Best castles in Europe

When travelling around Europe, you will find beautiful castles scattered around the countryside throughout. If you are looking to visit only the best castles in Europe though, let's look at some of the must see ones to visit.

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The Bavarian Alps are home to the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle. Built in the 1800s, this castle opened to the public only 7 weeks after King Ludwig II died in 1886, after he paid for the building out of his own pocket and through borrowing. To really appreciate this structure, make sure to read up on the full history and all the work that has gone into it.

Peles Castle in Sinaia Romania stands out in the Carpathian Mountains. This castle is similar to Neuschwanstein in that they are both Neo-Renaissance style. This was built in the late 19th-early 20th century and is made from wood, stone, brick and marble. While there are 160 rooms in the castle, only 35 are open to the public to view. If you have time, stroll down to the King's 42 room residence which is nearby.

The gothic and mudejar style Castle of Coco in the Segovia province in Spain was built in the 15th century. It is made up of brick and is surrounded by a double wall fortress. In 1931 it was declared a National Historic Site and since 1954 it has been used as a school of forestry as well as being a major tourist attraction.

Malbork Castle, Poland is a medieval Gothic brick castle, also known as Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork. This is the largest castle in the world by surface area covering 52 acres. It is made up of three separate castles, namely the high, middle and lower. While it was completed in 1406, it was later restored in the 19th and early 20th century and then again after the Second World War.

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