If you are a fan or have watched Game of Thrones, surely you have been wanting to visit a real castle someday, as they portrayed in the series or in many other films of medieval type. Here we bring you a list of the ten most beautiful and impressive castles in the world for you to add to your list of places to visit.
These enormous fortresses are usually as impressive as fantastic, not only because of their structure, extravagance or magnitude, but also because of the thousands of stories that are hidden behind their walls and above all, by the enchanting landscapes that surround them and become the trip of knowing the most beautiful castles in the world a total adventure.
Top 10 of the most beautiful castles in the world
In Baviera, Germany is where one of the most beautiful castles in the country is located, Europe and the world, it was ordered to build by Luis de Baviera, also known as the ‘mad king’. Unlike other castles, this was born at a time when they were no longer necessary, that is, I ordered it to be built by pure eccentricity; what leads to understand why it is so incredible, because every detail, outside and inside the castle were placed for pure aesthetics and to leave people with their mouths open. This palace inspired the castle of the Sleeping Beauty.
Eilean Donan Castle
The Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland is a real jewel and a symbol of Scotland. At the time, it was a difficult fortress to conquer because it was almost inaccessible to strangers due to the place where it was built. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles in Europe and one of the most visited, as well as being a fortress in every sense of the word, within its walls are kept and told stories of people with supernatural gifts, betrayals and adventure.
Castle of Lichtenstein
The Castle of Lichtenstein located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, south of Germany is another example of the incredible medieval castles found in Europe. Located on a cliff 250 meters above the river Echaz, this castle offers magnificent views of the entire landscape. On cloudy days, it gives the feeling that the castle was floating above the clouds and on clear days you can clearly see its grandeur. Today the castle is privately owned by a prestigious German family, but you can visit it, and see among other things, the large collection of weapons it possesses. A curious fact about the Castle of Lichtenstein is that it was built on the ruins of another castle that belonged to the same person, but that one was destroyed during a battle.
In Denmark is located one of the most beautiful castles in the world. It is the Frederiksborg Palace, placed in the city of Hillerød. It is the largest castle in Scandinavia and stands on three islets of Lake Slotsso. Its style is completely Renaissance and both its façade and its interior, together with all the objects they contain, are witnesses of the grandeur and extravagance of the Danish monarchy. Inside, is the National History Museum, so visiting the Frederiksborg Castle is one of the things you have to do in Denmark.
Himeji Castle is one of the most beautiful and spectacular castles in Japan and the world. It is one of the few medieval castles in Japan that are still intact and is a World Heritage Site by Unesco, as well as being a National Treasure for the country. This white castle is elegant, imposing and at the same time transmits a sensation of impressive delicacy. Himeji Castle is a monument that deserves to be seen, especially if you are traveling to Japan.
It is not only one of the most beautiful castles in the world, but the oldest of the three that exist throughout Europe that have a circular structure. It is located very close to the city of Palma de Mallorca on the Spanish island of Mallorca, and rises on a hill about 110 meters above sea level, so it offers amazing views of the city, the port and general of the whole city. This castle is full of rooms, pits, passages and many secret and curious places. The Museum of History of the city of Palma currently operates there.
Located in Bran, Romania, it is one of the most famous castles in Europe, for being known as Dracula’s Castle, and it was in this palace where Bram Stocker was inspired to create the ghostly home of Count Dracula. Although its origins are older than the novel, this castle is a must for those who make the Dracula Route through Transylvania. In fact, the castle is equally mysterious, as its equipped with more than 60 rooms that lead to different places, and many of them are connected by underground corridors. Without a doubt, here you will live an experience that you will not forget in your life.
Mont Saint-Michel castle
Mont Saint-Michel is another of the most beautiful castles in the world, and of course a French icon. It is located in the region of Lower Normandy and is built on a kind of island. This great castle, unlike the others, was not conceived as a structure for the defense, protection or pleasure of the monarchy, but as a monastery; that does not take away from it being an impressive construction with hundreds of secrets to discover. Mont Saint-Michel is one of the World Heritage monuments by UNESCO and the most visited places in France, after the Eiffel Tower.
Nido de Golondrina castle
El Castillo Nido de Golondrina, seems precisely one of the stages and castles where they filmed Game of Thrones. In fact, this castle is purely decorative and only measures 20 meters long by ten meters wide; but that does not mean it is not one of the most beautiful and impressive castles in the world. It is located on the Crimean Peninsula in present-day Russia. It was built on the edge of a cliff 40 meters high just in front of the Black Sea, so it offers an extraordinary view. Knowing where the name and history of this castle comes from is very interesting; for that reason, it is a place that you cannot miss to visit.
Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle is the only castle within North America to ever house actual sovereigns. Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez ordered the construction of the fortress in 1785 to serve as the home for the commander in chief of the Spanish colony, New Spain.
Years after the Mexican War of Independence, the regal structure was repurposed as a military academy and later became the site of the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War in 1847. Eventually, it would once again act as an official royal residence for Emperor Maximilian I and his wife, Empress Carlota. Maximilian helped devise the castle’s current floorplan and neoclassical style, but his reign was cut short in 1867 when President Benito Juárez regained power.
Today, the castle holds the National Museum of History, which educates locals about the country’s cultures and history.