Top 20 most beautiful castles in World
There are so many amazing castles around the world and it is very hard to make a list of the top 20. We've put together a list of the most breathtaking castles around the world that are already in our database. This list will continually change as our visitors vote for their favourite castles and new ones are added to our database.
The royal Chateau de Chambord is one of the most recognizable castles in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francis I of France.
Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I, who maintained his royal residences at the chateaux of Blois and Amboise. The original design of the Chateau de Chambord is attributed, though with some doubt, to Domenico da Cortona; Leonardo da Vinci may also have been involved.... view details
The medieval Citadel of Carcassonne is located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude, in the south-east part of the city proper. Founded during the Gallo-Roman period, the citadel derives its reputation from its 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) long double surrounding walls interspersed by 52 towers.
The town of Carcassonne has about 2,500 years of history and has seen the Romans, Visigoths, Saracens and Crusaders. The citadel was restored at the end of the 19th century and in 1997 it was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.... view details
The Castle of Braganca is a well-preserved medieval castle located in the historic center of the city of Santa Maria, district of Braganca.
The castle is incredibly well-preserved. It has seen a turbulent history that saw occupation during the Moorish period to the devastation and reconstruction that accompanied the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. Today, it stands as a proud monument to the history of Portugal.... view details
The Pena Palace stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area.
It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.... view details
Schloss Ort is an Austrian castle situated in the Traunsee lake, in Gmunden, 19 kilometres from Vocklabruck, the gate to the resort area of Salzkammergut.
The castle was founded around 1080 by Hartnidus of Ort, and improvements continued to be made into the thirteenth century. In 1483, Schloss Ort passed to Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor.
At present the castle is being used for a study center of the Federal Ministry for Land and Forestry.... view details
The royal Chateau at Amboise was confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it became a favoured royal residence and was extensively rebuilt. King Charles VIII died at the chateau in 1498 after hitting his head on a door lintel.
The chateau fell into decline from the second half of the 16th century and the majority of the interior buildings were later demolished, but some survived and have been restored, along with the outer defensive circuit of towers and walls. It has been recognised as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1840.
Leonardo da Vinci is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert, adjoining the Chateau, which had been built in 1491-96.... view details
This 13th century castle has known major renovations in the 15th, 17th and 19th centuries.
After serving as a training school for the Vichy regime in 1940-42, it was seized by the local resistance (Free French Forces) during WWII and maintained by the French army after the war.
It is a privately owned property since the 1970s, when it was bought and transformed into smaller individual apartments. ... view details
Windsor Castle is a royal residence, notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror.
Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The castle State Apartments are considered by many historians as the finest and most complete expression of later Georgian taste.
It is a popular tourist attraction, a venue for hosting state visits, and the preferred weekend home of Elizabeth II. Today, more than 500 people live and work in Windsor Castle - the largest inhabited castle in the world.... view details
The Castle of Lindoso is constructed using stone masonry walls, the top of which is surrounded by a battlement. The north and south ends of the tower are accessible by doors opened by drawbridge. The keep still stands, having been divided into two floors.
The castle saw a defensive state in the Napoleonic Wars but never saw action. It has never been used since. Peace time took its toll. Neglect and lack of maintenance saw the castle slowly wear away from the weather and elements. The Castle of Lindoso was declared a National Monument in 1910.... view details
Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany, very close to the border with Austria. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. More than 300,000 visitors from all over the world visit the palace each year.... view details
Moosham Castle was probably built on the foundations of a Roman castrum fortress. It was later seized by the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg and from the 14th century onwards served as the residence of an episcopal burgrave.
At the end of the 18th century, the castle fell into ruins. In 1886 the Austrian explorer and patron of the arts Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek purchased the ruin and had it restored. Up to today the complex is a private property, though its rooms featuring Wilczek's extensive art collection are accessible to the public.... view details
The Castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard stands on a 200 meters tall rock, commanding majestic views of Lake Annecy and the village of Menthon-Saint-Bernard. It was the birthplace of the legendary Saint Bernard de Menthon, patron saint of all Alpine mountaineers (born in 1008). The castle has been owned by the same family for nearly a thousand years.
Evidence suggest that the first fortress on the site was erected in the 10th century; it was a simple wooden watch tower built on a promontory to observe the strategic routes that connected Geneva with Italy as well as the boats on Lake Annecy.
