All of us have fantasized about being a beautiful princess who lives in a fairytale castle with high towers and sweeping views. Well, I know I have 🙂 Here are some of the most beautiful castles in the world that will have you wishing you were a princess all over again!!
1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
German for “New Swanstone Castle”, this castle is a 19th-century palace on a rugged hill in Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. More than 1.3 million people visit the castle annually. This is indeed one of the most beautiful castles in the world!
2. Mont Saint Michel, France
A rocky tidal island in Normandy, located approximately 1 km off the coast. The island’s highest point is 92 meters (301 feet) above sea level. The population of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is only a few dozens, but visited by more than 3 million people each year. The strong tides in the area change quickly, and connect and disconnects the island from the mainland on a daily basis 🙂
3. Egeskov Castle – Funen, Denmark
4. Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, Paris
The sleeping beauty castle at Disneyland Paris is undoubtedly one of my favorites! You will fall in love with this magical castle and wish you were a princess waiting in this castle for handsome knight to rescue you!
5. Peleș Castle, Romania
This Neo-Renaissance castle is located in the Carpathian Mountains, built between 1873 and 1914. Its unique style and architecture plus its idyllic mountain setting has earned it a spot on the most beautiful castles list!
6. Osaka Castle, Japan
One of Japan’s most famous castles, Osaka has a five-story exterior and an eight-story interior. It was built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers during the 16th century.
7. Castle Hohenschwangau, Germany
Schloss Hohenschwangau is a 19th-century palace in Germany, which receives more than 300,000 visitors per year.
8. Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Prague Castle was named the largest ancient castle in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, occupying 70,000 square meters. Its definitely a place worth visiting. See our article on top destinations for 2015 for more details top-destinations-2015
9. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
Kylemore was built as a private residence for wealthy London doctor, Mitchell Henry. The estate was sold to the Duke and Dutchess of Manchester in 1909, but they were forced to sell due to gambling debts.
10. Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland
By now you know I have a thing for lakeside living 🙂 This beautiful castle with the backdrop of Swiss Alps and over-looking a lake is as romantic as it gets. This island castle consists of 100 individual buildings, merged into the palace it is today.