Bazumi has compiled a list of amazing castles around the world that you must see :)
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Location: Edinburgh Scotland
Location: Surry VA United States
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Location: Wierschem Rhineland-Palatinate Germany
Info: Eltz Castle is a medieval castle. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. The public is admitted seasonally, from April to October. Visitors can view the treasury, with gold, silver and porcelain artifacts and the armory of weapons and suits of armor.
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Location: Houyet Namur Belgium
Info: Château Miranda (English: Miranda Castle) is a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle. The Château was built in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. However, Milner died before the Château was finished. Construction was completed in 1907 after the clock tower was erected. Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II.
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Location: Segovia Spain
Info: The Alcázar of Segovia is a castle, located in Segovia, Spain, a World Heritage Site. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of two rivers near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. It is currently used as a museum and a military archives building.
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Location: Schwangau Bavaria Germany
Info: Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape and serves as the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.
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Location: York England
Info: Castle Howard, one of the Treasure Houses of England and Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate. It has been the Howard family residence for over 300 years, and was designed in the 18th-century by Sir John Vanbrugh. Set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, near York, North Yorkshire, it offers a great family day out in Yorkshire.
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Location: Schwangau Bavaria Germany
Info: Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It is located in the German village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in southwestern Bavaria, Germany, very close to the border with Austria.
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Location: Wareham England
Info: Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built at least partly using stone when the majority were built with earth and timber. Corfe Castle underwent major structural changes in the 12th and 13th centuries. In March 1645 Corfe Castle was demolished on Parliament's orders. Owned by the National Trust, the castle is open to the public and in 2010 received around 190,000 visitors. It is protected as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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Location: Malbork Poland
Info: The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork located in the Polish town of Malbork, is the largest castle in the world measured by land area. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress and, on its completion in 1406, was the world's largest brick castle. UNESCO designated the "Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork" and the Malbork Castle Museum a World Heritage Site in December 1997.
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Location: Chambord Centre-Val de Loire France
Info: The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francis I of France.
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Location: Chuo Ward Osaka Japan
Info: Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
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Location: Kilkenny Leinster Ireland
Info: Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defenses of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.
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Location: Sinaia Romania
Info: Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I.
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Location: Moritzburg Saxony Germany
Info: Moritzburg Castle or Moritzburg Palace is a Baroque palace in Moritzburg, in the German state of Saxony, about 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) northwest of the Saxon capital, Dresden. The castle has four round towers and lies on a symmetrical artificial island. It is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, who had a hunting lodge built there between 1542 and 1546. The surrounding woodlands and lakes have been a favorite hunting area of the electors and kings of Saxony.
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Location: Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Germany
Info: The original Cochem Castle, perched prominently on a hill 300 feet above the Moselle River, served to collect tolls from passing ships. Modern research dates its origins to around 1100.
Before its destruction by the French in 1689, the castle had a long and fascinating history. It changed hands numerous times and, like most castles also changed its form over the centuries. It was even in hock twice to pay off royal debts!
The castle remained a colorful stone ruin for 180 years until wealthy Berlin businessman Louis Ravenï¿½ decided to buy the ruins and rebuild the castle in 1868. But he was not interested in restoring it to its original Romanesque style and condition. He had his architects create a neo-Gothic castle that could serve as a summer residence for his family.
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Location: Coca Segovia Spain
Info: Coca Castle, locally known as Castillo de Coca, lies in flat and wooded lands in the little-walled town of Coca, in the Segovia province in Spain.
Coca Castle was built in the 15th century by Alonso de Fonseca; during the reign of King Enrique IV of Castile. It's made up of two square baileys separated by a passageway. The double walls are 2.5 m thick and it's circled by a deep dry moat. It is considered to be the highest example of brick military architecture with Mudejar filigree work. Mudejar is the architectural style of Islamic craftsmen living under Christian reign.
The castle is owned by the Alva family and now serves as a training center for foresters. Their school is situated in the inner bailey.
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Location: Anaheim CA United States
Info: Sleeping Beauty Castle is a fairy tale castle at the center of Disneyland. It is based on the late-19th century Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.
