25 Awesome Castles You Should See

Anyone who has done even a little bit of traveling knows the drill – if the place you are visiting has a castle, taking an overpriced tour that ends with you being ripped off in an overpriced gift shop is a non-negotiable. Don’t worry though, you’re not the first person to be tortured within the confines of those massive walls, and at least nowadays it  involves taking your money rather than your appendages. To spare you the wallet pain, however, our team has scoured the globe in order to bring you 25 awesome castles you should see…on your computer screen.

20

Kolossi Castle

Kolossi Castlewonderworld.ru

A crusader stronghold near the city of Limassol on the island of Cyprus, former inhabitants include Richard the Lionheart and The Knights Templar.

19

Löwenburg Castle

Löwenburg Castleeduyani

Translated as “Lion’s Castle” this was the 18th Century version of Disney World. Constructed to intentionally look like an ancient ruin it was destroyed in the Second World War and ironically became exactly that – a ruin. Since then, however, it has been reconstructed and now is a popular tourist attraction.


18

Malbork Castle

Malbork Castleargophilia.com

Officially a World Heritage site, this Prussian Castle’s name means “Mary’s Castle”. Built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order it has undergone several expansions over the centuries and going purely by area, it is one of the largest in the world.

17

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-MichelWikimedia

Just of the coast of Normandy, on a small island, you with find the Mont Saint-Michel. The interesting thing about this castle is the tides. While at high tide the only way to get to Saint-Michel is to either swim or cross the narrow causeway connecting it to the mainland, at low tide one could theoretically walk across the exposed sand bars. A word to the wise however – the tide comes in quickly and numerous visitors have drowned trying to cross.


16

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castlebesttourism.com

Built shortly after William the Conqueror invaded England about 1,000 years ago, Windsor castle is the longest occupied castle in all of Europe.

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