Impressive European castles that will take your breath away
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the 19th century on a rugged hill in Bavaria, Germany by King Ludwig II as a hideout. Started to open for the public in 1886, it now becomes one of the world's most visited tourist attractions with 1,300,000 visitors each year.
Surrounded by a myriad of green trees, the leaves turning orange in the fall or sparkle snowflakes as the winter comes have made Neuschwanstein more romantic than ever.
Eltz Castle, Germany
Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle, between 2 cities Koblenz and Trier in Germany. Currently, it is still owned by the Eltz family. Especially though the castle has lasted for a long time, it has never been destroyed.
Visiting Eltz, you will see the treasures including golds, silvers, armory and armors since ancient times.
Pena Palace, Portugal
Pena Palace in Portugal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the country. Situated on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains, this place will give you a magnificent view. In addition, you can also admire the harmony between the colors of the walls and their sophisticated decorative motifs.
Originally built in the Middle Ages, the Pena Palace was covered with cold paint like most other castles, but in 1838 it was changed to warm colors such as gold, orange, red to become the royal palace of the Portuguese royal family.
Atalaya Castle, Spain
Atalaya Castle is located in the Sierra de la Villa, north-west of Alicante Province, the old border between Castile and the Aragon Kingdom. It is an important fortress on the northern border of the Islamic Emirate Iberia.
Over many years and events, Atalaya still retains its original beauty. This is the center parties that belong to Moros y Cristianos - a gathering of celebrations held in many Spanish towns and cities every year.
Bodiam Castle, England
Bodiam Castle located in the East of Sussex was built in the 14th century. Designed with a quadrangular layout, Bodiam has no fortress around it. Walking around Bodiam, animals with strange shapes can surprise visitors. The atmosphere inside this castle is quite cold too.
After admiring the castle's architecture and interior, if you still have enough energy, you can try hiking up the hill and strolling through the nearby forest - one of the favorite activities of visitors.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Prague of the Czech Republic is one of most ancient castles in the world. Built in the 9th century, Prague Castle has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination worldwide.
Here, you can not only admire the ancient beauty of Prague, but also visit other interesting spots gradually built in this complex area such as churches, towers, halls, large gardens...
Pierrefonds Castle, France
The Pierrefonds Castle, or Château de Pierrefonds, is a stunning castle located in the northeast of Paris. Pierrefonds is like beautifully set out from the fairytale, and is a favorite scene of countless filmmakers.
This iconic castle has appeared in Walt Disney series "Wizards of Waverly Place" and BBC series "Merlin" series... It was also used for filming "Versailles" - a series co-produced by Canal and Netflix in 2017.
By: James Paquin