Our planet is dotted with such beautiful and famous castles that its quite a hard task to enlist them in one post. However, we have tried our level best to cover as many wonderful and majestic castles as we could. Castles were a symbol of power and wealth back in olden times when the rich and the nobles flaunted off their status by building the largest and most illustrious castles for envying rivals. Some castles were built for protection and defense, while others may have been constructed simply for pleasure purposes as retreats. So prepare yourselves as we present before you our collection of the 15 most well known castles around the world that you must see.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
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One of Germany’s biggest castles, the Neuschwanstein Castle is world famous and is also known as New Swanstone Castle. It was built in the 19th century atop a hill in Bavaria, and is an outstanding citadel visited by 1.3 million tourists every year. The credit for its construction can be given to Bavaria’s King Ludwig II who chose it to be used as a retreat for himself. Most of you will find an uncanny resemblance to Walt Disney’s Castle that has become an iconic logo for the entertainment giant. The castle was opened to the public in 1886 after the death of the king.
2. Versailles Palace, France
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If you think France is most known for its Eiffel Tower, then you are quite on the wrong path as there are many other monuments that are equally stunning and enjoy visits from people in millions each year. One such stunning piece of architecture is the Versailles Palace, a marvel built by Louis XIV. This royal chateau was constructed with only one thing in mind – lavishness and opulence. We all know how flamboyant was Louis XIV and this is well represented in the magnificent facade and surroundings of the castle. Most attractive features of the Palace of Versailles are its Hall of Mirrors and the beautifully erected gardens.
3. Mont Saint Michel, France
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If a French suggests you to make a visit to the island in Normandy to view the majestic sight of Mont Saint Michel, you shall not think twice but make a dash for it! Yes, this is a World Heritage Site that attracts over 3 million tourists each year who come to revel in the gorgeousness of the opulent architecture of the famous church that stands majestically atop the rocky island. It is known as the ‘Wonder of the Western World’ and also features beautiful abbeys and monasteries built in the 11th century.
4. Himeji Castle, Japan
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Widely popular as White Heron Castle, the Himaji Castle is a marvel of architecture and is one of the most stunning buildings in the world. The facade of Himaji looks imposing with walls and moats that are fire resistant, and the whole fortress is dotted with numerous hidden passages and intricate designs. The white castle also boasts of well maintained grounds and is a world heritage site. The most unique thing about Himaji Castle is that it has never been destroyed, either by enemy forces or by natural calamities.
5. Hunyad Castle, Transylvania
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One of the most famous castles in the Gothic lines to have beautified the landscape of Europe is Hunyad Castle located in Transylvania. It is also popularly called Corvin’s Castle and looks quite impressive. The castle was built by the famous Corvin Family. This illustrious family was headed by John Hunyadi, the man who resisted the Turks against conquering Belgrade. The Corvin Family were the direct descends of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula as depicted in many Hollywood movies. The castle was built as a fortress as well as a prison. It attracts millions of people who come here to experience the rich Gothic architecture of the medieval times.