When it comes to touring ancient architecture, there’s nothing quite like a trip through a castle. The towering stone walls, breathtaking artwork, and legendary history that fill these buildings are unlike anything else. No matter what parts of the world you want to visit, you should always try to make room for a castle visit. While many travel plans are taking a backseat to social distancing, these castles have been here for centuries and will continue to await you until your next vacation comes around. Once travel is safe again, be sure to check out these three most captivating castles in the world.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
Relatively speaking, Neuschwanstein is a new addition to the world’s iconic castles. Bavarian King Ludwig II ordered the castle’s creation in the late 1800s. He wanted a design that would honor and reflect medieval Romanticism. As a result, the castle is a picturesque imitation of a medieval fantasy. Its iconic design went on to inspire Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle.
Prague Castle – Czech Republic
Prague Castle isn’t just one of the most captivating castles in the world. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it’s the world’s largest ancient castle. It’s also home to the Czech Crown Jewels. Unlike most of the world’s castles, Prague Castle is still a seat of political power and remains the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic. This massive building is also home to the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, and the Golden Lane of historic cottages where the castle’s guards once lived.
Kilkenny Castle – Ireland
Ireland is full of incredible castle tours, and one of the most remarkable is Kilkenny Castle. Its history begins shortly after the Norman conquest of Ireland. Over the course of 800 years, the castle has undergone many rebuilds, extensions, and modifications to adapt to an ever-changing world. Today, Kilkenny Castle attracts visitors with its gorgeous parkland and extensive art collections.