10 beautiful castles in Europe that look like something out of a fairytale

Castles can make for pretty fascinating days out.

Having stood tall for centuries they offer a glimpse into history, often house quirky artifacts, and sometimes just offer spectacular architecture and views.

But there are some castles that just have that extra ‘wow’ factor, looking like something directly from a storybook – some have even inspired Disney’s Cinderella Castle .

The good news is that they’re not actually from a land far, far away – in fact, they’re closer to home and can be found all over Europe, in the likes of France, Spain and Germany.

Think tall towers, spectacular settings and jaw-dropping architectural feats, which you can go and visit.

We take a look at some of Europe’s most beautiful castles you won’t want to miss…

1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein castle
Neuschwanstein castle

Named after the Swan Knight from one of Wagner’s opera characters, this Bavarian castle has some serious fairytale credentials.

Think high towers, opulent interiors, beautiful gardens and even a two-storey Throne Room (which ironically doesn’t contain a throne).

This 19th century castle was originally built to be a home for King Ludwig II, but he only spent a grand total of 11 nights in the castle. It was opened to the public weeks after his death in 1886.

It’s incredibly cheap to visit, with tickets starting from €1.80 per person (Approx £1.62). There are also plenty of guided tours on offer which last approximately 30 minutes.

Stay nearby: You can find rooms in nearby Munich from £36 a night on Lastminute.com .

 

2. Windsor Castle, UK

Windsor Castle

Hailed as one of the best things to see in Windsor , this royal residence is a must-visit.

The Queen lives there for a month each year, usually from March through to April, but the rest of the time the castle tends to be open to the public, unless there are special events.

(It’s worth double checking the dates you’re planning to visit).

Highlights include the opulent State Apartments and Grand Reception room, as well as Queen Mary’s Doll House , built to be an exact replica of the castle as possible, filled with thousands of miniature items from the 1920s.

Stay nearby: We’ve got a round-up of the best hotels in Windsor for a quintessentially British weekend with prices from £86 per night.

3. Mont St Michel, France

Le Mont Saint Michel

The medieval abbey of this island commune has long drawn in visitors from all over the world thanks to its spectacular Gothic architecture and fortifications.

Located in Normandy, you can reach the island by shuttle bus or on foot, where you’ll find plenty of local shops and restaurants, and even a few hotels.

Stay nearby:  TripAdvisor has a round-up of cheap hotels in Mont St Michel with prices from £53 per night.

4. Château de Chaumont, France

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Founded in the 10th century this beautiful château in Chaumont-sur-Loire boasts some seriously beautiful apartments to visit, as well as landscaped gardens.

Not to mention the turrets and intricate architecture look like this could be straight from a storybook.

The stables are also well worth a visit – there are plenty of luxurious touches include a display of harnesses designed by high end brand Hermes!

Tickets start from €18.00 per adult and €6.00 per child during high season (May through to November).

Stay nearby: Booking.com has hotels close to the castle which cater to a wide range of budgets. 

5. Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

Hohenzollern Castle

Located south of Hechingen, Hohenzollern Castle overlooks the landscape from its hilltop location, and could easily be something from a fantasy film set.

Highlights include the Treasury packed with everything from delicate china to snuff boxes which belonged to Frederick the Great, and the Prussian Royal crown.

Guided tours of the castle last approximately 45 minutes

Adult tickets from €12, child tickets from €6 and family tickets from €28 for admission to the complex and the interior rooms.

Stay nearby: Hotels.com can be a good source for cheap hotels near Hohenzollern Castle .

6. Chateau de Chambord, France

Chateau de Chambord

This majestic castle’s French Renaissance architecture has made it one of the most recognisable in France – and it’s not difficult to see why it keeps attracting crowds of visitors.

Located in Loir-et-Cher, you can easily spend a whole day exploring the castle grounds, opulent interiors and the surrounding estate with its lush park and fun activities (think boat rides and cycling paths).

Adult tickets from €14.50, children under 18 go free. Adults aged 18-25 who are members of the European Union also go free.

Stay nearby: Expedia offers cheap hotels nearby with prices from £45 per night.

7. Pena Palace, Portugal

Pena Palace

This spectacular 19th century Romanticist castle, sits in the Sintra hills and offers opulent interiors, intricate architecture, ornate furniture, hidden pathways, landscaped gardens… the list goes on and on.

Oh, and then there are the incredible views of the landscape to take in too!

A word of warning – this is a hugely popular attraction that can get busy so go early if you can to try and beat the crowds.

Adult tickets start from €14 for both the park and palace, while child tickets start from €12.50.

Stay nearby: If you’re making Lisbon your base then check out our top picks of cheap hotels in the Portuguese capital for a budget-friendly break.

 

8. Castle of Coca, Spain

Castle of Coca, Spain

Built in the 15th century by Alonso de Fonseca, the archbishop of Seville, you can easily spend a few hours exploring the castle’s square grounds, walled enclosures and moat.

