29 Beautiful Fairy Tale Castles

29 Beautiful Fairy Tale Castles

Castles have always been a stunning architectural achievement. Whether to demonstrate power, swagger or to protect, palaces and fortresses remain the breathtaking landmarks, visited by crowds of tourists. See our list of 29 castles from around the world – which one would you like to see?

29. Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, USA

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Photo by Ellen Yeates

28. Mystras, Greece

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27. Eilean Donan, Loch Duich Island, Scotland

Eilean Donan, Loch Duich Island, Scotland

26. Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

25. Ghardaïa, Algeria

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24. Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

23. Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia

Church of the Assumption of Maria, Bled, Slovenia

Church of the Assumption of Maria, Bled, Slovenia © Shutterstock

22. Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Cochem Castle in Germany

21. Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

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Photo by Vítor Ribeiro

20. Vischering Castle, Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany

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19. Trakai, Lithuania

Trakai castle, Lithuania

18. Ideal Palace, Hauterives, France

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17. Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

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Photo by Thomas Muller

16. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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15. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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14. Hohenwerfen Castle, Werfen, Austria

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13. Carcassonne, France

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12. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

11. Moritzburg Castle, Germany

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10. Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France

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9. The Citadel of Qaitbay, Alexandria, Egypt

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Photo by Nadem Mohamed

8. The Swallow’s Nest, Yalta, Ukraine

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7. Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England

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6. The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

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5. The Alhambra, Andalusia, Spain

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Photo by Carlos Luque

4. Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy

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Photo by Domingo Leiva

3. Lichtenstein Castle, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Lichtenstein Castle in Germany

2. Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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1. Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

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