Monday, January 9, 2012

10 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe

What do you think of when you hear dungeons and dragons, ghost and goblins or kings and queens? If you said castles, you are not alone sire. Some of these legendary ones are found in the Europe. Castles consist of a group of fortified buildings with thick walls and towers.. Today, monarchs still reside in some very popular ones, such as Windsor Castle. Others serve as tourist attractions and museums. The wealthy even have the luxury of residing in some majestic ones.
So here I have compiled some of the most beautiful castles in Europe. I hope you will like it.

Leeds Castle – Kent, England

Considering how patriotic and proud Englishmen are, this comes as no surprise, but Leeds is the self-proclaimed “loveliest castle in the world.” Visit this extraordinary castle just once and you will find yourself agreeing with the English about their claim.
Prague Castle – Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague Castle was a work in progress between the 9th and 18th centuries. The original fortress expanded steadily until it started to host governmental affairs. This is one castle tour that has international tourists in mind: the guided tour is offered in six languages.
Castelo de Sao Jorge – Lisbon, Portugal

If you are looking for a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic Ocean, Castelo de Sao Jorge is the place to go. The castle originally known as Lisbon Castle also offers a scenic view of the country’s capital.
El Alcazar – Segovia, Spain

El Alcazar is an impressive castle in that it rises in an almost surreal way near the heart of the city. The castle is steeped in history. El Alcazar is now easily the most picturesque area in Spain.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Munich, Germany

Do not tell anyone, but you will surely be astonished and amazed to know that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle was “inspired” by the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy, France

Originally designed as an abbey for pilgrims, it has evolved throughout the years. The castle sits on a rocky area between Normandy and Brittany, overlooking the bay.
Lincoln Castle – Lincolnshire, England

Built at the beginning of the 11th century, Lincoln Castle served as home of the legendary William the Conqueror. Thereafter, starting in 1787, Lincoln Castle was a prison for the Lincolnshire area partially because its layout and build made it impossible for detainees to escape.
Chateau de Chambord – Loire Valley, France

Le Chateau de Chambord remains one of the jewels in Europe’s crown. Built back in 1547, a visit will leave you gawking at its 440 rooms, and a game of Hide and Seek will last forever.
Frankenstein Castle – Darmstadt, Germany

A certain Lord Konrad Dippel von Frankenstein once inhabited this legendary castle in the 16th century. Apparently, von Frankenstein traded in his soul for eternal life.
Glamis Castle – Glamis, Scotland

When I mentioned ghosts, I was referring to Glamis. Considered by many to be the most haunted castle in Scotland, rumor states that many were murdered here, including the legendary Duncan and King Malcolm II.

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