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Added by Milena on 30 Aug 2014 05:27
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Astounding Fairytale-Like European Castles and....

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Chateau De´Usse, France

Another great example of Chateaus of the Loire Valley; this medieval stronghold was one of the constructions that inspired some of Walt Disney’s fairytale castles and chateaus.

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Orebro Castle, Sweden

Located on an island in the river Svartan, this stone castle has witnessed many important events in Swedish history. Nowadays, some parts of it are used for art and music exhibitions; guided tours, etc.

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Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

This medieval castle situated near the town of Bojnice, Slovakia was built in the 12th century and has a mixture of romantic, gothic and renaissance features. In 1950, the castle was largely destroyed by a fire but it was rebuilt later at the Slovakian government´s expense.

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Frankenstein Castle, Germany

There are speculations that the Frankenstein Castle might have been part of the inspiration for Marry Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. True or not, this is definitely the scariest castle on our list.

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Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Balmoral stately castle has been privately owned by the British Royal Family since 1852 when it was purchased by Prince Albert; consort to Queen Victoria. It’s this castle that served as the Queen’s residence at the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

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Trakai Castle, Lithuania

This island castle was one of the main centers of Grand Duchy of Lithuania and as such, had great strategic importance. Today, it’s one of the most popular tourist attraction in Lithuania.

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Chateau De Martainville, France

Located in north-western France, the picturesque chateau is one the most popular medieval sites of the region. Today, it houses a brilliant exhibit of everyday furniture, life items, and costumes from 16th – 19th century Normandy.

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Pembroke Castle, Wales

Situated on a rocky promontory in Pembroke, West Wales, this 11th century medieval fortress has appeared in several movies such as “Jabberwocky” and “Richard II”.

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Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Occupying a total area of over 18 acres; Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world and a major Prague tourist site.

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Hochosterwitz Castle, Austria

Situated on a rocky hill in the state of Carinthia, this romantic castle is a prime medieval fortress in Austria that dates all the way back to 860. These days, some parts of the castle including all 14 fortified gates are open to the public.

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Chateau De Versailles, France

This majestic chateau was built in the 17th century and was the center of political power and a symbol of French absolute monarchy. Today, it is one of the most popular European sights and it houses galleries and museums of French history.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

The Neuschwanstein Castle’s fairytale-like look makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany with more than 1.3 million visitors every year. Look how incredibly impressive it is in winter!

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Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

First built in the 13th century, the Caerlaverock Castle features an unusual triangular plan. It has been besieged and partly destroyed several times throughout its history, however, after some reconstruct it has become a popular tourist attraction.

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Malbork Castle, Poland

When the construction of this monumental building was completed in 1406, it was the biggest brick castle in the world. Today, it is one of the most important Polish historical sites.

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Coca Castle, Spain

Built in the late 15th century, the Coca Castle is one of the most beautiful and largest medieval fortresses in Spain. Currently it serves as a school and training center for foresters.

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Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

Built as a royal residence for king Christian IV, it is the largest renaissance castle in Northern Europe. Located on Palace Lake, this pompous castle serves as a museum of Danish national history.

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Dunnator Castle, Scotland

The ruined medieval castle occupies an area of about 3.5 acres on a rocky cliff in the north-eastern part of Scotland. You may recognize this castle from the 1990 movie “Hamlet” with Mel Gibson.

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Segovia Castle, Spain

This monumental stone fortress located near the town of Segovia, Spain, is one of the most famous castles in the Iberian Peninsula. Thanks to its distinctive shape, it became one of the inspirations for Disney´s Cinderella Castle.

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Karlstejn Castle, Czech Republic

This Gothic castle was built by Charles IV – the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech king. One of the most famous castles in Central Europe, Karlstejn has also been featured in several fairytales and movies.

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Chateau De Walzin, Belgium

Built on a rocky cliff high above the river Lesse near Dinant, Belgium, this secluded chateau is one of the most picturesque medieval European monuments.

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Noble seats of kings; symbols of power; impregnable strongholds; European castles and chateaus used to be much more than just popular tourist attractions. However, the enigmatic tinge and magical atmosphere can be felt from these medieval giants even today. Here are 25 of the most impressive, fairytale-like castles and chateaus built on the old continent.

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Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Jan 9 17:23
Excellent list , and great biographical info , well done

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