10 Most Beautiful Castles in the World

Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a castle? Castles are mysterious and beautifully remind us of the history in many different eras. Unsurprisingly, castles opened to the public are popular tourist attractions. Also, movie companies are commonly using castles as places for sets. However, castles are not something you see every day, especially for those who live in a city. Not only that but some countries do not have structures like castles to view. So, where can you find a castle? Take a look at where to find the 10 Most Beautiful Castles in the World!

10 – Castle De Haar, Netherlands

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Castle De Haar – By No machine-readable author provided. Gijsevers~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Situated right in the heart of The Netherlands, this castle stands as the most luxurious in the country. Dating back to the 13th century, Castle De Haar has a rich history. However, due to its age, it required a significant rebuild in 1892, which was eventually completed in 1912. What’s more, the park and gardens that envelop Castle De Haar span a staggering 135 acres.

09 – Castle Hohenschwangau, Germany

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Castle Hohenschwangau – By Softeis (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Castle Hohenschwangau was a nineteenth-century palace that housed King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a child. Located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Castle Hohenschwangau is a picturesque, yellow-hued fortress that seems to have jumped straight out of a fairy tale. This 19th-century castle was the childhood home of the famous King Ludwig II, also known as the “Fairy Tale King.” With its romantic turrets, stunning frescoes, and panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains, Castle Hohenschwangau is a true gem among Germany’s castles. Don’t forget to snap some Insta-worthy shots during your visit!

08 – Château de Chambord, France

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Chateau de Chambord – By Éléosud (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The castle’s enchanting allure stems from its unique blend of French Renaissance architecture and traditional French medieval forms, which seamlessly merge with classical Renaissance structures. Intriguingly, there is speculation that the legendary Leonardo da Vinci may have had a hand in designing the castle. Boasting an impressive 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases, the castle is truly a testament to opulence and grandeur.

07 – Peleş Castle, Romania

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Located on an existing medieval route that links Transylvania and Wallachia, Peleş Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle. It was built between 1873 and 1914 and approximately cost 16,000,000 Romanian lei in gold. This converts to $120 million today. Over 170 rooms are theme decorated with cultures from around the world.

06 – Catherine Palace, Russia

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Catherine Palace – Alex ‘Florstein’ Fedorov [CC BY-SA 4.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons
Fit for a tsarina, the opulent Catherine Palace in Russia is an architectural masterpiece. This 18th-century baroque palace is located just outside St. Petersburg and was once the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Its striking blue-and-white façade, adorned with gilded sculptures and ornate decorations, is truly a sight to behold. Inside, you’ll find lavish interiors with gilded ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and the world-famous Amber Room. A tour of Russia’s most beautiful palaces wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the dazzling Catherine Palace.

05 – Matsumoto Castle, Japan

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Matsumoto Castle – By 663highland (663highland) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
When you think of castles, Japan might not be the first place that comes to mind. However, Matsumoto Castle is a breathtaking example of Japanese architecture and history. Built in the 16th century during the Sengoku period, this striking black and white fortress is also known as the “Crow Castle.” Surrounded by the stunning Japanese Alps, this castle boasts a unique wooden interior, ornate carvings, and a moon-viewing pavilion that’s perfect for a romantic rendezvous. If you’re into Japanese castles and history, Matsumoto Castle is a must-visit.

04 – Noor Mahal, Pakistan

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Noor Mahal – By Naveedulfatkhan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Noor Mahal is located in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan and was built in 1872. It lacks publicity although it is open to the public. The Pakistan Army currently has possession of it. It includes 32 rooms where 14 of them are in the basement, 6 verandas, and 5 domes. A mosque was added to it in 1906.

03 – Schwerin Castle, Germany

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Schwerin Castle – By User:Kolossos (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Schwerin Castle is located on an island in the main lake of the city. It currently serves as a residence to the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament. The beautiful structure is regarded as an important work of romantic Historicism and will even become a World Heritage Site. The castle’s first records date to AD 973 but major, current palace parts were built between 1845 and 1857.

02 – Hatley Castle, Canada

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Hatley Castle – By Brandon Godfrey from Victoria B.C, Canada (Hatley Castle HDRUploaded by PDTillman) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Nestled in the lush forests of British Columbia, Hatley Castle is a stunning example of Edwardian architecture. Built in 1908 by a former Canadian Pacific Railway executive, this majestic mansion features a sprawling 565-acre estate with manicured gardens, walking trails, and even a golf course. Hatley Castle has made a name for itself on the big screen, starring in movies and TV shows like X-Men and Smallville. A trip to Canada’s most beautiful castles wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this enchanting estate.

01 – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria

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Neuschwanstein Castle – Thomas Wolf, [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons
This castle was made in the nineteenth-century as a refuge for a king that paid for it out of his own fortune. However, upon his death in 1886, the castle was publically opened to those who would pay. The castle may look familiar and this is because it was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. The castle also appeared in several movies including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

As our magical journey through the world’s most beautiful castles comes to an end, it’s clear that these architectural wonders are more than just bricks and mortar. They’re timeless testaments to human ingenuity, artistry, and the power of imagination. From the breathtaking elegance of Japan’s Matsumoto Castle to the opulence of Russia’s Catherine Palace, these castles continue to captivate us with their beauty and history. So, next time you’re planning an adventure, consider adding a castle or two to your bucket list. After all, who wouldn’t want to feel like royalty for a day?