Fairytale castles in Europe

Unce upon a time, castles were used to house important and rich families or to provide the ideal scenery for the fairytales we heard when we were younger. Let your inner child rejoice and believe in magic once again, as these ones could really accomodate a Princess, a King or the Knights. They are fashinating, a trully marvelous sight that countries around the world are lucky to have.

Chateau de Chambord

This castle was the inspiration for the children’s favorite movie of Disney, “Beauty and the Beast“. It is one of the most recognizable castles around the world and this is owing to the medieval and Renaissancent beauty of its architecture. Its construction began in the 16th century by King Francis I as a symbol of wealth. Nevertheless, it was never completed.

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

For 150 years the Thai kings enjoyed their stay in this palace fortress dating from 1782. This impressive palace consists of several buildings, courtyards, and beautiful gardens. Nowadays it is used for special ceremonies and events.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Prague Castle is the largest one in the whole world and perhaps the best in Central and Eastern Europe. It is definately its most famous sight. The Prague Castle was constructed in the 9th century and it now houses the President and the government. The biggest part of it is open to the public. Keep in mind that to explore it all you will need about half a day.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Eilean Donan, Scotland

It is one of the highlands of Scotland, located on the northwest side of the island of Eilean Donan that is connected to the mainland by a footbridge. It was abandoned until 1911, and in 1919 its restoration work began, when a retired military oficer undertook its renovation and gave it its current appearance.

Eilean Donan castle

Eilean Donan castle

Swallow’s Nest, Ukraine

Overlooking the Black Sea lies the “Shallow’s Nest“, as this castle is called. In 1912 a Russian architect built it in a Neo-Gothic style . This is not a historic castle but a decorative one, so to say, with a length of 20 meters and a width of 10 meters. Strikingly beautiful as it is, it has been featured in many films.

The Swallow's Nest

The Swallow’s Nest

Fairytale castles photos by: sandro menzel, borris henriot, craig elliot, gavin mcrae, irina kolos

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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