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Best Castles in Europe


Europe is full of rich history and culture. One of the highlights of any trip to Europe is seeing all the huge castles, palaces and estates that are scattered around the continent. In this article we list eGuide’s picks for the top 10 best castles to visit in Europe. Each castle is open to the public and many offer tours and attractions around the grounds. The castles include royal residences, the Worlds largest castle, Dracula’s Castle, the castle where Shakespeare based Hamlet and more.

1. Windsor Castle, UK

Windsor Castle

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2. Neuschwanstein CastleGermany

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3. Palace of Pena, Portugal

Palace of Pena
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  • Palace of Pena

    As colorful as a tropical parrot, washed in shades of mustard, purple and red, the Palace of Pena in Sintra looks unbelievably complex as you approach it. It has everything: moats, turrets, residences, massive castle walls, and winding paths and roads. The reason may be that it was originally a mona… read more

4. Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Prague Castle
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  • Prague Castle

    Prague is the home of the largest castle in the world. From the Gothic 14th century royal palace that had to be rebuilt in the 16th century after a fire, Prague Castle today is massive and contains several palace buildings and museums. Within the castle complex there is the Saint Vitus Cathedral, th… read more

5. Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle
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  • Bran Castle

    Known as “Dracula’s Castle” because allegedly a former resident was the person that the vampire story was based on, Bran Castle is truly one of the most striking castles to visit in Europe. It is improbably high on a steep hill with dramatic lines and turrets piercing the sky. Visit the cas… read more

6. Koenigsbourg Castle, France

Koenigsbourg Castle
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  • Koenigsbourg Castle

    This 12th century castle fortress is positioned high above Alsatian fields, located along the Alsatian Wine Route. In fact, if you climb to the very top of the towers of the castle you will be rewarded on a good weather day with views across the Black Forest, the Rhine, and across to the Alps. Al… read more

7. Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria

Hohensalzburg Castle
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  • Leeds Castle

    A Norman castle of stately proportions situated on two islands, Leeds is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. You can even stay there as a guest because part of the castle has been made into a hotel and guests gain the added benefit of having dinner in the historic Henry VIII Banquet Hall. I… read more

8. Leeds Castle, UK

Leeds Castle
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  • Leeds Castle

    A Norman castle of stately proportions situated on two islands, Leeds is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. You can even stay there as a guest because part of the castle has been made into a hotel and guests gain the added benefit of having dinner in the historic Henry VIII Banquet Hall. I… read more

9. Eltz Castle, Germany

Eltz Castle
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  • Eltz Castle

    The castle, considered one of the finest in Germany, is actually made up of three residences, one which is still inhabited by the Eltz family. Touring the Castle is a delight, make sure you take the 45 minute tours that take you through two of the homes. You are in a castle proper, yet many of the r… read more

10. Kronborg Castle, Denmark

Kronborg Castle
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  • Kronborg Castle

    A castle experience that will keep the whole family enthralled, Kronborg Castle is well worth a visit. It is a listed World Heritage site and is where Shakespeare based Hamlet, earning it the nickname “Hamlet’s Castle”. Children will especially enjoy the playground or the special exhibitio… read more

Date posted: 29th August, 2011

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