We have all built little, big castles in our dreams, and even in the sand at the beaches. But from where does all that inspiration come from? Well, everything that we imagine or make models of, are influenced by reality. Similarly, there are some mind boggling, magnificent castles around the world which look as if they have come straight out of a dream. If you are an art and architecture enthusiast, then a tour of these castles is the next best thing you can add to your bucket list. Hey, what are you waiting for?
Stop building those castles in your dreams, for reality is far too pretty to not let your eyes and mind have a good time traipsing around the confines of these masterpieces, which once were home to the emperors and lords. If you know the hacks to score cheap flight tickets, then invest those steal deals checking out these wonderful manors around the world. Jaw drop, guaranteed!
- Neuschwanstein, Bavaria
One of the most astounding and beautiful castles in the world, the Neuschwanstein was the main inspiration for the castles of Sleeping Beauty, situated in the parks of Disneyland. The castle was built on the orders of King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat house, but during its completion in 1886, the king was declared insane by the state, and was found dead a few days later. Since then, this site has become an ultimate tourist destination in the southwest of Bavaria. Also, it is one of the most photographed manors in Germany. So, go clicking!
- Château Chambord, France
One of the exemplary structures of France’s Renaissance architecture, Château Chambord was built in the 16th century, and stood in all its glory since then, undamaged, unchanged. Much like Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, this castle too was an inspiration for the castle of the Beast in Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”.
- Bran Castle, Romania
Commonly known as the “Dracula’s Castle”, the Bran Castle in Romania was first used as a shelter house in 1378, against the Ottoman Empire. Later, it became the customs post on the mountain pass between Wallachia and Transylvania. VladTepes, the known historical figure, spent two days locked in the dungeons, while outside, the Ottomans controlled Transylvania.
- Osaka Castle, Japan
The Osaka Castle is one of the most well known landmarks in Japan, and stands atop a rock since the 16th century. To protect it from enemies back in those days, the castle was built in such a way that it overlooks a moat, for a better vigilance and view.
- Alcazar of Segovia, Spain
What started off as a fortress of the Kings of Castile, later turned into a royal palace, followed by changing form into a state prison, and then a royal college of artillery. That’s not all. Today, the Alcazar of Segovia in Spain is a museum, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations and an important monument of Spain.
While you hold your jaw in place just after reading through this list, there is a lot more out there that you need to explore. Well, it doesn’t need much of exploration, since these castles are an epitome of grace and valour, and are important landmarks of the cities they are situated in. So start ticking them off your list, now!