From 1180, the castle has been occupied by the Menthon family. Initially, they constructed three high square towers that were linked by round walks; together, ...... view details
The first historical information about the area date back to the reign of the first King of Portugal Afonso I (1112-1185), when the landlord of region donated the lands to the Bishop of Coimbra on 6 May 1168.
After the establishment of the Alcanices Treaty in 1297 with the consequent expansion of the frontiers to the west, the Belmonte Castle lost strategic importance, while the town was developing extramural.
In the midst of the war of Restoration for Portuguese's independence, the castle received some modernization efforts but it was damaged by fire in 1694. The building next to the castle was employed as a prison in the 18th century.... view details
The Chateau de Langeais is a medieval castle, rebuilt as a chateau, on a promontory created by the small valley of the Roumer River at the opening to the Loire Valley.
After it was destroyed during the Hundred Years' War, King Louis XI (1461-1483) rebuilt Chateau de Langeais into what today is one of the best known examples of late medieval architecture.
Restored in the late 19th century, Chateau de Langeais came under the control of the Institut de France, who own the site today. It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.... view details
Rheinstein Castle was constructed in about 1316 and was important for its strategic location. By the time of the Palatine War of Succession, the castle was very dilapidated. During the romantic period in the 19th century, Prince Frederick of Prussia (1794-1863) bought the castle and it was rebuilt.
Burg Rheinstein possesses a working drawbridge and portcullis, which are typical of medieval castle architecture and defences; it also offers a spectacular view of the Rhine. The largest and most impressive room at Rheinstein Castle is snown as the Rittersaal or Knight's Hall: it includes beautiful stained glass windows, as well as three-dimensional paintings.... view details
Built on a dolerite outcrop, the location was previously home to a fort of the native Britons. The Normans built a new castle on the site, which forms the core of the present one.
As an important English outpost, the castle was the target of occasional raids from Scotland. In 1464 during the Wars of the Roses, it became the first castle in England to be defeated by artillery.
The castle still belongs to the Armstrong family, and is opened to the public. It also hosts weddings and corporate events. It has been used as a film location since the 1920s, featuring in films such as Ivanhoe (1982), El Cid (1961), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Elizabeth (1998) and both the 1971 and 2015 adaptions of Macbeth.
It's also used as a filming location ...... view details
De Haar Castle is one of the biggest and most luxurious castles in The Netherlands. The current buildings, all built upon the original castle, date from 1892 and are the work of Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers, in a Neo-Gothic restoration project funded by the Rothschild family.
Few castles in The Netherlands can equal De Haar for its ideal image of a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates and drawbridges. The interior of the castle is decorated with richly ornamented woodcarving, which reminds one of the interior of a Roman Catholic church.
Surrounding the castle there is a park that contains many waterworks and a formal garden which reminds one of the French gardens of Versailles. De Haar Castle ranks among the top twenty most visited ...... view details
Miranda Castle is a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle, located in the Belgium region of the Ardennes. It was built in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Veves Castle, during the French Revolution.
A portion of the Battle of the Bulge took place on the property, and it was during that time, the Chateau was occupied by German forces.
As of June 2016, the Chateau has been acquired and is now off-limits listed as 'private property'.
Sadly, Chateau Miranda has now been demolished. They finally brought down the tower in October 2017.... view details
Castle of Biron is strategically positioned on a hilltop that dominates the valley of the Lede river, towards the southern border of the Dordogne region. It belonged to the Gontaut-Biron family for more than seven centuries until 1978 when it was bought by the Dordogne department.
The castle originated in the 12th century and it underwent major restorations and additions throughout the centuries. In the first three centuries of its existence, the castle has endured various conflicts and damage: it was seized by the Cathars in 1211 and later retaken by Simon IV de Montfort. During the 14th and 15th centuries, the Plantagenets also held the castle at various times.
The first major transformation took place in the 15th century, ...... view details
The Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle, located on a small islet in the middle of the Tagus River. It was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar, and a stronghold used during the Portuguese Reconquista.
The Castle of Almourol is one of the more emblematic medieval military monuments of the Reconquista, and best representation of the influence of the Knights Templar in Portugal. When it was conquered in 1129, by forces loyal to the Portuguese nobility, it was known as Almorolan, and placed in the trust of Gualdim Pais, the master of the Knights Templar in Portugal, who rebuilt the structure.
Losing its strategic place, it was abandoned resulting in its fall into ruins. In the 19th century, it was "reinvented" by ...... view details
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