Best castles in Europe
Have you ever dreamed of visiting one of the impressive castles dotted throughout the European landscape? We've selected 10 must-see fairytale castles for you to visit.
1. Castle Neuschwanstein
It is easy to imagine that you are in the middle of a fairy tale when visiting Neuschwanstein castle. The castle is nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, with a view that will take your breath away.
Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular castles in Europe, the most visited castle in Germany and an absolute must-see when visiting southern Germany.
The easiest way to reach the castle is by car. From Munich the journey takes about two hours.
2. Castle de Haar
The medieval-looking castle de Haar is the largest castle in Holland and has all the traditional medieval trimmings you’d expect, including drawbridges, gates, moats and towers.
The castle was actually built between the 19th and 20th centuries on the ruins of a previous castle and is located a half an hour drive from Amsterdam. Just perfect for a half-day or day trip!
3. Windsor castle
Windsor castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world and has been the family home to British monarchs for over a thousand years. Queen Elisabeth II spends most of her weekends here.
Among other things, the castle contains St. George’s Chapel , where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were married.
The city of Windsor can be reach from London by train which takes about 50 minutes.
4. Castle Alhambra
Overlooking the Spanish city of Granada, the magnificant Alhambra castle is an architectural treasure, the last remaining Moorish stronghold in Europe and the oldest Muslim palace in the world.
The castle is a UNESCO heritage and dates back to the 7th century. the You can enjoy an amazing view of the castle from the Albaicin quarter, which is located on a hill facing the Alhambra castle.
You can reach the castle from Madrid by car within four hours.
5. Castle Hohenzollern
Sitting on top of Mount Hohenzollern (855 meters above sea level), the castle Hohenzollern is one of the most stunning features in southwestern Germany.
With its many towers and buildings and its hilltop location, the castle is a must-see when visiting Stuttgart and its surroundings.
6. Château de Chantilly
The castle Chantilly is located just a half hour train ride from Paris and is a beautiful example of renaissance architecture. It is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and beautiful ponds which cover an area of 115 hectares.
Castle Chantilly was completely destroyed during the French revolution and rebuilt in the mid to late 19th century. Today it houses one of the biggest art museums of France.
7. Castle Eilean Donan
Set on a small island and surounded by three lakes, Loch Dutch, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, the scottish castle Eilean Donan is a must-see when visiting Scottland.
Eilean Donan dates back to the 13th century, was destroyed completely in the 17th century and rebuilt to its former glory in the 20th century.
The castle is a four hour drive from Glasgow.
8. Castle Eltz
Eltz castle is one of the most magical castles in Germany. It was built in the 12th century and has been owned by the same family for over 850 years.
It is one of the few castles which has not been destroyed over the centuries. Unlike other German castles it does not sit high on a hill but is tucked deep into the forest.
The castle can be easily reached in a day-trip from Frankfurt. Our tip: take a boat tour from the town Cochem.
9. Castle Hohenwerfen
The mighty castle of Hohenwerfen is located on a hill above the Salzachtal valley and is more than 900 years old.
Over the centuries it has served as a home to kings, archbishops, and prisoners and is a must-see when visiting the city of Salzburg and its surroundings.
10. Castle of Schwerin
The romantic fairy tale castle of Schwerin was completed in 1857 and is located on a small island in Lake Schwerin in the Eastern German city Schwerin.
With its many towers, domes and wings, the beautiful baroque gardens and the exquisite interior, the castle is one of the most impressive castles of more than 2,000 castles and mansions in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The castle is located a 1.5 hours drive from Hamburg.