Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
The castle is located on top of Berg Hohenzollern at 234 m (678 ft) above sea level, in the foothills of the Swabian Alps of central Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
While the first fortress was built here in the early 11th century, the final caste was built between 1846 and 1867 and is one of the most visited castles in Germany.
Alcázar of Segovia, Spain
Alcázar of Segovia is a stone castle located in the old city of Segovia. Originally build in the 12th century, the castle started off as an Arab fort, but it later also served as a royal palace or state prison along with other uses, and it’s currently used as a museum and military archives building.
Himeji Castle, Japan
The hilltop castle construction dates to 1333 and it was significantly remodeled later however, the castle has remained intact since 1618, despite natural disasters and even through the extensive bombing of Himeji in the WWII.
Corvin Castle, Romania
Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle, is one of the largest castles in Europe. Built in the 14th century, this Gothic-Renaissance castle can be found in Hunedoara, Romania, and it is said that it’s the place where Vlad the Impaler was held prisoner by John Hunyadi, Hungary’s military leader, for 7 years.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Built in the 13th century, destroyed in the 18th century and then rebuilt in the 20th century, the castle is situated on an island, surrounded by the amazing scenery of the Scottish highlands.
Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria
Built in the 11th century, atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in Salzburg, Austria, Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.
Conwy Castle, Wales
Built by Edward I, Conwy Castle is considered by UNESCO to be one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”, and it is classed as a World Heritage site.
Bodiam Castle, England
This 14th century castle is located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England, and it was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, to defend the area against French invasions during the Hundred Years’ War.
Windsor Castle, England
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. Built in the 11th century, it’s the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
Miranda Castle, Belgium
The neo-Gothic castle was commissioned in 1866 and completed in 1907. During World War II, it was occupied by the Nazis and it later served as an oprhanage and children’s camp. Since 1991, the castle is abandoned, being a favorite venue of urban explorers.
Coca Castle, Spain
Built in the 15th century by Don Alonso de Fonseca, Coca Castle is sittuated on the southwestern outskirts of the town of Coca, about 55 km south of the city of Valladolid. The castle is currently used as a school, but it almost entirely accessible to visitors.