Now that it’s no more secret that you all love castle, and you have enjoyed the part – 1 of Beautiful Castles Around The World
, it’s time to release part – 2 which has even more beautiful castles. I know, you can’t wait to see those pictures, so I will not write and spoil the mood. Here you go, presenting part-2!!
1. Cochem Castle, Germany
Cochem is a picturesque small town located in Rheinland-Palatinate. It is surrounded by vineyards and hills. Above the town stands the breathtaking Cochem Castle. If you take a visit to the castle you have fantastic views over Cochem and the Mosel River. Walking around the castle makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale story. It’s a magic place.
2. Karlstejn Castle, Czech Republic
Located about 35km from the capital city of Prague lies the 14th Century Gothic castle of Karlstejn, the most visited and most famous castle in the Czech Republic. Built by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, Karlštejn served as a place for safekeeping the Empire coronation jewels, holy relics and other royal treasures. It’s the perfect place for a day trip away from the city, set in the beauty countryside with some great hiking trails in the surrounding protected forests. It really is something out of a Disney film!
3. Château de Pierrefonds, France
The Castle at Pierrefonds towers majestically above the sleepy town below. Wander around the copious, well-tended gardens and look out around the surrounding hillside onto the forest of Compiegne before marvelling at the outstanding beauty of the architectural delight lovingly being restored to resemble the plans of architect Viollet-Le-Duc. Inside you cross over the draw-bridge and enter a large courtyard before heading into the various buildings to look around the vast orate rooms where you can ponder over the various knightly coats of arms still present on the walls before heading down into the dungeon and the underground cemetery to explore.
4. Himeji Castle, Japan
Himeji castle was the most beautiful castle I visited during my trip to Japan, especially during sakura bloom in spring. It is just 15 minute walk from Himeji main railway station and can be visited on the way to Hiroshima or during day trip from Osaka or Kyoto.
5. Castle Osterstein, Germany
Castle Osterstein in Zwickau has probably not been on a list for castle tours for the last 250 years. Having been the former noble castle of the city of Zwickau it served as a prison for almost 200 years and “housed” amongst others Karl May, August Bebel and Rosa Luxemburg. I only remembered it as a large ruin on the corner of Zwickaus’ old town. Then quite surprisingly about 3 years ago I came back to Zwickau and there it was, fully restored and an impressive addition to Zwickaus cityscape.
6. Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein
By far, the most beautiful castle setting we’ve ever seen is Vaduz Castle in Liechtenstein. Perched high on the cliffs over the capital of this small country, Reigning Prince Hans-Adam II and his son Hereditary Prince Alois still live in their ancestral home. Unfortunately, that means it is not possible to visit inside the castle, however, you can hike up to the castle’s walls for the stunning views of the surrounding Alps. While many castles in Europe have taken on the feeling of tourist spectacles, Vaduz Castle still retains the charm of a true royal residence.
7. Château de Chillon, Switzerland
Chateau de Chillon is a beautiful Island Castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva. According to the Castle´s website this is the “Most visited historical monument in Switzerland”.The rocky island on which the castle is built, was both a natural protection and a strategic location to control the passage between northern and southern Europe.
By Banu from Through My Lens
8. Bran Castle, Romania
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So, there’s this amazing, mysterious 12-century castle we want to tell you about – Bran Castle, a.k.a. Dracula’s Castle. Often considered as a major Romanian attraction, it was made famous only in 1897, after an Irish novelist Bram Stoker set his masterpiece book Dracula there. Interestingly, we never visited the place, but consistent English libraries and his own grotesque imagination were enough for the writer to portray Bran Castle as “a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.” In reality, the castle belonged to various knights, kings and regimes. Nowadays the remaining royal heirs, well into their 70’s, are trying to sell it for $80 million. If this story got you excited – you can be the next Dracula!
9. Dunollie Castle, Scotland
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After 5 months of visiting all sorts of castles in Europe, we ran across the what looked to be the remains of a castle over looking the bay in Oban, Scotland. There was no signs or admission fee’s just us and the castle. Know as Dunollie Castle, it was the ancestral home of Clan MacDougall. Also thought to be the Capitol of Scotlond in the 7th and 8th centuries. You could easily imagine the days of it’s glory as we explored the ruins. Dunollie Castle has remained one of my favorite castles in Europe.
10. Pembroke Castle, Wales
A beautiful medieval castle in West Wales, this has been the birthplace of Henry VII. The castle and its massive walls sit on River Cleddau. There’s mammoth history related to the castle and its dark secrets which are really interesting if we go on guided tour. There’s plenty of staircase, Castlekeep tower for a viewpoint, and a spiral stairway that takes you beneath the castle to a cave known as Wogan Cavern. A walk around the banks of the river provides fantastic views of the castle.
So that brings us to the end of Part -2 of this collaborative effort. Many thanks to all the enthusiastic travel bloggers and photographers for showing interest in featuring in our post and sharing lovely castle pictures. Thanks again!
Have you visited any of these castles? Which is your favourite one?