Inside, you’ll find lavish interiors intricate mosaic designs, colourful touches and highlights from the Army Room to the lookout points from which you can take in the spectacular surroundings.

Tickets cost €2.70.

Stay nearby: TripAdvisor has a round-up of cheap hotels in Coca from £36 per night. 

9. Pierrefonds Castle, France

Pierrefonds Castle

Dating back to the 14th century, Pierrefonds Castle is surrounded by dense green forests which makes you feel like you are wondering through a land far, far away.

Hailed to be a ‘castle reborn’, it was taken down in the 17th century and left in ruins until Napoleon III commissioned an architect to rebuild it into the ideal château.

The result? Grandiose halls, picture-perfect rooms with breathtaking views and enviably landscaped gardens.

Tickets cost €8.

Stay nearby: Whether you’re on a budget or after something a little more special, Hotels.com can be a good source for cheap hotels in Pierrefonds

10. Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle

Nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ because of its close location to Transylvania, this castle makes quite a dramatic offering with its burnt orange rooftops and impressive turrets.

Although it’s often associated with the story of Count Dracula it’s not actually the location for Bram Stoker’s novel.

Inside you won’t find any vampires, although there is a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture.

Tickets cost €8.5.

Stay nearby: Booking.com has a handy round-up of the best hotels near Bran Castle

Read More

Incredible castles in Europe

Source

more recommended stories

  • P&O Ferries is launching a host of music-themed mini cruises

    P&O Ferries has added a quirky.

  • European driving laws that could land you a huge fine this summer

    Millions of people are set to.

  • Inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft replica you can actually book for holidays

    It’s been 50 years since the.

  • Exchange rate slump could see Brits pay 30% more on summer holidays

    Families jetting to Europe will be.

  • Best things to see in Ibiza if you’re not into the party scene

    Ibiza has earned its reputation as.

  • Siblu Holidays unveils new dedicated activities programmes for teenagers

    Any parent will know that keeping.

  • Heathrow Airport strikes planned over summer – see the full list of dates

    Brits travelling through Heathrow airport could.

  • Lagunitas Beer Circus: See the things you can’t unsee – Nick Ash

    The event, Lagunitas Beer circus is.

  • Disney film locations which were inspired by real-life places

    Disney films are set in enchanting.

  • Get half price tickets at UK theme parks simply by recycling this summer

    Thrill-seekers can bag half price tickets.

  • British Airways will begin flights to Beijing’s huge new airport later this year

    British Airways will begin operating flights.

  • Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure locations and how to follow in her footsteps

    Judi Dench has been giving her.

  • Dreamy all-inclusive Lake Como breaks are going from £159pp including flights

    Lake Como is one of those.

  • TUI slashes prices on river cruises by hundreds of pounds for 2020

    TUI is giving Brits the opportunity.

  • British Travel Awards 2019 voting opens and you could win a luxury holiday

    It’s time for the nation’s holiday.

  • 95-year-old woman’s dream comes true as she takes her first ever flight

    Boarding your very first flight is.

  • Organised friends who sort the group holiday risks losing money, experts say

    Kind-hearted Brits who take on the.

  • Cheapest weeks for Brits to travel during the summer holidays revealed

    It’s no secret that holiday prices.

  • You can bag mystery holidays for £99pp including Bali, Dubai and New York

    Want to go on holiday but.

  • Universal Orlando opens new budget hotel with rooms from £57 per night

    Universal Orlando has opened the doors.

  • British Airways has return flights to Barbados going for £414pp but be quick

    British Airways is giving holidaymakers on.

  • UK’s biggest theme park dubbed ‘UK Disneyland’ signs deal with Paramount Pictures

    If you’re a fan of theme.

  • Best value honeymoon destination revealed and it’s so dreamy

    Couples planning their honeymoons may want.

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love affair with Africa as they prepare to return

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have.

  • Sunlounger wars could now be a thing of the past thanks to handy new device

    Veterans of the long-running and frequently.

  • What it’s really like staying in world’s most luxurious – and expensive – hotel – Julie McCaffrey

    Where would you fly off to.

  • Flight Centre is currently offering free upgrades on Virgin Atlantic flights

    A free flight upgrade is the.

  • Virgin Atlantic gives sneak peek at A350-1000 aircraft with its new livery

    Virgin Atlantic has offered a first.

  • Cheap hotels in Benidorm that are ideal for a family holiday

    Benidorm has long been a firm.

  • Dreamy Bahamas private island prepares to open up to Brits for first time

    Brits can soon experience the Bahamas’.

  • You can hang out with alpacas and llamas at this dreamy Airbnb treehouse

    Waking up in a beautiful forest.

  • UK’s biggest and fastest city zip wire is back for summer and it’s even bigger

    Thrill-seekers may want to consider a.