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"Castles Around the World".. I love them ALL..

"Castles Around the World".. I love them ALL..

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Schloss Hohenzollern, or Castle Hohenzollern, is easily one of the most beautiful castles in Germany. Part of its scenic allure lies in its position atop Mount Hohenzollern. This mountain, it should be noted, tops out at around 2,800 feet above sea level, and the views from the castle grounds are rewarding. As for the castle itself, the spectacular design was inspired by the castles in the Loire Valley in France, and there is a delightful English neo-Gothic edge to it all. The Hohenzollern C.

Schloss Schwerin is a beautiful castle that travelers arguably shouldn’t miss when passing through northern Germany. More specifically found in the city of Schwerin, east of Hamburg, this impressive structure formerly served as the home of the dukes of Mecklenburg, who eventually became the dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Today, it serves as a state parliament seat, and parts are open to the general public; it is among the German castles that are commonly on lists of things to do in the northe.

Schloss Schwerin - Schwerin Castle

The name “Frankenstein” is best known as the creator of the monster who haunts the pages of Mary Shelley’s novel and the screen of many horror movies since. Shelley and her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, accompanied by their friend Lord Byron, visited castles in Germany in the early 1800s. It is thought that she visited Frankenstein Castle, near Damstedt Germany (not far from Frankfurt), and gained inspiration for her haunting tale from local folklore. Frankenstein Castle is a ruined Germa.

Linderhof Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Germany. King Ludwig II commissioned the construction of three castles during his reign, but it was only in Linderhof Castle that he spent any significant amount of time. Compared to the other of Ludwig's castles Linderhof stands in start contrast. Where Neuschwanstein is elegant and tall, perched upon the slopes of the Alps, Linderhof initially started small.

Linderhof Castle

Marksburg Castle is a splendid fortress that sits above the town of Braubach in Germany's Middle Rhine region. One of the main sites that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge, this castle is interesting for a few different reasons at least. For starters, it is the only castle in the region that has never been destroyed, and it doesn't hurt that it has more than 700 years of history to share. Of course, the scenic nature of this structure is reason enough to venture by for some sights...

Marksburg Castle - History of Marksburg Castle

Heidelberg Castle is among the top tourist attractions that Heidelberg Germany has to offer. Although it lies in a mostly ruined state, this red sandstone castle maintains plenty of scenic appeal and is often mentioned as one of the top Gothic-Renaissance structures in the country, as well as one of the best castles in Germany. You can't miss it when visiting Heidelberg, as it dominates the old downtown area from its hillside perch. As for getting to the site, the fact that it sits 260 feet u...

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Gloriously set atop a hill in Germany’s mountainous Bavaria region, the Schloss Hohenschwangau is an impressive sight to see. It’s not all about the glorious setting, however. The Hohenschwangau Castle, as it is known in English, has quite an interesting history. The nineteenth century neo-Gothic structure that you see today was born out of the ruins of a former fortress, not far from what is today the city of Fussen. This old fortress was built in the twelfth century and was used by the knig...

Schloss Hohenschwangau - Hohenschwangau Castle

"Chambord Castle" - France's Loire Valley is châteaux country, a beautiful region with an extraordinary cluster of regal mansions, palaces, and famous French castles. Chambord Castle (Château de Chambord) is the largest and most extraordinary of these, rivaled only by nearby Chenonceau Castle. King François I built Chambord Castle in France as a hunting lodge and spent less than eight weeks here his entire reign, but he spared no expense in its construction.

The group that came to be known as the Anglo-Saxons settled England in the eighth century. It was at this time that many of the territories, whose names still persist to this day, were established. Areas such as Dumbarton, York, Dorchester, Dover, and more still make up the districts of modern day England. Later in the eleventh century, the Anglo-Saxons were conquered by the Normans, crowning William the Conqueror king in 1066 at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey, where succeeding kings and que...

