Middle age architects knew how to do their job and, as the following castles will prove, they were passionate about what they did. They most definitely put their heart and their whole being in what they have created, because the castles you’re about to see, are simply breathtaking. Not just the appearance, but also their resistance in times of wars and conflicts, make these castles worth living in and just out of this world.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: King Ludwig II of Bavaria had a very vivid imagination, which he dared to turn it into real-life magical castles. One of those castles is Neuschwanstein Castle, which originally translates as New Swan Stone castle and is located in Bavaria, Germany. This extravagant castle has been an inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland.
Reichsburg Cochem, Germany: Originally built as a residence for the German King Konrad III, this century-old castle has faced burndowns by the French in 1689, and was on the verge of disappearing for good, but thankfully a German businessman took ownership ower it in 1868 and restored it.
Hohenzollern Castle, Germany: This castle sits atop Mount Hohenzollern — 2,800 meters above sea level. In its heyday, it was the residence of the Prussian kings. Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. A popular tourist destination, Hohenzollern castle has over 300,000 visitors per year, making it one of the most visited castles in Germany. The castle sits atop a 855 m high Berg Hohenzollern, on the western side of the Swabian Alps.
Mont Saint-Michel, France: The impregnable fortress of Mont Saint-Michel, surrounded on all sides by the sea, is one of the most popular attractions in France after Paris. Build in the year 709, it's never lost any of its splendor. One of the most visited places in France, the Mont Saint-Michel welcomes approximately 2.5 million guests a year. Who could blame anyone for wanting to experience this iconic island, with over one thousand years of history under its belt? With so many visitors, it's important to be savvy with your planning. Here are some things to know before you visit the Mont Saint-Michel to make your trip a smooth and memorable one.
Hochosterwitz Castle, Austria: Hochosterwitz Castle was inherent the 10th century. Its pinnacles have gazed out at the encompassing scene from that point forward from a tallness of 160 meters over the Earth. At the point when the climate is clear, it very well may be respected from as much as 30 km away. A 620-meter-long access street to the manor was worked as a safeguard gauntlet to make it as troublesome as feasible for aggressors. It wraps its way up the lofty limestone precipice and through the 14 braced entryways that were worked somewhere in the range of 1570 and 1582. None of the doors are the equivalent and all are built with various sorts of safeguard components. Despite the fact that the has been gravely harmed from assaults by the Turks, it is said that no aggressors have never shown up farther than the fourth door. Well in front of the stronghold itself, it lies on different levels encompassed by fortification dividers. Notwithstanding the inward piece of the palace just as the gallery, the sanctuary is additionally worth a visit. You can likewise appreciate the view from a few spots along the palisades around the mansion.
Bled Castle, Slovenia: This castle sits on top of a 100-meter high cliff, staring down menacingly at the Bled lake. Aside from the incredible view which can be seen out of its windows, the place has a rich history. It used to be the residence of the Serbian royal family and was once occupied by Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito.
Guaita Fortress, San Marino: Build in the 11th century on the summit of the near-insurmountable Monte Titano, this castle along with two other towers defends the ancient state of San Marino. Rebuilt in the second half of the fifteenth century, in the sixteenth century was covered with a sloping roof. It is also called "Rocca Guaita" and among its solid walls, protected by a double round wall (the outer one with battlements and towers decapitated the corners), sheltering the people during sieges. Some rooms were used as a prison until October 1970.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany: The castle was dated back to the 12th century, home to the knights of Schwangau. However, over the centuries, it was badly damaged. In 1832, Crown Prince Maximilian, who became the father of King Ludwig II, acquired the castle. It was totally rebuilt and took a duration of 5 years to complete. He and his family used the castle during the summer and as a hunting residence. After the demise of his father, King Ludwig II took over the castle and spent much of his time there.
Château De Chillon, Switzerland: An evocative of a battleship is the memory Château de Chillon brings, but the image it has now as a medieval fortress is simply astonishing. The castle is coated in a rich history and exceptional appearance and has served as an inspiration for many famous writers. In the 16th century, it was used as a prison, described by George Byron in his poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon'.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland: This castle, located on a rocky island in Loch Dutch, is one of the most romantic locations in Scotland, famous for its honey made from heather as well as numerous legends. Many films have been shot here and it is also open to the tourists and the wider public.
Bodiam Castle, England: Build in the 14th century, this castle has had many owners, and oddly enough, all of them seem to love making war. When it was acquired by Lord Curzon in 1917, all that was left were ruins. Fortunately, it was restored quickly and now looks as good as new. The castle was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, who is known to have once been a knight of Edward III. With his knowledge of battles, he designed the castle with the intention of defending the beautiful area of Easts Sussex, from a possible invasion by the French, during The Hundred Years Wars. Sir Edward Dalyngrigge was the youngest son within his family and this meant that he was the last in line to inherit anything from the estate. However, he married into a family that owned land, and it was during 1378 that he found himself owning the manor of Bodiam. During is knighthood, which spanned from 1379 to 1388 he found himself with enough money to build himself a home, which was the beginnings of Bodiam Castle.
The Swallow's Nest, Crimea: Established initially on the Cape of Ai-Todor where once there it was only a simple wooden house, the Swallow's Nest came to life thanks to the German oil millionaire, Baron von Steingel. He decided to build a romantic castle reminiscent of those built on the banks of the river Rhine in the Middle Ages.
Bran Castle, Romania: Very much famous and renowned for its association with the myth surrounding Bram Stoker's iconic novel Dracula, Bran Castle exudes Gothic charm, and has a vast and thrilling heritage, making it the perfect spot for those with an interest in history, or even just those who can appreciate some exquisite architecture and breath-taking views. Bran Castle originally dates back to the year 1212, where it was constructed on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold, and the first time it was documented was in November 1377, after an act was issued that allowed the Saxons of Kronstadt, or current day Brasov, with permission to construct the citadel.