Fairytale castles that actually exist

Fairytale castles that actually exist

Castles always find a place in various fairy tales, stories, legends. The castle is a place that shows the power and strength to the enemy, giving guests a feeling of complete tranquility and spaciousness.

Almost all the castles from movies, fairy tales actually exist. Everyone knows the lock from the screen saver Walt Disney also exists in reality. Each castle has its own long history, which stores various mysteries.

Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany

The most popular castle in Germany with a romantic name, which from German translates to “New Swan rock”, is annually visited by over 1 million people. Built in the late XIX century by order of the “fairytale king” Ludwig II, he was the inspiration of Sleeping beauty’s castle in Disneyland Paris.

Trakai, Lithuania

On one of the Islands of lake Galve rises the castle of Trakai, the former residence of the Lithuanian princes who deserved the glory of one of the most impregnable fortresses in Europe. For a long time the castle was empty, but today it is restored and opened for guests. In the walls of Trakai regularly held festivals and historical reconstruction.

Windsor castle, Berkshire, England

Magnificent castle with nearly a thousand years of history — a favorite country residence of the British Queen. On weekdays, the complex is open to visitors wishing to look at apartments of George IV, paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens and the Doll house of Queen Mary.

Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Like impressive it may look, Mont-Saint-Michel from the side, it really is Abbey, not a castle. Beginning with the chapel, it gradually grew into a island fortress. Having survived his heroic history of numerous attacks and fires, the Abbey was partially preserved to our days, and today is the second most visited place in France after Paris.

Deep, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

The current appearance of the castle in pseudo-Gothic style is obliged to the Duchess Eleonora of Schwarzenberg, who wished to turn it into a “Bohemian Windsor”. Perhaps this is the rare case where the copy has surpassed the original. Refined and romantic, with intricate carvings and decoration — Deep nad Vltavou favorably with other castles of the Czech Republic, as a rule, stiff and harsh.

De Haar, Utrecht, Netherlands

In the late nineteenth century De Haar literally brick by brick has recreated from ruins the brilliant Dutch architect pjh cuypers. Thanks to his Grand work of today we can admire the luxurious complex of hanging bridges, towers and spires, picturesque parks and gardens.

Coca Castle, Segovia, Spain

Coca castle, built in the late XV century, a beautiful example of Spanish-Arab mudéjar style. After the aristocratic family of Alba, who owned the castle, handed him over to the state, the building received the status of National monument and was renovated. Today, behind the massive walls securely hidden school forest Rangers.

Bran, Brașov, Romania

The pride of Romania, the bran castle was founded in the early XIII century by the Teutonic knights, and centuries later became a Royal residence. Tourists rush in bran vampire romance: according to legend once visited Vlad Tepes, the prototype of Dracula, though no historical evidence of this not found.

Egeskov, Funen, Denmark

Built on oak piles in the middle of the lake, this monument of Renaissance architecture, it looks like it grew out of the water. The current owner still lives in the castle, so some areas closed for tourists. But Egeskov guests are free to install the tent on the territory of its most beautiful parks.

Castel Sant’angelo, Rome, Italy

The most unusual castle in Italy was conceived as a mausoleum, but then became the residence of the Popes, their refuge, a Treasury and a prison to boot (in the dungeons of the Inquisition kept Giordano Bruno). After studying the papal apartments and courtyards, admire the magnificent views of the city from the upper terrace of the castle.

Chambord, Loir-et-cher, France

White masterpiece of the French Renaissance, Chambord is one of the most luxurious and extravagant castles in the Loire valley. At the time, he served king Francis I hunting Lodge. Scale truly Royal — the Palace nearly 400 rooms!