The most beautiful castles in Europe

The most beautiful castles in Europe

The best of the castles of Europe

In Europe you can find the most beautiful castles and ruins from around the world. Come and see the most beautiful of them

Carcassonne Castle
43.213, 2.352
108 m / 354 ft

#1 Carcassonne Castle

A monumental castle town

Carcassonne is actually more than a castle, it's all heavily fortified city in the former disputed border between France and Spain. It is to this day best preserved such a massively fortified city in Europe. It is listed as UNESCO

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Karlštejn Castle
49.94, 14.188
305 m / 1 001 ft

#2 Karlštejn Castle

The most important Czech castle

Karlštejn Castle located in the heart of picturesque Czech Karst is considered to be the most important Czech castle. Because it is just a short distance from the capital city of Prague, a great number of tourists come here every year. It was built by the Roman Emperor and Czech King - Charles IV as a repository for Christian relics and imperial crown jewels. The most interesting part of the castle is beautifully decorated Chapel of the Holy Cross. The castle is really impressive

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Castle Castelo de Óbidos
39.363, -9.157
65 m / 213 ft

#3 Castle Castelo de Óbidos

The most famous portuguese castle

Óbidos is a really beautiful town, where is a really strong castle and miles of walls. The houses are either snow-white or yellow or blue.

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Castle Hohenwerfen
47.483, 13.189
623 m / 2 044 ft

#4 Castle Hohenwerfen

An impoverished castle

The mighty Hohenwerfen Castle stands on virtually impregnable location on a rock high above the river Salzach. Along with the castle in Salzburg, it was built on the order of the Archbishop. The castle is situated in a very beautiful location between the mountains of Tennen gebirge and Hochkönig

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Spiš Castle
48.999, 20.768
583 m / 1 913 ft

#5 Spiš Castle

The largest castle in Slovakia

It is the largest castle in Slovakia. Since 1993 it has been listed at UNESCO. It is located about 1.5 km east of Spišské Podhradí. Construction commenced during the 12th century. In 1241, as one of the few castles, he resisted the Tatar invaders. After this act the castle received further modifications to strengthen the fortifications. Today it is the largest castle ruin in Central Europe.

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Edinburgh castle
55.949, -3.2
105 m / 344 ft

#6 Edinburgh castle

Symbol of the capital of Scotland

It is a majestic castle and fortress. The first mention dates back to the 7th century. It is the most visited castle in Scotland. The greatest attraction of this castle is Scottish coronation jewels.

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Kost Castle
50.49, 15.135
310 m / 1 017 ft

#7 Kost Castle

The most beautiful castle of Bohemian Paradise

The monumental Gothic Castle Kost is towering above the line of three picturesque valleys. Kost is one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. In addition, it has a very beautiful neighborhood in the Plakánek valley. It is one of the most interesting places of Bohemian Paradise.

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Pernštejn Castle
49.451, 16.318
401 m / 1 316 ft

#8 Pernštejn Castle

The most beautiful Moravian castle

Pernštejn Castle, being an architectural jewel in the forests of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Is often referred to as the "King of the Moravian Castles". It overlooks the village of Nedvědice and looks very monumental and mysterious. This exceptionally preserved medieval castle was the base of the lords of Pernštejn. However, the late Gothic and early Renaissance style of the castle was not affected by any further rebuilding.

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Rock of Cashel Castle
52.52, -7.89
125 m / 410 ft

#9 Rock of Cashel Castle

The castle of Kings

Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most important and oldest castles. Many kings lived here, and one of them - Aengus was baptized by St. Patrick, patron of Ireland. Apart from its own, beautifully fortified castle, there is also the ruin of the great cathedral

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Castle Eilean Donan
57.274, -5.516
1 m / 3 ft

#10 Castle Eilean Donan

The most beautiful castle in Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle stands on an island on Loch Duich Lake. The castle is mainly known thanks to the films, especially thanks to the movie Highlander. The castle was sieged and broken several times. In 1932 was rebuilt. It is the third most visited castle in Scotland.

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Palace of Grandmasters of the Order of Johann
36.446, 28.224
21 m / 69 ft

#11 Palace of Grandmasters of the Order of Johann

A huge castle in the city of Rhodes

In Rhodes city, on the island of the same name, you will find a really powerful castle, which at the same time served as a palace for the Grand Master of the Johanite Order. The thickness of the fortification and the mighty castle bastion will surely take your breath away

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Königstein Fortress
50.918, 14.075
157 m / 515 ft

#12 Königstein Fortress

The biggest fortress in Europe

Fortress founded by Czech King Václav III. is the largest fortress in Europe. The tower system has a circumference of 2 km and it reaches a height of over 40 meters. This has made this fortress unreliable for centuries. Here you can see a cross-section of history from the Middle Ages to almost the present. The tour takes care of all day!

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Castle Stirling
56.124, -3.947
85 m / 279 ft

#13 Castle Stirling

The second most visited castle in Scotland

It is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. He played his part in the war for Scottish freedom. It has become a place for the coronation of the Scottish rulers. Among the great rulers, of course, are William Wallace and Robert Bruce. Each year the castle visits 500,000 people and makes it the second most visited castle in Scotland

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