Here are the top 10 Europe castles to visit
“From Britain’s grand estates with imposing ramparts, to Bavaria’s fairy tale palaces, Europe’s castles are the best in the world. Steeped in history that’s both romantic and grisly in equal measure, they’ve seen centuries of both regal splendour and fierce conflict. These ten spectacular European castles will catapult you back in time to an era of magic and mystery and you can visit them when travelling with guided holiday experts”, Trafalgar.
Trafalgar an award winning operator has rounded up ten of the most magnificent castles across the length and breadth of Europe. And the beauty of it all? They are all visited by Trafalgar’s guests on a variety of guided holidays on offer.
Through their outstanding network of local characters; from chefs and artisans to historians, farmers and even taxi drivers you can truly immerse yourself in the destination. You’ll find they’ll open up your understanding of your destination in ways you never imagined…
Chillon Castle, Switzerland
Sitting on a rock on the far eastern shores of Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is Switzerland’s most visited historic building, and it’s easy to see why. The grand mediaeval fortress has the most beautiful façade, in an unbelievably jaw-dropping location.
Visit it on: Best of Switzerland
Wawel Castle, Poland
With is gleaming orange tile roof and ornate green turrets, Wawel Castle is Krakow’s crowning architectural glory. Harmonising baroque, Renaissance and medieval architecture, it’s unusually eclectic in appearance..
Visit it on: Pilgrimage to Poland
Château Chenonceau, France
A castle like no other, Château Chenonceau spans the River Cher on the foundations of an ancient mill. Its Gothic spires and immaculate gardens make it a truly romantic location.
Visit it on: Best of France
Örebro Castle, Sweden
Occupying a tiny island on the Svartån River, Örebro Castle was conceived as a defence fortress in the 13th century. Rebuilt in 1900 in a French Renaissance style and framed by four cylindrical towers, it’s a utterly beautiful historic stronghold.
Visit it on: Highlights of Scandinavia
São Jorge Castle, Portugal
Lisbon is home to many castles, but none quite as commanding as São Jorge. Towering over the city, the 11thcentury Moorish fortification is visible from almost every direction. Scale its ramparts and you’ll be rewarded with a show-stopping 360-degree panorama over Lisbon.
See it on: Highlights of Spain and Portugal
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
The inspiration for Walt Disney’s enchanting Magic Kingdom, Neuschwanstein Castle is a fairy tale palace come to life. Perched atop a leafy Bavarian mountain, the castle was commissioned by Ludwig II in the 1800s as an homage to composer, Wagner.
Visit it on: Best of Germany
Ashford Castle, Ireland
One of the Emerald Isle’s most majestic dwellings, Ashford Castle is an 800-year old medieval masterpiece on the banks of Lough Corrib. Its rugged ramparts and vast gardens make it both breathtaking and dramatic.
Visit it on: Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Proudly commanding the Scottish skyline, Edinburgh Castle has been keeping watch over the city since the 12thcentury. Home to kings and queens of yore, today the historic castle is the backdrop for concerts and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Visit it on: Castles and Kilts
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world. The vast site features ecclesiastical buildings and sky piercing towers with gothic and Romanesque modifications. You can stroll around Prague Castle’s courtyards and roam through its stunning palaces.
Visit it on: Prague, Vienna and Budapest Winter
Windsor Castle, England
The family residence of British royalty for over one thousand years, Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world. Not only is it impressive on the outside but inside there’s a wealth of amazing artwork by Renaissance painters like Rembrandt and Rubens. If the flag is flying that means the Queen’s at home.
Visit it on: Best of Devon and Cornwall
More info to book one of these top 10 Europe castles tours:
Trafalgar visits all of these ten magnificent European castles, if you’d like to explore the majesty up close click here to discover a fantastic Trafalgar guided holiday. Book before 29 September to travel in 2018 at 2017’s prices less ten percent. Call Trafalgar or visit www.trafalgar.com for more information.
To date Trafalgar has collected 46 major travel awards over the last five years alone, as well as the Gold Trusted Merchant Award from independent reviews provider Feefo.
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