Opened July 17, 1955, the castle is the oldest of all Disney castles.
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Location: Helsingor Denmark
Info: Kronborg is a castle and stronghold in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. Immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list (2000).
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Location: Alnwick England
Info: Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and remodeled a number of times. It is a Grade I listed building and as of 2012 received over 800,000 visitors per year.
Alnwick Castle most recently featured as Rouen in the BBC's series of Shakespeare adaptations The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses, as well as starring as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey's 2015 Christmas special. Having already featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films, as well as appearing in Elizabeth and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among others, the castle is no stranger to film crews!
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Location: Newbury England
Info: Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
Highclere Castle was a filming location for the British comedy series Jeeves and Wooster, which starred comedians, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. It was also used as the main filming location for the award-winning period drama Downton Abbey. The great hall and some of the bedrooms located inside the building were also used for filming.
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Location: Versailles Ã®le-de-France France
Info: The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France.
When the château was built, Versailles was a small village dating from the 11th century; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the center of the French capital. Versailles was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789, within three months after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is, therefore, famous not only as a building but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.
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Location: Prague Czech Republic
Info: Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century. It is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, occupying an area of almost 70,000 square meters (750,000 square feet). The castle is among the most visited tourist attractions in Prague attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually.
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Location: Connemara Connacht Ireland
Info: Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.
Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London whose family was involved in textile manufacturing in Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland when he and his wife Margaret purchased the land around the Abbey.
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Location: Launsdorf Austria
Info: Hochosterwitz Castle is considered to be one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. It is on a 172-metre (564 ft) high Dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Längsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia. The rock castle is one of the state's landmarks and a major tourist attraction.
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Location: Veytaux Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut Switzerland
Info: In its current state, the Castle of Chillon is the result of several centuries of constant building, adaptations, renovations and restorations.
Excavations carried out from the end of the 19th century, in particular by the archeologist Albert Naef (1862-1936), affirm that this site has been occupied since the Bronze Age.
The rocky island on which the castle is built, was both a natural protection and a strategic location to control the passage between northern and southern Europe.
Today, Chillon is currently open to the public for visits and tours. Chillon is listed as "Switzerland's most visited historic monument".
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Location: Windsor England
Info: Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.
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Location: Marburg Hesse Germany
Info: The Marburger Schloss (Marburg castle), is a castle in Marburg, Hesse, Germany. Built in the 11th century as a fort, it became the first residence of Landgraviate of Hesse (HRE). Marburg Colloquy had been held here in 1529.
The building is today used partly as a museum and as an event site.
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Location: Ballater Scotland
Info: Balmoral Castle has been one of the residences for members of the British Royal Family since 1852 when the estate and its original castle were purchased privately by Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria. They remain the private property of the royal family and are not the property of the Crown. The castle is an example of Scots Baronial architecture and is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building.
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Location: Conwy Wales
Info: Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. It withstood the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn in the winter of 1294–95, acted as a temporary haven for Richard II in 1399 and was held for several months by forces loyal to Owain Glyndŵr in 1401. UNESCO considers Conwy to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th-century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as a World Heritage site.
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Location: Schwerin Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany
Info: For centuries the Schwerin Castle was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Today it serves as the residence of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament. The castle is regarded as one of the most important works of romantic Historicism in Europe and is designated to become a World Heritage Site.
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Location: Ljubljana Slovenia
Info: Ljubljana Castle is a castle complex standing on Castle Hill. It is a key element of the Ljubljana skyline. The Ljubljana Castle was since the early 19th century used as a penitentiary, then in the first half of the 20th century as a residential complex and in the latest times as a tourist attraction and a major cultural venue.
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Location: Javier Navarra Spain
Info: The Castle of Xavier is located on a hill in the town of Javier. Built in the 10th century, this castle was the birthplace and childhood home of Saint Francis Xavier, son of the Lords of Xavier, hence his surname. The town of Javier belonged to to the Kingdom of Navarre which was always its own kingdom
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Location: Nagoya Aichi Japan
Location: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Provence-Alpes-Cote d´Azur France
Location: Mikulov South Moravia Czech Republic
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Location: Burnet TX United States
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