Europe is said to be home to the vast majority of authentic castles in the world and is considered the birthplace of castles. European Castles have such a rich historical significance that they define the heritage of certain nations. They have also been giving inspirations to fairytales. There are tons of castles as well as many palaces that you can visit in Europe.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle was only opened to the public after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886. Just like Elsa, the king built and stayed in the castle to keep away from public life. This has drawn many people to the castle to see the king’s private refuge and it has since been receiving around 6000 visitors daily making a total average of 1.4 million visitors a year. Built with Romanesque Revival architecture style, the castle is located in southwest Bavaria, Germany and opens daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Neuschwanstein Castle

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Castel Sant’Angelo

Opens daily from 9 AM to 7.30 PM, Castel Sant’Angelo is now known as Mausoleum of Hadrian. Hadrian began building it as a mausoleum for him and his family. In the early middle ages, the enormous circular structure is surrounded with ramparts, making it the citadel of Rome. The castle was said to follow the shape of Hadrian’s mausoleum, the design of which remains unknown up to this date. There are some features that have been preserved from the time Hadrian built the castle such as the curtain walls of the inner ward, the round tower, the central tower base and so much more. Spending time in this palace will definitely give you the feeling of royalty.

Edinburgh Castle

A visit to Scotland would be incomplete without spending some time seeing the historic fortress, Edinburgh Castle that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh city from its position on the Castle Rock. The castle opens to visitors daily and you can start your visit from as early as 9.30 AM and the last entry would be at 4 PM as it closes at 5 PM. Historic Scotland that is responsible for conserving and operating the castle as a tourist attraction still maintains various facilities within the castle, earning them more than a million visitors a year, making the castle the most popular paid visitor attraction.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Now let’s head to the castle of the largest floor area. Built on a 1 450 000 sq ft land in Madrid, the Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. However, the palace is only used for state ceremonies as the Royal Family chose to reside in a more modest palace, Zarzuela Palace. The most incredible thing about this palace is that it has 3418 rooms. You can visit the palace every day from 10 AM to 8 PM and you are to be charged €11 upon admission.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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