Still medieval architects were geniuses - they built castles, luxurious facilities that were more and extremely practical. Locks, unlike modern mansions, not only demonstrated the wealth of their owners, but also serves as a powerful fortress, which could keep the defense for several years, while the life they did not stop.
Even the fact that many castles, survived the war, disaster strikes and the prosperity of the home, still standing intact, says that the safe houses have not yet invented. And they are incredibly beautiful and if appeared in our world, from the pages of fairy tales and legends. Their tall spiers reminiscent of the time when fighting for the heart of the beautiful and the air was saturated with chivalry and courage.
Reichsburg Castle, Germany
Millennial castle was originally the residence of the king of Germany Conrad III, and then King of France Louis XIV. The fortress was burned by the French in 1689 and sunk to a fly, but the German businessman bought her remains in 1868 and spent much of his wealth to rebuild the castle.
Mont Saint-Michel, France
Impregnable castle of Mont-Saint-Michel, on all sides surrounded by the sea, - one of the most popular attractions in France after Paris. Built in the year 709, he still looks stunning.
Hochosterwitz Castle, Austria
Medieval Castle Hochosterwitz built back in the IX century. Its towers and now vigilantly watching the surrounding area, proudly towering over her at an altitude of 160 m. In sunny weather you can admire them even at a distance of 30 km.
Bled Castle, Slovenia
The castle is located on a hundred-meter cliff threateningly overhanging the lake Bled. In addition to the luxurious type of views from the castle, this place has a rich history - here was the residence of a royal dynasty, Serbian, and later Marshal Josip Broz Tito.
Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
This castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern height of 2800 meters above sea level. In its heyday, the castle, the fortress was regarded as the seat of the Prussian emperors.
Castle Barcience, Spain
Castle Barcience in the Spanish province of Toledo was built in the XV century local graph. For 100 years the castle served as a powerful artillery fortress, and today these empty walls attract except photographers and tourists.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Romantic castle of the Bavarian King Ludwig II built in the middle of the XIX century and at the time it was considered rather extravagant architecture. Whatever it was, it was his walls inspired the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.
Castle of Methoni, Greece
The Venetian castle of Methoni from the XIV century was the center of battles and the last one in these parts outpost of Europeans in the battles against the Turks that dreamed capture Peloponnese. Today, the fortress remained only ruins.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany
This castle was built by the Knights of Schwangau in the XII century and was the residence of many rulers, including the famous King Ludwig II, who took in these walls of the composer Richard Wagner.
Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland
This medieval Bastille c bird's-eye resembles a warship. The rich history and distinctive appearance of the castle served as inspiration for many famous writers. In the XVI century the castle was used as a state prison, as described by George Byron in his poem "The Prisoner of Chillon».
Eilean Donan, Scotland
Castle located on a rocky island in the fjord Loch Duyh - one of the most romantic castles of Scotland, is famous for its heather honey and legends. Here filmed a lot of movies, but most importantly - the castle is open to visitors and anyone can touch the stones of its history.
Bodiam Castle, England
Since its founding in the XIV century Bodiam Castle has experienced many owners, each of whom liked to fight. So when in 1917 it was bought by Lord Curzon, the castle remained only ruins. Fortunately, its walls are quickly restored, and now stands as a brand new lock.
Castle Guaita, San Marino
The castle from the XI century is located on the top of an impregnable mountain of Monte Titano, and together with the other two towers defends the oldest state in the world of San Marino.
Swallow's Nest, Crimea
Initially, the cliff of Cape Ai-Todor was a small wooden hut. And its present form "Swallow's Nest" has received thanks to oil industrialist Baron Steingel who loved to rest in the Crimea. He decided to build a romantic castle that resembles the medieval buildings on the banks of the River Rhine.
Castle Stalker, Scotland
Castle Stalker, which translated means "Falconer", was built in 1320 and belonged to the clan MakDugalov. Since that time, its walls survived the huge amount of strife and wars that affected the state of the lock. In 1965, the owner of the castle became Colonel DR Stewart Ollvarda who own together with his wife, family and friends restored the building.
Bran Castle, Romania
Bran Castle - the pearl of Transylvania, a mysterious museum fort where was born the famous legend of Count Dracula - a vampire killer and voivode Vlad Tepes. According to legend, he spent the night here in the periods of their campaigns, and the forest surrounding the Bran Castle, was a favorite hunting ground Tepes.
Vyborg Castle, Russia
Vyborg Castle was founded by the Swedes in 1293, during one of the Crusades in Karelia. He remained Scandinavian until 1710, when the troops of Peter I threw away the Swedes for a long time. Since that time, the castle had visited a depot and barracks, and even a prison for the Decembrists. And today there is a museum.
Cashel Castle, Ireland
Cashel Castle was the residence of the kings of Ireland for several hundred years before the Norman invasion. Here in the V century BC. e. lived and preached Saint Patrick. Bailey witnessed the bloody suppression of the revolution forces of Oliver Cromwell, who were burned alive here soldiers. Since then, the castle has become a symbol of the brutality of the British, this courage and fortitude of the Irish.
Kilhurn Castle, Scotland
Very beautiful and even a little creepy castle ruins Kilhurn located on the shores of scenic Lake Ave. The history of this castle, unlike most of the castles of Scotland, proceeded quietly enough - there lived numerous graphs, which succeeded each other. In 1769, the building has suffered from a lightning strike, and soon it was finally abandoned, what remains to this day.
Castle Lichtenstein, Germany
Built in the XII century, the castle was destroyed several times. It was finally restored in 1884 and since then the castle became the filming location for many films, including the painting "The Three Musketeers».
20 of the most famous castles that still remains on the ground. They will want to visit and perhaps stay alive.