5 Stunning European Castles Mar 31, 2017 by Ashleigh (Awesome Escape Blogger)
There's something magical about castles. People fortunate enough to visit a historical castle are swept up by the whimsy of fairytales, turrets, and damsels in distress. While most castles have their own secrets hidden in dungeons or sinister turrets, they're still gorgeous pieces of history with awe-inspiring grandeur. Here are five of the most stunning castles you can visit if you're traveling in Europe.
Castillo de Coca (Spain)
This impressive example of Gothic architecture was first constructed at the beginning of the 15th century outside the village of Coca in the Segovia Region of Spain. Although the castle seemingly juts out of the rock as if it were carved out of a mountainside, it's actuality made of brick and stone. Several floors contain a museum with fascinating artifacts and there are still working government offices set among the amazing woodwork and masonry of a past age.
Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany)
If you're looking for the kind of castle that reminds you of the Disney theme parks, Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany provides the best pictures in the world. The castle was built on the crest of a hill in the 19th century and took just over 25 years to complete. People can hike up to the castle but should do so during the middle of the day if possible to avoid a walk and view obscured with fog.
Frederiksborg Castle (Denmark)
Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, Denmark, is the largest Renaissance castle in all of Scandinavia. While the castle was first built in the 17th century, it needed serious restoration after a fire in the 19th century. Builders restored it as best they could and now the castle operates as a museum with some of the most impressive Danish artwork, furnishings and artifacts still in existence. The best time to photograph the castle is at sunset when the sun is reflected on the castle from across the water.
Prague Castle (Czech Republic)
With its first walls buildings erected in the 9th century, Prague Castle has a spectacular history that covers countless wars, intrigues, and monarchs until it was finally finished during the early part of the 20 century in the form we know today. Emperors, kings, and great nobles have called it home throughout the years. It is considered to be the largest of the remaining ancient castles in the entire world. Almost every area of the compound is open to visitors, which allows guests to traverse the many galleries, chapels, and great halls.
Buda Castle (Hungary)
Buda Castle was first founded in the 13th century and only finished construction and restoration work in the 20th century. The castle is located in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, and sits perched on a hillside with fantastic golden lighting that washes over the walls at night. Buda houses both a museum and several galleries of artwork and historical treasures for visitors to see in buildings on the grounds as well as several outdoor exhibits surrounding specific statues and monuments. This gorgeous complex is has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.