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Top Ten Castles in the World: Interesting Structures Around the World

Wednesday Feb 3, 2016

Historic castles offer an insight into a past we can only dream up. And seeing these structures of wonder and great power close-up excite our imaginations even further.

Many of the greatest and most interesting buildings around the world are castles. They are some of the oldest buildings still in existence today, and have some of the most interesting history in the world. Some of them have been so well preserved for centuries that you are even able to visit them inside and outside!

Here are the top ten castles in the world:


1. Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany

german castle neuschwanstein

Dating back to the early 19th century, Castle Neuschwanstein is located in Schwangau, in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, and is a great example of a typical German castle. Resembling none other than the famous Disneyland fairy-tale castle, the Disney version was actually modeled on this impressive structure, which you can visit.


2. Peles Castle, Romania

romania peles castle

Undoubtedly, Peles Castle in Romania is one of the most beautiful castles in the world. It has 168 rooms, 35 of which are accessible if you participate in a tour of the castle. Built in the late 19th Century, the castle is one of Romania’s must-see destinations.


3. Conwy Castle, Wales

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The medieval Conwy Castle is the most rugged and wild castle on this list. The huge structure was built in the 13th century after Edward I conquered Wales, and is an enormous, grand old fortification with eight towers. Of all the castles built by Edward I, it was by far the most expensive.


4. Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

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Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why. Built back in 1195 by William Marshall, the first Earl of Pembroke, the castle was used as the home of the powerful and important Butler family for nearly 600 years, and the structure still dominates the town of Kilkenny City.


5. Prague Castle, Prague

czech prague castle

Prague Castle is one of the oldest, largest and most beautiful castles in the world. The enormous and majestic construction began in the ninth century, and the final building measures over 1,800 feet in length and 400 feet wide. You can’t visit the city of Prague without stepping into the grounds of this grand castle.


6. Windsor Castle, England

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Windsor Castle is still a royal residency in England, and is lived in by Queen Elizabeth II. It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and has been inhabited for over a thousand years. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, and stands high above the river Thames in the county of Berkshire, just a short drive from London.


7. Alcazar of Segovia, Spain

spanish alcazar of segovia

The old stone castle, the Alcazar of Segovia, is located in the old city of Segovia, and is one of the most unique looking castles in the world. Originally built in the 12th century to serve as a fortress, the castle has operated as a royal palace, a prison and a military academy throughout its long history.


8. Mont Saint-Michel Castle, France

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The impressive Mont Saint-Michel Castle is located near Normandy and is a magical medieval building that is perched perilously on a rocky peak, or mound. The sturdy structure was originally built as an abbey, and is now an important World Heritage Site.


9. Hatley Castle, Canada

canadian hatley castle

Hatley Castle is located in the beautiful Hatley Park National Historic Site in Colwood, British Columbia. It is such a powerful-looking castle that it has been used in a number of films, including X-Men and Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.


10. Matsumoto Castle, Japan

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Known as the “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior, Matsumoto Castle in Japan is one of the best preserved castles in the country, and is located in the city of Matsumoto. It’s 400-year-long history also makes it Japan’s oldest castle and a “National Treasure of Japan”.

Explore Interesting Structures Around the World

Of all the interesting castles in the world, travel enthusiasts will be especially delighted with the awe-inspiring structures on this list. While planning your next castle viewing adventure, remember that Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals on everything from cheap car rentals to cozy hotels and more. Simply browse our rates online or give our friendly travel experts a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.

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