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The Most Majestic Castles in Europe

Recently updated on January 22nd, 2020 at 11:10 pm

Europe has long drawn travellers with its bounty of ancient enclaves that are a vivid reminder of the continent’s rich history. Whether travelling to Europe’s great cities or isolated rural regions, it’s often the historic castles that lie at the heart of these destinations that command the most attention. Join us as we seek the most majestic castles in Europe for an insight into their heritage and some spectacular views.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Castles in Europe

One of Scotland’s most iconic sights, this castle sits proudly on Edinburgh’s skyline, looking out over the city. Visitors travel from far and wide to discover the ancient site’s rich history, while taking in both the castle’s grandeur and sweeping views that stretch out before it.

Visit Edinburgh Castle with Trafalgar on the England and Scotland Heritage trip, Best of Scotland, Highland Trail Inspired by Outlander, Castles and Kilts, Celtic Filmscapes, Best of Ireland and Scotland, as well as longer trips around Britain.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Castles in Europe

It’s hard to imagine a more fairy tale scene than that of Neuschwanstein Castle; tucked into the forested mountains of southwest Bavaria, this 19th century palace continually captivates people from across the globe. Wander through the castle’s resplendent rooms while discovering the story of King Ludwig II, who used Neuschwanstein as his Royal retreat.

Venture to Neuschwanstein Castle on the Highlights of Germany trip, European Impressions, Sound of Music, Best of Germany and Austria, and Best of Germany.

Ashford Castle, Ireland

Castles in Europe

Situated within the lush countryside of Ireland’s County Mayo, Ashford Estate stretches across 350 acres in which the 13th century castle, landscaped gardens and woodland lie on the shores of Lough Corrib. Now, the castle acts as a magnificent five-star hotel, while still reflecting its long history and celebrating its long-held traditions.

Stay at Ashford Castle on the Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle trip.

Windsor Castle, England

Castles in Europe

As one of the official royal residences, Windsor Castle is worth visiting for the insight it gives into the British monarchy alone, but this is by no means the historic castle’s only appeal. Stroll through the lavish State Apartments, see inside Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, and look up at the magnificent stone vaulting of St George’s Chapel.

Spend time in Windsor on Britain and Ireland Delight, Britain and Ireland Explorer, England and Scotland Heritage, Britain and Ireland Experience, London Explorer, Delights of London and Paris, Best of Devon and Cornwall, and Castles and Kilts.

Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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Believed to be the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle spans an area of around 70,000 square-metres and is said to date back to the 9th century. Having been home to kings, Roman emperors and presidents throughout its existence, the castle is where the Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept to this day.

Explore Prague on the European Adventures trip, Highlights of Bohemia, Imperial Highlights, Imperial Europe, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, Bohemian Highlights, and Highlights of Eastern Europe.

Warwick Castle, England

Castles in Europe

With its original structure built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle is steeped in almost 1,000 years of history. This heritage is embraced to the fullest with restored interiors, exhibitions, and tours of the towers, turrets and interiors, as well as historic re-enactments.

Explore Warwick Castle with Trafalgar on the Britain and Ireland Experience.

Peñiscola Castle, Spain

Castles in Europe

The medieval walled town of Peñiscola is remarkably striking in its location overlooking the sea, set on its own rocky peninsula. The castle is, naturally, at the town’s highest point, with carved stone walls and barrel vaults reflecting its 13th century beginnings.

Travel to Peñiscola with Trafalgar on Iberian Explorer, Spanish Experience, Best of Spain and Spanish Wonder.

Buda Castle, Hungary

Castles in Europe

Originally built in 1265, this castle and palace complex displays its heritage through medieval, Baroque and more modern architecture. Today, the historic complex houses a series of museums and galleries, hosts regular events, and even has a wine cellar with guided tasting sessions. Buda Castle looks especially impressive lit up at night with its reflection on the river beside it.

Travel to see Budapest’s addition to our pick of the most impressive castle’s in Europe on the Prague, Vienna and Budapest trip, Imperial Highlights, Highlights of Bohemia, Imperial Europe, Bohemian Highlights, Highlights of Eastern Europe, and European Supreme.

Image credits: Cover photo of Neuschwanstein Castle © iStock / histrus42. Edinburgh Castle © iStock / Brendan Howard. Neuschwanstein Castle © iStock / Sean Pavone. Ashford Castle © Red Carnation Hotels. Windsor Castle © iStock. Prague Castle © iStock / Tomas Sereda. Warwick Castle © iStock / prestongeorge. Peñiscola Castle © iStock. Buda Castle © iStock / agustavop.

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