One cannot possibly picture Europe without picturing centuries-old castles, perched on some tall mountain between the clouds, with medieval stone walls and soaring towers, that look straight out of the fictional world.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, it’s ambitious design and the rugged terrain made it a challenging built which took more than 20 years.
It later served as an inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland.
Alcázar de Segovia, Spain
Originally built as a fortress, the castle has seen multiple incarnations which include royal residence, a prison, a military academy and presently, is a museum.
Pena Palace, Portugal
The forest encircling it, has plants from all around the planet.
Built in 1854, this bright-colored castle features a fascinating mix of Moorish, Gothic and Manueline architecture.
Bran Castle, Romania
Popularly, though wrongly, known as Dracula’s Castle, this castle attracts literature enthusiasts from all over the world. Its first mention dates back to the 14th century.
Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria
Guarded by the Tennen and Hagen mountains, it sits more than 2,000 feet above sea level. This magnificent fortress is the one in the background of The Sound of Music.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Ireland
An ideal destination year round, it’s surrounded by extensive lush green woodland known as the Victorian Walled Garden. This well-manicured estate offers unforgettable lakeshore walks amidst its dramatic landscape.
Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
Perched on a mountain, 855 meters above sea level, the surrounding panorama of this impressive castle is undeniably breathtaking.
Peles Castle, Romania
Just 30 miles from Bran Castle, it sits at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains and features a vibrant facade. It also houses a fine collection of paintings and sculptures.
Chenonceau Castle, France
Built on River Cher and surrounded by beautiful gardens, it flaunts an amalgam of late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture. This charming castle has braved through both World Wars.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany
This 19th century Gothic beauty, that sits atop a hill nestled between the Alps and overlooking the Lake Alpsee, once served as the childhood home of King Ludwig II.