One of the best things about traveling is exploring cultures and architecture of decades passed. Castles are the best to explore – you can feel an incredible energy that they once housed and you get curious about who walked the halls, who danced in the grand ballrooms and the secrets they hold in their stone walls to this day. The best castles can be found all around Europe and you have probably heard of some of the following that is listed. But some may surprise you and should be added to your wanderlust bucket list as soon as possible.
Mont-Saint Michel: This fortress is located near Normandy, France, and is built high up on a peak. It’ known as one of the medieval architecture's greatest achievements.
Edinburgh Castle: This historic fortress has stood through multiple invasions, sieges, power struggles, and murders. It is one of the most well-known castles in history, and it’s located on the Castle Rock and dominates the Edinburgh skyline.
Neuschwanstein Castle: This castle is straight out of a fairy tale, located near Fussen, Southwest Bavaria, Germany. It was built in the 19th century for King Ludwig II and is a Romanesque Revival palace. Surrounded by scenic mountain landscapes and located on rugged cliffs, this is one you won't want to miss seeing.
Glamis Castle: This Scottish castle is known as the most haunted castle in Scotland and is currently the home of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, but it’s open to the public. This castle is located beside the village of Glamis in Angus.
Hampton Court Palace: King Henry the Eighth used this stunning palace as one of his primary residences in the 16th century. Now it is open to tourists who can spend time in the beautiful gardens surrounding it and enjoy the sun.
Greenwich Palace: This is a Tudor era history lover's must-see location. King Henry the Eighth and Queen Elizabeth I were both born here, and Queen Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn, was arrested here when King Henry wanted to get rid of her to marry Jane Seymour. This palace is one of the most important palaces in Tudor era England.
History is an incredible thing to learn about, and the best way to learn is by fully immersing yourself in it and seeing what people of that era saw. Palaces are a more grand way to experience that culture and may only represent a small percentage of people who got to live there. But who wouldn't want to feel like royalty for a short time.