron von Steingel, a Baltic German noble. It seems like is about to fall, but it has been on top of high Aurora Cliff since 1911. Impressive, right?

Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, Italy


This castle is located on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano, in Bracciano, Lazio, Italy. The Castello Orsini-Odescalchi was built in the 15th century. And guess what? It served as the residence of the Borgia!

Château de Roquetaillade, France


This castle is located in Mazères, Gironde. Charlemagne built the first fortification in this place when he was on his way to the Pyrenees with Roland. The same family has been living in Château de Roquetaillade for over 700 years.

Culzean Castle, Scotland


This delightful clifftop castle overlooks the Firth of Clyde, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. Culzean Castle used to be the Marquess of Ailsa home. Rumour has it that the Castle is home to ghosts!

Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, Italy


This seaside castle is located in Naples, on the Gulf of Naples in Italy. Castel dell'Ovo got his name from a legend about Virgil, a Roman poet who had a reputation as a sorcerer and future teller. It's lovely, isn't it?

Château d’Angers, France

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This castle is located in Angers, in France. Counts of Anjou founded it in the 9th, but it got its current size when it was expanded in the 13th century. The Château d'Angers is a marvelous place to visit.

Burg Eltz, Germany


This amazing medieval castle is situated on the hills above the Moselle River, in Germany. Eltz Castle is still owned by the Eltz family, who lived there 33 generations ago.

Burg Hochosterwitz, Austria


This might be Austria's most impressive castles. Hochosterwitz Castle is located on a 564 ft high Dolomite rock in Carinthia. This medieval castle is incredibly stunning. Would you like to pay it a visit to this beautiful place?

Château d’Ussé, France


This Castle is located at the edge of the Chinon forest, in Indre-et-Loire, France. This lovely place overlooking the Indre Valley was rebuilt by Comte de Blois. The Château d'Ussé has incredibly beautiful gardens.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany


This 19th century Romanesque Revival palace is located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned this wonderful place as a homage to Richard Wagner. The Neuschwanstein Castle is just perfect.

Château de Pierrefonds, France

This place is so gorgeous it seems out of a fairytale. The Château de Pierrefonds is located in Oise, France. It was originally built in the 12th century and later rebuilt in the 14th century. Everyone should be able to visit this place at least once in a lifetime.

Palace of Fontainebleau, France


This is probably one of the most wonderful places in the world. The Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal châteaux. This place is not only magnificent because of its beauty, it also houses centuries of history.

Fort de Joux, France


This castle transformed into a fort is just magnificent. The Fort de Joux is located in La Cluse-et-Mijoux, in the Jura mountains of France. This stunning place currently houses a museum of arms and it has got a water well which used to be 482 ft deep.

Château de Bonaguil, France


This amazing castle is located in Saint-Front-Sur-Lémance, France and it was actually the last of the fortified castles. Château de Bonaguil was built in the 13th century, but it was later restructured in its entirety.

Château de Montrésor, France


This medieval castle is located in Montrésor, France and it used to be a fortress. The fortress was demolished in 1203, and Château de Montrésor was rebuilt in 1393. At the end of the 15th century, the delightful castle was bought by Imbert de Batarnay to build a Renaissance mansion.

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, France


This is a medieval castle located in Orschwiller, France, in the Vosges mountains. Its strategic location on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain makes Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg a super place to visit.

Windsor Castle, England


Have you ever seen something as magnificent as this place? The British royal family residence is just stunning. The original castle was built in the 11th century. Inside this beautiful castle's walls, there's a 15th-century stunning building: St. George's Chapel.

Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria


This castle sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in Salzburg. The German name of this place is Festung Hohensalzburg, that literally means "High Salzburg Fortress". This marvelous place is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France


The word you are looking for is "magnificent". This amazing medieval fortress is located in the commune of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, overlooking the Dordogne River in Périgord, France. It's breathtaking, isn't it?

Balmoral Castle, Scotland


Have you ever seen something as beautiful as this place? Balmoral Castle is in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It's been one of the British Royal Family members' residences since 1852. This magnificent Scottish castle has even a water garden!

Château d’Amboise, France


This château is located in Amboise, on the river Loire in France. It was confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century and then became a royal residence. This place is just stunning.

Sigmaringen Castle, Germany.

This breathtaking place was the princely castle and the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen seat of government. Sigmaringen Castle is located in the Swabian Alb region of Baden-Wûrttemberg and is Germany's second largest palace.