Europe is filled with incredible history and heritage locations all over the continent, and the most stunning sights of all must be the many beautiful castles in Europe. Ranging from dramatic, moody castles, to beautiful fairy-tale mansions, and even revamped palaces where you can spend a night like royalty, make sure you take the time to check them out! Read on for some of the best and most beautiful castles around Europe.
This breath-taking castle might look like it has come straight out of a fairy-tale – in fact, it’s the castle that has inspired countless fairy tales itself! From all of the beautiful castles in Europe, this was one of the inspiration for the iconic Walt Disney castle.
It stands high above the village, nestled against the rolling hills of Bavaria. Over a million people visit it every year, and one of the best ways to see it is to drive, so it’s a perfect destination if you’re visiting Europe by car.
Immediately striking and captivating, this 10th century castle was first built by the Count of Blois to protect his lands – with a clear view across the landscape in case of attacks. Though it was dismantled in the 15th century, it was later restored and is now a protected monument.
Sharing more than a passing resemblance to the popular Disney version, this castle features towering turrets that graze against the sky, and is rich in history.
Experience castle life first hand, by spending a night or two at this charming Tuscan castle. Built in the 11th century, it may not have the towers and turrets found in Northern European castles, but it still contains all the splendour and grandeur you’d expect from a beautiful European castle.
If you’re exploring Europe by car, this can be a perfect destination en route, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Be sure to sample plenty of the local produce!
This Transylvanian castle is truly the stuff of legend, and is often mistaken for the mythical Count Dracula’s home. The stone castle was originally built in the 14th century, and is an important cultural landmark in the region.
Now preserved as a museum, it’s well worth driving up to see the striking castle up close, even if the stories they tell aren’t true!
This pretty Polish castle is an architectural treat, and best of all, you can enjoy all its splendour on show, during the many live concerts and art exhibitions that are hosted there.
Built first in the 17th century, it has had a rich and varied history, being used as a private residence, turned into a convalescent home, and then finally restored to its glory to host public events more recently.
Imagine going to an event in a beautiful European castle from 17th century!
Pena Palace is a bright and colourful castle that is a worthy one to add to your list of places to visit, as a UNESCO World Heritage site that looks out across the beautiful Portuguese landscape over Sintra.
This romantic 19th century building draws on Portugal’s history, with Moorish influences through the construction. You’ll discover mythological statues, striking battlements, lush forests and serene gardens through the palace quarters, while within the palace itself, you’ll get a closer glimpse at the history of the building and the region.
We hope we inspired you to live a moment in a fairytale.
Have a great road trip!
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