15 Most Beautiful Castles In The World
Below is our picks of the 15 most beautiful castles in the world:
1) Chenonceau Castle, France, 1430
Château de Chenonceau is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in France. It is located near a small village Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley and was originally built over the river Cher in the 11th century.
2) Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This fairy like castle was built for King Ludwig II in 1886. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people come to view what was once his private refuge.
3) Hohenzollern Castle, Germany, 1454
Hohenzollern Castle is located at the top of Mount Hohenzollern, above and south of Hechingen. The castle receives more than 300,000 visitors per year.
4) Bodiam Castle, England
Bodiam Castle is situated in East Sussex and is one of England’s most known and loved castles. It was originally built in 1385, mainly with the intention of defending this area against the potentially invading armies of France during what would become known as The Hundred Years War.
5) Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
Kylemore was built as a private home for the family of a wealthy London doctor, Mitchell Henry in 1867. Today Kylemore Abbey and the estate are open to visitors all year and the main areas to be visited are; the Abbey, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens, the Craft Shop, Pottery studio, Restaurant and Tea Rooms as well as the Lake and Woodland walks.
6) Örebro Castle, Sweden, 1560
Örebro Castle is a medieval castle fortification in Örebro, Närke, Sweden. It was expanded during the reign of the royal family Vasa (House of Vasa) and finally rebuilt about 1900. The castle lies on an island in river Svartån.
7) Castle Howard, Yorkshire
One of the grandest private residences in Britain. This beautiful estate has been home to the Howard family for over 300 years.
8) Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria
This 11th-century castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Tennengebirge mountain range. Exterior shots of the castle were used as a French hotel in the movie ‘Just Married’.
9) Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California
The Sleeping Beauty castle was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle (Number 2) and stands as a landmark in Disneyland.
10) Castillo de Coca, Spain
Coca Castle, locally known as Castillo de Coca, lies in flat and wooded lands in the little walled town of Coca (Roman “Cauca”; birthplace of Roman Emperor Theodosius), in the Segovia province in Spain. Coca Castle was built in the 15th century by Alonso de Fonseca; the mighty archbishop of Seville, during the reign of King Enrique IV of Castile.
11) Château de Versailles, France
This royal château in France has a whopping 2,300 rooms, 67 staircases, and 5,210 pieces of furniture.
12) Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Prague Castle was named the largest ancient castle in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, occupying 70,000 square meters.
13) Balmoral Castle, United Kingdom
Balmoral has been a residence of the British Royal Family since 1852, when it was purchased by Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert.
14) Himeji Castle, Japan
Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in the city of Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.
15) Boldt Castle, Unites States
Boldt Castle is a major landmark and tourist attraction in the Thousand Islands region of the U.S. state of New York. Open to guests seasonally between mid May and mid October. It is located on Heart Island in the Saint Lawrence River.