A castle is a type of fortified structure first built in Europe and in the Middle East by nobility. Castles have always represented the architectural glory of a country, being magnificent constructions. There are numerous spectacular castles located all around Europe. They all have their stories, their own architectural style and some amazing settings.
Below you can find a top of the most beautiful castles in Europe. These spectacular constructions will surely shock with their unique architecture.
7. Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle is located at about nine miles north of Dublin, in Ireland. The castle dates back to the 12th century, being one of the oldest castles in the country. It covers an area of 260 acres. Malahide Castle is surrounded by the Malahide Demesne Regional Park. For hundreds of years, Malahide Castle has served as a residence for Talbot family, until 1975.
6. Hohenwerfen Castle
Hohenwerfen Castle stands on a spectacular site, above the Austrian town of Werfen, south of Salzburg. The castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps. It was first built between 1075 and 1078 by the order of Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg. This castle mostly served as a residence for royalties.
5. Cochem Castle
Cochem Castle had its first documentary mention in 1130. The beautiful castle is located in an impressive setting, overlooking River Mosel, in Germany. Between 1307 and 1354, the castle was extended and fortified. Still the original construction managed to survive only until 1689, when the castle was destroyed during King Louis XIV invasion. In the 19th century Cochem Castle was rebuilt by German nobility. Currently, the castle is in the property of the town of Cochem.
4. Castle of Coca
Castle of Coca is located in Segovia, central Spain. This castle was built in the late fifteenth century by Don Alonso de Fonseca, being one of the most magnificent castles in the world. Castle de Coca is also considered one of the finest examples of brick military architecture in Europe.
3. Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle is located in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland. The castle is the seat of the Countess of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. Dunrobin Castle was built in the 13th century. However, throughout the years the original construction suffered numerous changes, most of the present building dating back to 1845. The castle includes no less than 189 rooms.
2. Chambord Castle
Chambord Castle is located in Loire Valley, France. This is one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Actually, its architecture is easily recognizable, the castle being built in a distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Chambord Castle was built by King Francois I, but the construction has never been completed. Still, this is nowadays one of the largest castles in France. More than 1,800 workers were brought to the area to built this castle.
1. Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle may be the most beautiful castle in the world, not only in Europe. The castle is located in Berkshire, England. The building dates back to 1070, covering an area of 13 acres. This is the world’s largest residential castle. Windsor Castle managed to survive to numerous tumultuous periods of war, but also to bombing and fire.
These spectacular constructions are just few of the most important castles that can be visited in Europe. Edinburgh Castle, Alcazar of Segovia, but also Palace of Pena and Prague Castle, among numerous others, surely deserve a place on such a top, too.