Castles Around The World Worth Visiting

Itching for a vacation? We don’t blame you! It’s been a long year, and it’s about time you take the necessary time to unwind. Now, if you’re the type of person that’s always been enamored with the idea of fairytale castles, embellished with aristocratic architecture and a rich history, there are many storied estates around the world worth visiting. And who knows? If you fall in love with the indutable charm of being inside one of these whimsical structures, and I’m sure you will, there’s castles for sale in the USA that are actually fairly economic!

Windsor Castle

Located in the English county of Berkshire, Windsor Castle is known as the oldest and most occupied castle in the world. It is famous for its long association with the English and later British royal family, as well as for its architecture. Windsor Castle survived the disruptive period of the English Civil War, though the castle was ultimately rebuilt by Charles II, with consultations from architect Hugh May.

Nowadays, the castle is a popular tourist attraction and has plenty of programs for guests. There are exhibitions, lectures, private tours, and more! On the tours, you can view a plethora of rooms such as the White Drawing Room, the grandest of all State Rooms, the Throne Room, the Ballroom, and more!

Castle Of Chenonceau

Formally known as ‘The Château de Chenonceau’, this French castle spans River Cher and is first mentioned in writing in the 11th-century. The bridge leading into the castle over the river was designed by the French Renaissance Architect Philibert de l’Orme, and the gallery on the bridge was built by Jean Bullant between 1570 and 1576. Interestingly enough, the castle has a long history, as well as an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. Ultimately, however, the castle landed in the hands of Henri Menier, a member of the Menier family, famous for their chocolates.

This Castle is a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon, with plenty of shops and picnic areas. There is also an impressive collection of gardens within property walls, such as the Garden of Diane de Poitiers, the Garden of Catherine de Medicis, the Flower Garden, Garden Green and the Maze.

Gravensteen

This castle is perfectly fitting for those who have a…natural inclination to all things twisted and horrible. Kidding. But this castle does have quite the disturbing history, and is known for being a place of torture and injustice. Located in Ghent, Belgium, the construction for Gravensteen was done over a much weaker castle, and was used as a political symbol to enforce the power of the Count of Flanders. Eventually the Counts abandoned the castle in the 14th century and it turned into a prison and courthouse. It contained dank, subterranean dungeons that trapped prisoners awaiting trial in unspeakable conditions. They were frequently tortured.

Fortunately, with time and the introduction of more civilized practices, these barbaric activities were abolished. However, the stain of horror remains even to this day—fully permeated within castle walls. The castle is a novelty of sorts, and offers a variety of different tours and events, such as ‘Medieval Times’.

The Alcazar Castle

Located in Segovia, Spain, this castle is known as one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain, with the shape of it mimicking the bow of a ship. This castle was originally built as a fortress, but served many functions over the centuries: it was a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College, and even a military academy! Nowadays, guests can explore castle grounds and view the Herrerian courtyard, moat, and drawbridge on the outside. Want to wander the interior? The castle has a plethora of gorgeous rooms, bathed in regality. Explore the Hall of the Old Place, construction corresponding to the reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile and embellished with gorgeous Mudéjar-style socles located between the windows. Get cozy in the Hall of the Fireplace, a space dedicated to the ordination of the fortress in the time of Philip II of Spain, with furniture from the 16th-century! Observe the Throne Room, a portal that communicates with the Hall of Fireplace and conserves the same, classic Mudéjar architecture and has miraculously persisted since the fire that ravaged it, conserved with plaster frieze.

Visit this castle during the “Nights in the Gardens of the Real Alcázar”, a festival held every summer there since the year 2000. The programme consists of open-air concerts and usually stretches from June to the beginning of September. Otherwise, visit the castle year-round for a small general admission fee of €4.50.

Cardiff Castle

Located in Wales, this medieval castle exudes Victorian Gothic revival while maintaining most of its historical charm. The original castle was built in the late 11th century and was commissioned by either William the Conqueror or by Robert Fitzhamon. The castle now belongs to the people of Cardiff, and is protected as both a Grade I listed building, which is a building of exceptional interest, and a scheduled monument.

The castle has many things to see and do, with guests being offered the option of a 50-minute house tour through gorgeous and highly decorated rooms, such as the Winter Smoking Room, The Nursery, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and the Rooftop Garden. Additionally, guests are given the option to peruse historical time capsules, with one of the most exciting attractions being the Wartime Shelters. Within the Castle walls exist tunnels that were used as air-raid shelters during the Second World War, and is estimated that it was able to hold more than 1,800 people within its walls!

 

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