photo – A. Roucher
One of the more famous castles in the world, when this chateau was constructed in Versailles it was only a tiny village. Today, however, it has become a Parisian suburb and the Chateau de Versailles has become one of the most visited castles in Europe.
photo – wikimedia
Located high in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, this fairy-tale-esque castle was considered very modern for its time. Begun in 1869 it was equipped with running water, flushing toilets, and a heating system. Neuschwanstein was also the inspiration for the Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
photo – wikimedia
Often considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world, the hill it is constructed on has actually been used for the past 5,000 years and it said that the prophet Abraham even milked his sheep there.
photo – touropia.com
Another oversized medieval fortress this time located in Slovakia, the Spis Castle’s picturesque qualities have led to it being featured in several movies including Dragonheart and The Last Legion.
photo – caretour.cn
High in the Himalayas the Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet. Until the 14th Century it was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. Only slightly damaged during the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959, it has been for the most part amazingly well preserved.
photo – nationalgeographic.com
Located in the city of Jodhpur this is one of the largest forts in India. Situated 400 feet above the surrounding city you can still see imprints in its walls where invading armies had pounded it with cannonballs.
photo – liber
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is largest ancient castle in the world. Everyone from Holy Roman Emperors to Bohemian Kings to modern-day presidents have held office there.
photo – burg-burghausen.de
Found in the town of Burghausen, Bavaria this is one of the longest castles in the world at 1,043 meters.
photo – travelingboard.net
Situated deep within Transylvania, the Hunyad Castle is supposedly the place where Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula) was kept for 7 years following his deposition.
photo – Peter Guttman
One of the most popular attractions in Crimea, this compact castle hangs over the edge of a cliff on the southern coastline of the Ukraine.