Top 50 Most Beautiful Castles Around The World

Remeber our post? 15 Most Beautiful and Best Castles To Visit in Germany. There is a saying “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” but when you talk about castles’ these beauties lies in the eyes of everybody. In this article, we are going to be looking at the 50 most beautiful castles around the world.


Don’t be surprised when you see how far back some of these castles date. Some of these castles were built to stand for a thousand years. Castle building dates back to the 9th century and continued until the 20th century. Let us take a look at the best 50 Castles Around The World.

1. Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria

Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria
Located at the top of Festungsberg; a hill in the Austrian city of Salzburg in Germany.


2. Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria

Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria
Built from 1075-1078, this castle is sister to the aforementioned and is also located south of Salzburg.


3. Burg Hochosterwitz, Austria

Burg Hochosterwitz, Austria
It is located east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia, Germany. It has been a settlement site since the Bronze Age.


4. Miranda Castle, Belgium

Miranda Castle, Belgium
Built from 1866-1907 by Edward Milner, it is also known as the Noisy Castle; located in Celles, province of Namur, Belgium.

5. Hatley Castle, Canada

Hatley Castle, Canada
Completed in 1908, the castle is the administrative headquarters for the Royal Roads University. image source

6. Trakošćan Castle, Croatia

Trakošćan Castle, Croatia
This castle dates back to the 13th century and it’s located in the Varaždin County, northern Croatia.

7. Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic
Records hold this as the largest ancient castle in the world. Built from 870-1929; It is home to the President of Czech.


8. Kronborg Castle, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, Denmark
This stronghold lies in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. This castle dates back to Krogen; a stronghold built in the 1420s.


9. Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark
This castle was built as a royal residence early 17th. It is located in Hillerød, Denmark.

10. Castle Zaman, Taba, Egypt

Castle Zaman, Taba, Egypt
This castle is located on a desert cliff between Taba and Nuweiba. 


11. Bodiam Castle, England

Bodiam Castle, England
Built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385, the castle is located near Robertsbridge east of Sussex, England.


12. Windsor Castle, England

Windsor Castle, England
This castle is owned by Queen Elizabeth II in right of the crown. Located in Windsor; English county of Berkshire.

13. Leeds Castle, England

Leeds Castle, England
Located southeast of Maidstone in Kent, England. This castle has been since the 12th century (1119).

14. Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England

Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England
Construction started in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete. Located in North Yorkshire; the property of the Howard family.

15. Corfe Castle, Dorset, England

Corfe Castle, Dorset, England
Located in the village of Corfe, on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset, this castle was built by William the Conqueror.

16. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England
This castle in Alnwick is in the English county of Northumberland. It is home to the Duke of Northumberland. [image source]


17. Chenonceau Castle, France

Chenonceau Castle, France
This is a French château over the river Cher near Chenonceaux village.

18. Mont Saint Michel, France

Mont Saint Michel, France
This island commune in Normandy is located off the northwest coast near the Couesnon River.


19. Chateau de Chambord, France

Chateau de Chambord, France
This is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. built from 1519-1547.

20. Château de Versailles, France

Château de Versailles, France
This château in Versailles is located in the Île-de-France region of France. It is now an open museum.

21. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Built between 1869 and 1886, this castle is located on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria.

22. Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
The building of this castle started in early 11th century; the final stage was completed in 1867.


23. Castle Hohenschwangau, Germany

Castle Hohenschwangau, Germany
This castle was built in the 19th century in the village of Hohenschwangau in southern Germany. [image source]

24. Schloss Moritzburg, Germany

Schloss Moritzburg, Germany
This Baroque palace was built in Moritzburg, northwest of Dresden, Saxony.

25. Schwerin Castle, Germany

Schwerin Castle, Germany
This castle dates back to the 10th century, and major parts were finished in1857. It is located in the city of Schwerin.

26. The Eltz Castle, Germany

The Eltz Castle, Germany
This castle is owned by the Eltz family and is located in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier.

27. Amber Fort, India

Amber Fort, India
Built in 1592, this castle is located in Amer Rajasthan, India.

28. Arg-e Bam, Iran

Arg-e Bam, Iran
This castle used to be the largest adobe building in the world. It is located in the Bam; Kerman province.

29. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
This monastery was built in 1920 on the ground of the Kylemore castle. Its location is Connemara, county Galway.

30. Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland
: Construction started in 1195 and ended in 1213. It is located in Kilkenny, Ireland.

31. Osaka Castle, Japan

 Osaka Castle, Japan
This castle is located in Chūō-ku, Osaka. This remains one of Japan’s popular landmarks.

32. Matsumoto Castle, Japan

Matsumoto Castle, Japan
The current structure dates back 1594. It also remains one of Japan’s premier historic castles. [image source]

33. Himeji Castle, Japan

Himeji Castle, Japan
This hilltop castle is located in Himeji, Hyogo. The castle dates back to 1333.


34. De Haar Castle, Netherlands

De Haar Castle, Netherlands
Construction started in1892 to 1907. It is sited near Haarzuilens, in the municipality of Utrecht.

35. Malbork Castle, Poland

Malbork Castle, Poland
This castle was built in the 13th century. It is the largest castle in the world by land mass. It lies in the town of Malbork. 

36. The Palace of Pena, Portugal

The Palace of Pena, Portugal
Construction started in the middle age and was completed in 1854. The castle is on a hilltop in Sintra Mountains, Sintra. [image source]


37. Peleș Castle, Romania

Peleș Castle, Romania
This castle is located in the Carpathian Mountains in Prahova County. Built between 1873 and 1914. 

38. Corvin Castle, Romania

Corvin Castle, Romania
Built from the 14ht until the 19th century. It is one of the largest castles in Europe. Located in Hunedoara. Read more Corvin Castle in Romania.

39. Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle, Romania
This medieval fortress belongs to Archduke Dominic of Austria-Tuscany. Located in Bran, near Brasov. 

40. Catherine Palace, Russia

Catherine Palace, Russia
This castle is located in Tsarskoye Selo south of St. Petersburgh, built from 1717 to 1752. 

41. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
This is a small tidal island close to the village of Dornie. Construction started in the 13th century. 

42. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Construction started from the 12th century until the 21st century. It is located in the city of Edinburgh.

43. Glamis Castle, Scotland

Glamis Castle, Scotland
 Located in the village of Glamis in Angus, this castle has been the property of the Lyon family since the 14th century.


44. Culzean Castle, Scotland

Culzean Castle, Scotland
This castle overlooks the Firth of Clyde, near Maybole, Carrick. [image source]

45. Alcázar of Segovia, Spain

Alcázar of Segovia, Spain
This castle which was originally built as a fortress has served so many other purposes. It is located in Segovia, Spain. 

46. Castillo de Coca, Spain

Castillo de Coca, Spain
This castle was built in the 15th century, and it is located in the coca, Segovia. [image source]

47. Örebro Castle, Sweden

Örebro Castle, Sweden
This castle is located in Örebro, Närke on an island in Svartan. 


48. Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland

Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland
This is an island castle located on Lake Geneva. It is on the eastern side of the lake.

49. Conwy Castle, Wales

Conwy Castle, Wales
 This castle is on the north coast of wales, and was built by Edward I. 

50. Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California, USA

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California, USA
This is a fairy tale castle at Disneyland. It was opened on the 17th of July 1955. It is the oldest of all the Disney castles. Also, read Disneyland, A Treat For your Child. [image source]

Here you have the 50 most beautiful castles in the world. There are a lot more to these castles than what you see here. Make sure you visit some of these castles as you are able because the beauties of the castles lie in the eye of every beholder.

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