Incredible Castles

One of my faves is Corvin Castle (Hunedoara) Castle in Transylvania - Romania. One reason is when i visited around 10 years ago no one was there and i was able to roam around the castle with no people in sight.

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Tough choice, where I’m from we have more castles than we have Starbucks which would disappoint Daenerys. Have to give a shout out to the castles of Edward I, four incredible castles all within an hour of each other and considered the finest examples of medieval architecture

Harlech

Conwy
Caernarfon

Beaumaris

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Its not my favourite castle of all time , but I’m quite fond of it as its my local castle and is about 15 minutes walk from where I live

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All great choices. Been to Pena in Portugal and to many castles in England, Scotland, and France. All fascinating. All different.

I realize this may not count as a castle in the strict sense, so apologies beforehand, but my favorite and one of the most out of the way “pile of rocks” I have had the chance to visit is “The Great Zimbabwe”.

The so called “Great Enclosure” is very interesting but it’s the hill complex beside it that is the most fascinating. It’s certainly not a castle in the strict sense of carefully piling worked stone on worked stone. It’s more like they moved and rearranged, with some working of the stone, the jumble of rocks on top of the hill into effectively a “castle” with rooms and courtyards, etc. It’s very organic. Very Frank Lloyd Wright in that way since it seems to grow out of the hilltop.

If I had to pick one in Scotland it would be Castle Urquhart on the shore of Loch Ness.

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This thread has me on a google binge! So cool! I’ll share tiny Henderson Castle in tiny Kalamazoo MI. It’s not a castle in the sense that it was a military stronghold and it’s not sprawling or grand in the traditional sense. What I love about it is that it was lovingly built for Mr. Henderson’s wife and that it has become a beautiful and quirky part of the community. They’ve partnered with us for some events and host things like haunted dinners and illusionist shows. Very fun.

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My favorite (only found because we were looking at AO during our trip) is Hammond Castle just a short trip east from Boston and Salem and dramatically overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Though created from buildings shipped across the ocean it really was combined with excellent execution IMO.

OMG! No one has posted Castle Gwyn outside of Nashville?! I will have to remedy this very soon! image
Story of Castle Gwynn is a Labor of Love

I’m looking forward to seeing some of the above castles next month touring the North Coast 500 leaving north out of Glasgow. Dunrobin is on our way back around. Thanks for mentioning Craigmillar, Linlithgow and Urguhart if time allows we will try to visit those. Eilean Donan on the little island looks promising :slight_smile:

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Poland is full of castles, and one can canoe or cycle along the Trail of the Eagles’ Nest. Some of the castles are ruins, but some offer reasonable hotel and hostle rates. poland.Trail of the Eagles’ Nests.
My favorite one is Zamek Korzkiew, just outside of Krakow. https://donimirski.com/zamek-korzkiew/en/home_en/

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By the way the view out from round stairwells in Portugal’s Pena National Palace on the other side of the palace pictured above.

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Not sure what my favourite castle would be but this is the courtyard of the one I have probably visited the most.
Sønderborg Slot (castle) in Sønderjylland (Southern Jutland ) on the Island of Als.

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We’ve got quite a few castles in Germany,
but I think, the most beautiful is Peles Castle, Romania.

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Well, Lichtenstein is not bad…

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newest item on my bucket list: canoe the polish castle trail :smiley:

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One of the top three highlights of my month long trip to Japan last year was visiting Himeji Castle, which is also actually the first castle I’ve really ever been to. It is absolutely stunning with its bright white exterior; and it’s incredible how much it has survived, including earthquakes and even being bombed in World War 2 – a bomb was even dropped right on top of the castle but failed to go off! When I made plans to visit, I knew the castle would be gorgeous, but I didn’t expect how fun it would be to be able to explore inside the castle walls. As someone who isn’t very well versed in castle related stuff, I found it fascinating.
I would love to go again in cherry blossom season…



Plus the castle has an adorable mascot, Shiromaru-hime, who is plastered all over the city. I love her.

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Lichtenstein ist not very impressive because it’s so small, but it’s a really cute neogothic reimagining of a medieval castle and it’s the perfect movie setting

I’ve been there. It’s awesome. And years of Disney-conditioning made me feel like I was crossing over into the real deal. The interior decoration is way more Byzantine than you might expect. No picture taking inside, however. So I’ve got nothing to share.

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Sammezzano Castle is easily on my bucket list. Closed now. But still up for sale if anyone has a few million lying around.

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This is one of my favorites too. I went last year and there wasn’t much tourism as it is off the classical transivanian route wich includes Pelles and Bran castles.

This is super cool! Thanks for sharing it.

You’re absolutelly right, Tomar is really beautiful!

Good call! I enjoyed Carcassone even in high season. There are several castle ruins in the area, one can rent a bike and go to several of them using Carcassone as a base. It is also really nice to cycle along the Canal du Medi too.