Updated: Jun 26, 2019
Europe is the land of castles, displaying some of the greatest architectural achievements in the world. Castles are full of magic and mystery, something straight out of a fairy tale.
These structures have seen it all- the wars, fires, dozens of generations, and have stories to tell. From the Bran castle to Windsor castle, each has a story of its own and perhaps a ghost story or two. This blog lists down 10 castles we think you should visit on your trip to Europe.
1) Bran Castle (Bran, Romania)
Also known as Dracula’s castle, it is often referred to as the home of Count Dracula, the character in Bram Stoker’s novel. Whether Dracula really existed and slept in this castle is still a mystery, but that what makes it worth a visit is its breathtaking beauty.
2) Hohenwerfen Castle (Werfen, Austria)
This medieval rock castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennen Mountains. It was alternatively used as a state prison and therefore has a sinister reputation. But nothing has stopped this castle from attracting tourists all over the world.
3)The Hohenzollern Castle (Baden-Württemberg – Germany)
Hohenzollern Castle is a hilltop castle located on the Berg Hohenzollern. With over 350,000 visitors per year, Hohenzollern castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany. In 2015, parts of the thriller-horror film A Cure for Wellness were filmed at the castle. Visit this castle to see it its exquisite beauty.
4) The Alcázar Castle (Segovia – Spain)
Alcázar of Segovia is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is currently used as a museum and a military archives building. It is also an inspiration for action role play game – Terranigma.
5)Windsor Castle (Windsor England)
This blog wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Windsor castle. It is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. Also it is a popular tourist attraction, a venue for hosting state visits, and the preferred weekend home of Elizabeth II.
6) In Love With The Wind (Ravadinovo- Bulgaria)
The most amazing fact about this castle is that a private project started in 1996, when the designer draws a big cross in the field near the village of Ravadinovo, Bulgaria. The construction of the Castle was inspired from a dream from the childhood - to build own magic Castle, the same as in the fairy tales. This castle is truly out of a fairytale castle.
7) The Eltz Castle (Wierschem – Germany)
This medieval castle has been owned by the same family for over 850 years. It is one of only three castles on the left bank of the Rhine River that hasn’t been destroyed over the centuries. This castle is worth a visit if you are feeling adventurous.
8) Egeskov Castle (Denmark)
The castle is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle. Besides that it is home to a lot of museums. Outside, the castle is a Late Gothic building. Inside the original elements already show Renaissance design.
9) Corvin Castle (Romania)
It is one of the largest castles in Europe and figures in a list of the Seven Wonders of Romania. It is sometimes mentioned as a source of inspiration for Castle Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 horror novel Dracula. No wonder castles are the land of Dracula.
10) Kylemore Abbey (Ireland)
Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. This surely sounds interesting.
Castles have always created a mysterious aura around them. And that is the best thing that makes it worth a visit.