Every castle across the globe features a history that were emphasized as part of defense and military purposes. Normans were the first on the planet to introduce something called the “Castle”. Most of the castles across the globe have been undergoing intense renovation and reconstruction to maintain the stand. As some of them were either destroyed in fire or during the wars. We have come up with the 10 most beautiful castles across the globe that seems like were not just made for defense purposes.
10. Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle was build in 1195, located in Ireland. Something special about the castle is the four large towers built across the castle’s corners. The giant towers were a priority defense system for the town. Even today, you can get a chance to see a massive ditch with giant towers just stunning your minds. Additionally, the castle is now in hands of the Kilkenny people and managed by the Office of Public Works. If you are in Ireland, then don’t miss to spend some time lavishly lying on the grass lane put forth the castle.
9. Burg Hohenwerfen Castle
Burg Hohenwerfen Castle is an alluring castle located in the fourth-largest city in Austria, Salzburg. Simply stunning to see the castle sitting atop the hill, the castle was built by the Archbishops of Salzburg in the 11th century. The fort was built between 1075 and 1078 at an elevation as high as 155-meter. The castle is featured is some of the most popular movies and videogames. And to name some, the movie where it was featured was “Where Eagles Dare” filmed in the 1968 and the videogame in “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”, emphasizing the zombie map. Currently, the castle is owned by the state of Salzburg, which was previously in hands of Habsburg family of Austria.
8. Prague Castle
Prague Castle glitters like a jewel at night due simply incredible lighting interiors. Located in the Czech Republic, the castle is in presence since 9th century. Not just people fall for the beauty here, but as well in terms of the size. The Castle is listed in the Guinness Book of Records accounting as the largest ancient castles in the world. Having visitors count of over 1.8 million annually across the globe, the castle seems to be a favorite for many. The Prague Castle hosts the collection of mannerism art and Bohemian baroque as part of the gallery. With the initial depreciation of the castle due to large fire in 1541. With lot of effort, Empress Maria Theresa withstood to erect the castle completely in the second half of the 18th century.
7. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is an extravagant castle located in Scotland that almost represents as a prime figure for their nation. The castle was much involved in the historic conflict during the Wars of Scotland Independence. The wars had happened in the 14th century with history consisting of over 1100 years today. Some portion of the castle is still under the influence of British Army for administrative and larger ceremonial purposes. Standing at the Old Town in the places of Scotland, the Edinburgh Castle seems much special in terms of looks. With over 1.3 million visitors across the globe, the Edinburgh Castle is considered as the most visited castle in Scotland.
6. Château de Chillon
Château de Chillon is also recognized as “Chillon Castle”, which reside in an island south of Veytaux. Touching along the ends of the lake, the castle happens to be most beautiful in Switzerland. The Chillon castle tops in terms of visitor’s volume in Switzerland and Europe combined. The castle is open to the public and is having an entry fee for the visitors. Additionally, the Chillon castle bags the most visited historic monuments in Switzerland. The decorations emphasized on them are entirely based on the 14th century medieval murals.
5. Hohenzollern Castle
Hohenzollern Castle is a German castle located atop the hill in the edges of the Swabian Jura. The castle from far distance sitting on the hill top blending with the cliff background gives a berth for this castle here to grab the fifth spot. The initial castle was constructed in 11th century, which encountered a lot of siege that caused intense damage. Following the scenario, the castle was destroyed completely in 1423 and reconstructed in 19th century. The final castle structure feature four parts: military architecture, chapels, the palatial buildings, and the gardens. The visitors count exceeds 350,000 every year annually and is considered the maximum for any castle in Germany.
4. Château de Chambord
Château de Chambord is the most recognized figure in France. The structure is distinctive due to peculiar French Renaissance architecture. At first glance, the castle gives an antique look, which camouflages with traditional French medieval forms. Built by King Francis I of France, the castle is one of the largest castles in France. The interior art works are stunning enough to stare for a while to fill the mind with bliss. The Château de Chambord have received over 700,000 visitors in 2007. However, the attraction was little reduced after the flooding in 2016. Having said about the flooding in the castle that damaged just the ground floor, the beauty and structure still seems evergreen.
3. Conwy Castle
Conwy Castle is a mindboggling castle built between 1283 and 1289. Constructed in the medieval times, the castle lies in the north coast of Wales. 21st century have played a vital role in getting lots of tourists from across the globe. The castle is categorized as having maintained with world class and have been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site. The castle was built by Edward I in 13th century and this was the costliest one built by him during his entire rule. Additionally, the eight pillars of the castle is simply amazing and looks like a perfect rock solid military structure.
2. Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is a fantastic island and this amazing castle is located atop the island residing like a king. Located in France, the castle sits on a 247 acres land. During 8th century AD, the Mont Saint Michel held a berth in monastery. Right since then, the castle has bagged the most fans across the globe. With impressive tourist count of over 3 million annually, the castle even grabs a seat under UNESCO list of World Heritage Site. The bright lightings at night makes it a super cool castle of all time.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle happens to be the most beautiful castles in the world with most rated among the people from across the globe. The castle is in the village of Hohenschwangau, which resides on almost completely jagged hills. Further, the castle holds itself the beauty by grabbing over 1.3 million visitors annually. The impulse look of the castle fusing with the uneven hill simply makes it mesmerize for anyone on the spot.