40 Of The Most Beautiful Historic Castles Discovered Around The World, As Shared By This Online Group
According to this year's surveys, 11 percent of Americans who are planning to travel internationally right now are considering a trip to the United Kingdom. Of those travelers, one-in-four intends to explore the country beyond London, showing an interest in its history and heritage.
A similar curiosity fuels trips to villages throughout Europe and other continents that otherwise might've ended up being forgotten. Settlements abandoned by developers that never became suburbs.
However, there is a way to visit these wonderful places even without leaving your home. The subreddit r/Castles and its 149k members constantly share pictures of wonderful historic palaces and fortifications. So pack your thumbs, we're scrolling!
Edinburgh, Scotland Is Like A Real Life Harry Potter World
Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland
A lot of the allure of these places comes from the history and human drama that played out within their walls, as well as the astonishing architecture that features on so many castles. They're also romantic and somewhat mystical, places that spark our imagination and conjure visions of knights in shining armor and powerful queens.
"Because they combine two functions, they are far more interesting than fortresses or palaces," Marc Morris, the author of 'Castles: Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain' told CNN Travel.
Kylemore Abbey In The Fog, Connemara, Galway, Ireland
Mont St-Michel, France
"What makes a castle a castle is that it combines the functions of defense and dwelling — it's a fortification and a stately home rolled into one," Morris said.
The author highlighted that creating a building which is both comfortable and defensible is difficult. "The ingenious ways in which castle-designers reconciled this balance is always intriguing."
At The End Of A 2.64 Mile Long Avenue Lined With Chestnut Trees And Flanked By Grazing Deer Awaits Windsor Castle A Truly Magnificent Sight
The Rock Of Cashel, An Ancient Royal Site For The Kings Of Munster In County Tipperary, Ireland
Scaligero Castle, Italy
Even though we normally associate castles with European history, as you can see from this list, it's actually an architectural form found around the globe — in nations as varied as Japan and India, Morocco and Mexico.
Many are now hubs of living history where modern visitors can watch jousting and other ancient combat forms, listen to medieval music or watch artisans demonstrate the arts, crafts and everyday skills of a century from years ago.
Château De Pierrefonds, France. It Is Such An Overwhelming Feeling Just Standing In Front Of It
Stalker, Scotland. Stalker Castle Was First Built In 1320 By Clan Macdougall
It took on the form we see today in the 1440's after the Stewarts took over. The Stewarts lost the castle in a drunken bet around 1620 to Clan Campbell
Wooden Church On Kizhi Island, Russia, Builts Without Nails
They also make great backdrops for outdoor events, such as concerts, films, plays and military performances, or for the on-location filming of movies and television shows.
"With a castle, you get not only the stories of sieges, but also stories of the domestic lives of the rich and famous," Morris said.
Peleș Castle - Carpathian Mountains - Sinaia, Romania
Sanctuary Of Truth In Pattaya, Thailand
Osaka Castle At Night
The Bojnice Castle Was Built In The 12th Century, It's Located In Slovakia And Has Romantic,gothic And Renaissance Elements
"Castles are places where plots were hatched, marriages were consummated, murders carried out, royal babies born, and so on. With castles, you are never short of fascinating things to talk about," Morris added.
Maybe that's why after all these years they still excite even children. For example, Lego just revealed a new set at LegoCon 2022 called The Lion Knights' Castle, which takes inspiration from the 1970s Yellow and Black Knight's castles. However, something tells me quite a few adults will be playing with them too.
Hohenzollern Castle At Sunrise On A Winter Morning In The Sea Of Clouds, Germany
Wernigerode Castle, Germany
Whether you want battlements or baronial glamor, it's also possible to stay in the U.K.'s oldest buildings.
Some are part of organizations such as the National Trust, the Landmark Trust, or English Heritage while private owners tend to use Loyd & Townsend Rose.
Staying in one of L&TR properties allows you to soak up history in a way that's not possible on a day trip. Its extensive portfolio includes such beauties as the Inveraray Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne.
I Didn't Notice Any Japanese Castles, So Here Is Himeji Castle
Quinta Da Regaleira In Sintra Portugal. This Place Is Surreal
The Castle Of Wijnendale, Belgium
Borrekens Castle - Antwerp - Construction Began 1270
Tantallon Castle, Scotland
This Oberhofen Castle, With Its Tower On The Water, Lies On The Right Shore Of The Lake Of Thun, In Switzerland. It Dates Back To The 13th Century
The Ezra Pound Castle, Schloss Brunnenburg Or Castel Fontana. Built In 1241 It Is Situated Above The City Of Merano, On The Outskirts Of The Municipality Of Tirol, Italy
Château Miranda - Belgium
The Garibaldi Castle In Khryashchevka, Russia, Is Named By Its Owner In The Honor Of His Father - Garibaldi Arcadievich Kuzichkin
The castle was built in the Neo-Gothic style and it's more of an architectural fantasy on the theme of European Gothic and Romanticism
Penrhyn Castle, Wales
The Royal Castle Of Olite Is A Former Castle Of The Kings Of Navarre, Situated In Northern Spain. The Silhouette Of The Castle, Is Not Only Imposing, It Is Also Unique For Its Architectural Chaos
Neuschwanstein Castle On Winter, In Germany
Scotny Castle Built Around 1370. Kent UK
Kalavantin Durg, India. Fortress Atop A Steep Hill
Fenis Castle, Italy
Note: this post originally had 49 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.