Eilean Donan is a small island located in Loch Duich, which is in turn situated in the Highland region of Scotland. Lying half a mile from the Scottish village of Dornie, the island is connected to the mainland by a footbridge and is characterized by the medieval castle that sits atop the island. The castle was built in the 13th century to protect against Viking raids and underwent restoration from 1919 to 1932.

Edinburgh Castle is a military fortification built on top of Castle Rock. The area has been settled by humans as far back as 9 BC. The area has long been of strategic military value and numerous seiges over hundreds of years have caused the fortifications to be destroyed and rebuilt several times. The oldest of the buildings still standing date back to the 16th century.

Located in Cork Ireland, Blarney Castle has been the location for many castle’s over the years. The current version was constructed by the McCarthy clan in the mid 1400’s. It’s currently home to the Stone of Elloquence more commonly known as the Blarney Stone.

Manzanares el Real is a town with 6,140 inhabitants located in the northern part of the Community of Madrid. The pride of the town is the Castle of the Mendoza, the most well-preserved castle in the Community of Madrid. Construction of the castle began in 1475 and it was finished shortly thereafter, and since then, the castle has been featured in a variety of motion pictures, such as El Cid.

The Castle of Monfort is located in the Dordogne River Valley and it was originally constructed by the French as part of their war with the British. The purpose of the castle was to allow the French to control traffic down the river, giving them a strategic advantage. However, the castle ended up being destroyed several times, having to be rebuilt each time.

Kylemore Abbey was founded in 1920 as a Benedictine monastery on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, which was located in Connemara, Ireland. The Abbey was meant to serve as a place of refuge for Benedictine nuns that fled Belgium during World War I. The structure was built between 1863 and 1868 as a private home for a wealthy politician, but the politician did not spend much time at the castle after his wife passed away.

Nestled in the hills above the Moselle River in Germany, the Burg Eltz is a medieval castle that is still owned by a branch of the same family that constructed it back in the 12th century. The castle is divided into several parts, which are then shared by the various heirs of the castle. Burg Eltz incorporates a variety of architectural styles, such as Romanesque and Gothic.

Dunrobin Castle is located in Scotland’s Highland and it serves as the seat of the Countess of Sutherland and Clan Sutherland. While the castle was originally constructed in the 1300s, the castle as it appears today mostly results from extensive renovation in the 19th century. Architecturally, the castle combines French Renaissance characteristics with traditional Scottish architectural considerations.

The Chateau de Perrifonds is a castle located in the Oise department of France. Although it underwent an enormous restoration effort in the 19th century, the Chateau de Perrifonds retains most of the architectural similarities to a defensive fortification from the Middle Ages. The castle was originally built in the 12th century and would change hands through several families throughout the rest of the Middle Ages.

Schwetzingen Castle is a German palace located in Schwetzingen in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Known for its huge, gorgeous gardens, as well as for the ornate charm of the castle itself, Schwetzingen Castle was originally created as a summer home for Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore. The castle was built on the grounds of a hunting lodge in the early 18th century.

In Lake Geneva is the Chillon Castle, which is also known as the Chateau de Chillon. This castle is comprised of 100 individual buildings that were connected one by one over time. The history of the Chillon Castle dates back more than 800 years.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century palace that was constructed in Southwest Bavaria, Germany, and it has become one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and homage to Richard Wagner, the castle has become the most photographed building in Germany, even though photographs of the interior are not permitted. About 50 million people have visited the castle in the last 120 years.

Peles Castle is Neo-Renaissance castle that was built in a particularly beautiful part of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains between 1873 and 1914. King Carol I of Romania fell in love with this particular stretch of rugged terrain and decided to build the castle in 1866, which, according to architectural technicalities, is actually a palace due to its lack of defensive fortification. Peles Castle is widely regarded as one of Romania’s national landmarks.


Bodiam Castle Bodiam Castle is a quadrangular castle located in East Sussex, England This castle was built in the late 14th century by a veteran of King Edward III’s wars with France.