20 fabulous castles in the world who really do exist! And like a fairy tale ...

Who among us did not want to visit at least once in this castle, where there were fierce battles, history was made, lived kings and even saints. Moreover, each of us probably wanted to have your own castle, it's not only the Disney princesses and wealthy feudal lords should take in life ...

Today marks your desires! Let polzamka in the bargain you're unlikely to get, but great time spent traveling to the best castles and fortresses of the world to you is guaranteed! Can you imagine that in these places inhabited by kings, known movies were filmed, written masterpieces of literature and best music. I was most struck by the castle of Mont-Saint-Michel in France: its tall spiers remind me of a time when beautiful women fought for the hearts, and the air was saturated with chivalry and courage. Would you like to see it: the place of spending the night Dracula or a bed of Louis XIV?

1. "Swallow's Nest", Crimea
Its present form, this attraction has received thanks to Baron Steingel who liked to rest in the Crimea. At one time he decided to build a romantic castle, which resembles the medieval buildings on the banks of the River Rhine. It turned out very nice!




2. Bran Castle, Romania
This pearl of Transylvania, a mysterious museum fort where was born the famous legend of Count Dracula - the vampire-slayer Vlad Tepes. According to legend, he spent the night here in the periods of their campaigns, and the forest surrounding the castle, was a favorite hunting ground of a vampire. Wow, already goosebumps from one type of construction!




3. Vyborg Castle, Russia
This castle was founded by the Swedes and Scandinavian remained until the reign of Peter I. After the great king of the Swedes sent away for a long time, the castle had visited a depot and barracks, and even as a prison for the Decembrists. And today you find him a museum.




4. Castle Stalker, Scotland
Castle, whose name means "Falconer" was built in 1320 and has experienced a great number of wars that affected his condition. In the twentieth century it became the owner of the Stalker, Colonel Stewart, who own together with his wife, family and friends restored the structure. That's the real boss!




5. Kilhurn Castle, Scotland
The history of this castle, unlike most of the castles of Scotland, proceeded quietly enough: there were many graphs that are replaced each other. However, in 1769 the building was damaged by a lightning strike, and soon it was finally abandoned. So the castle remains to this day.




6. Cashel Castle, Ireland
According to legend, it was in this castle lived and preached Saint Patrick. However, the structure grasped not as "holy" times: the castle walls witnessed the bloody suppression of the revolution forces of Oliver Cromwell, who are burned alive by soldiers. Since then, this building - a symbol of the cruelty of the British and Irish real courage.



7. The castle Guaita, San Marino
The castle is located on top of an impregnable Monte Titano, and together with the other two towers protecting one of the smallest states in the world.



8. Bodiam Castle, England
Since its founding Bodiam Castle has experienced many owners, each of whom liked to fight. So when in 1917 it was bought by Lord Curzon, the building remained only ruins. Fortunately, the walls of the castle quickly restored - now it is as good as new and delights all its visitors.



9. Eilean Donan, Scotland
This is one of the most romantic castles of Scotland, which is famous for its heather honey and legends. Say, here he was inspired by Robert Stevenson. Like it or not - is unknown; most importantly - the lock is still open to visitors. Therefore, one can touch it and feel the spirit of the times.



10. Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany
This castle was the seat of the famous King Ludwig II, who took these walls composer Richard Wagner.



11. Chillon Castle, Switzerland
This medieval Bastille reminds warship c bird's-eye view. The rich history and distinctive appearance of the castle served as inspiration for many famous writers. So, George Byron described the structure in his poem "The Prisoner of ChillonĀ».



12. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Another castle of Bavarian King Ludwig II. It was built in the XIX century and at the time this architecture was considered extremely extravagant. By the way, the walls inspired the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland!



13. Castle Methoni, Greece
Venetian castle-fortress was the center of battles, and in these parts the last outpost of the Europeans in the battles against the Turks. Unfortunately, the fortress remained only ruins.



14. Castle barcience, Spain
Castle barcience in the Spanish province of Toledo was built by the local count and for 100 years served as a powerful artillery fortress. Unfortunately, those empty walls draw except that photographers and infrequent travelers.



15. Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
This castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern height of 2800 meters above sea level! For a long time it was the residence of the Prussian emperors.



16. Bled Castle, Slovenia
This castle is built on a hundred-meter cliff threateningly overhanging the lake Bled. In addition to splendid views, views from the castle, this place has a rich history - is the residence of the Serbian royal dynasty.



17. Hochosterwitz Castle, Austria
Medieval Castle Hochosterwitz built back in the IX century. Its towers and now vigilantly monitor the surrounding area, proudly towering over her at an altitude of 160 m. In sunny weather, you can enjoy them even at a distance of 30 km.



18. Mont Saint-Michel, France
Inaccessible castle, surrounded on all sides by the sea, - the second most popular attraction of France after Paris. Although the construction of more than 1300 years old, it still looks stunning and attracts crowds of tourists.



19. Reichsburg Castle, Germany
Millennium castle was originally the residence of the German King Conrad III, and then the King of France Louis XIV. The castle was burned down by the French. The building would be well sunk into oblivion, but a German businessman purchased his remains and spent most of his wealth to the restoration of the castle.



20. Castle Lichtenstein, Germany
During its long history, the castle was destroyed several times. Once it is fully restored, the castle became the place for the shooting of many films, including for the film "The Three MusketeersĀ».



So that's where Disney drew inspiration! You probably would not have guessed that many of these castles exist to this day. Moreover, some of them are even open to tourists. The fact that the locks are still standing intact, says only that the reliability of the home have not yet invented. And they are incredibly beautiful and if descended into our world from the pages of fairy tales and legends.

Tell us about these fabulous places of your friends - I wonder what the castle they enjoy the most.

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