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Castele Vechi

Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. Jimi Hendrix

The world's very first vampire crush and Romania's most enduring celebrity, Dracula has a tremendous amount of charisma for someone who never technically existed. People travel from all over the world to go on vampire-inspired tours of the Carpathian mountains, Romanian villages and the castle (pictured) where the real-life inspiration for Dracula once lived.

Bran Castle (Dracula's castle), Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania, Romania

Lichtenstein Castle, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany. The original Cinderella Castle.

Leap Castle. Nr. Birr. Co. Offaly The Most Haunted Castle in Ireland - Reading about this on their blog gives me the chills. It's very scary!

Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany

Prasat Pram, Koh Ker, Angkorian site in northern Cambodia

The Ottoman/Venetian Castle of Methoni in Methoni, Greece. The Bourtzi, was first built by the Venetians around 1500 and completed by the Ottoman Turks in 16th century. Stone causeway leads out to small octagonal Bourtzi tower; where many soldiers and inhabitants slaughtered when Turks occupied fort 1500.

Ruins of Rupea Castle - Romanian Heritage Middle Age

Palace Swallow’s Nest; The neo-Gothic Swallow's Nest castle perches 130 feet (40 meters) above the Black Sea near Yalta in southern Ukraine. Built by a German noble in 1912, the flamboyant seaside residence now houses an Italian restaurant.

Château de Lavoûte-Polignac, France

Stairway to the Sea - Tintagel, Cornwall, UK

Castle Duurstede, a medieval castle in Wijk bij Duurstede in the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands.