I really find fascinating when I see a Castle in countries, it reminds you on the past and how people lived in 13th- 14th century. There are so many beautiful Castels around the world it just takes your breath away. I’m going to write you about castels in Europe for now. Here are few that I find fascinating.
1. Golubac, Serbia
Golubac castle is the third famous castle in Serbia after Kalemegdan in Belgrade and Petrovaradin Fortress where the famous “EXIT” festival is every year.
Golubac castle was built in the 14th century and it houses ten towers that had as main role protecting three internal compounds. Over the course of time, the fortress was the scene of many wars, especially of those carried between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary. Later on, it was ruled by Turks, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Serbs and Austrians. Only in 1867, the Golubac fortress returned to the Serbians. The fortress was restored in 2005 and is now waiting for visitors from all over the world to find out its story. The town of Golubac revolves around two main attractions: a beautiful medieval castle and the strong winds. While Golubac fortress is often visited by tourists curious to admire one of the best preserved fortifications in Serbia, the strong winds attract those who love sailing.
2. The Alcazar, Segovia Spain
The Alcázar of Segovia, located 53 miles northwest of Madrid, was originally built as a fortress on a hillside between two rivers, but also served as a royal palace, a state prison, and a military academy. Though the true age of the castle is unknown, the earliest documentation of the Alcázar dates back to the early 12th century. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the “Tower of Juan,” where they can take in breathtaking views of the community below.
The Alcázar of Segovia was one of the favorite residences of the monarchs of Castile in the Middle Ages, and a key fortress in the defence of the kingdom. It was during this period that most of the current building was constructed by the Trastámara dynasty. This beautiful castle looks like in fairy tale.
3. Gripsholm Castle, Sweden
Gripsholm Castle, which sits on the banks of Lake Mälaren, was built in 1537 and maintains all of its old world charm and royal luxury. Visitors of the castle are invited to take a leisurely stroll through the castle grounds, visit the castle’s theater within one of the round towers built in 1780 by King Gustav III, or meet the royal deer at the Hjorthagen nature reserve. In 1822, the building came to host the National Portrait Gallery (Sweden), which was placed under the supervision of the Nationalmuseum in the 1860s. Between 1889 and 1894, the castle underwent a heavy and controversial restoration by the architect Fredrik Lilljekvist during which many of the 17th and 18th-century alterations were removed. The largest change was the addition of a third floor; the planned demolition of a wing did not take place. Now the castle is a museum which is open to the public, containing paintings and works of art. Part of the castle houses the National Portrait Gallery (Statens porträttsamlingar), one of the oldest portrait collections in the world. The museum includes a badly-stuffed lion which has become infamous in recent years.
4. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Like many fortresses, Neuschwanstein Castle was built on rugged terrain as a safe retreat. The picturesque Bavarian white castle was meant to be the personal home of Ludwig II of Bavaria but was opened to the public immediately after his death in the late 1800s. The home, however, is not fairing as well as others. The harsh area climate has had a detrimental effect on the limestone facades, which will be renovated section by section over the next few years. The interior, however, remains as charming as ever, adorned with white swans denoting the Christian symbol of the “purity,” which Ludwig allegedly strived to be. Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 millionpeople visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.
5. In love with the Wind Castle, Bulgaria
It is an amazing attraction located 2 km from Sozopol, Bulgaria. It is the childhood dream of his owner- a fairy-tale castle built of greenery with a huge garden, a lake with swans and a lot of beauty in exquisite details. The building started in 1996 and used 20,000 tons of stones – manually taken out of StrandjaMountain, aged about 65 million years. According to the researches of geologists these rocks contain traces of micro diamonds and probably for this reason the castle changes its color – morning with a tinge of pink, white during the day, when the moon is full it shines. The castle provides unique memories, and an excellent photo opportunity, especially if you come in the summer. In the summer the walls and towers are covered in lush green ivy mantle and the flowers in the garden are in full bloom. There are no guided tours so visitors are free to wander about on their own. The garden is huge. Take your time, stroll along the beautifully landscaped alleys. You can listen to the sounds of parrots talking, peacocks screaming and the water splash in ponds and basins.
6. Chenonceau Castle, France
Chenonceau Castle near the small village of Chenonceaux, France spans the River Cher and was built sometime around the 11th century. The mix of late Gothic and early Renaissancearchitecture gives the castle a unique look. The castle made it through both World Wars, acting as a hospital ward in the first and survived a bombing by the Germans in June 1940. José-Emilio Terry, a Cuban millionaire, acquired Chenonceau from Madame Pelouze in 1891. Terry sold it in 1896 to a family member, Francisco Terry. In 1913, the château was acquired by Henri Menier, a member of the Menier family, famous for their chocolates, who still own it to this day.
7. Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria
Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria is a stunning structure dating back more than 900 years. The castle will leave many visitors breathless, literally, as it sits more than 2,000 feet above sea level. Alternatively it was used as a state prison and therefore had a somewhat sinister reputation. Its prison walls have witnessed the tragic fate of many ‘criminals’ who spent their days there – maybe their last – under inhumane conditions, and, periodically, various highly ranked noblemen have also been imprisoned there including rulers such as Archbishop Adalbert III, arrested by his own ministeriales in 1198; Count Albert of Friesach (in 1253); the Styrian governor Siegmund von Dietrichstein, captured by insurgent peasants in 1525; and Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau, who died here in 1617 after six years of imprisonment. The fortress is now a museum and offers daily guided tours of its extensive weapons collection, as well as the historical Salzburg Falconry, which has daily flight demonstrations using various birds of prey.
I hope you liked my post and I hope you will visit this beautiful castles soon, make your own fairy-tale by visiting this beautiful places and countries. Till then LIVE, DREAM, EXPLORE.