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Old furniture and portraits of former owners, dark narrow corridors with ghosts and halls in which outstanding historical events have been performed - what else can be hidden behind the fairytale appearance of popular castles? Many ancient castles and palaces have survived in the world, but only a few of them can truly be called 'fabulous'. Some of them are remarkable for their appearance, others are famous for their unusual history of appearance, and still others are so harmonious and attractive that they've inspired the work of famous storytellers. For hundreds of years the world has changed a lot, but people's love for fairy tales and mysterious stories remained the same. If you are also not indifferent to beautiful legends and like walking around unusual places, be sure to visit at least one of the most fabulous castles of the planet and unravel all its secrets.

Lowenburg Castle, Germany

On the territory of the extensive park zone Wilhelmshöhe, in one of the most picturesque districts of Kassel is the beautiful castle Löwenburg. The construction of the castle was in 1793 by order of Landgrave Wilhelm IX. And lasted eight years. The castle was designed by the royal architect Heinrich Christoph Jussow. He traveled through England for several years, learning the most beautiful medieval castles in the country. It was decided to build the wonderful Löwenburg Castle in rare and new for Germany architectural style 'romantic ruin'.

Lowenburg Castle, Germany For more than two centuries, many architects have considered Schloss Löwenburg to be one of the best examples of this 'romantic' architectural style in the world. The people who are not so familiar with the details of architecture compare Löwenburg with the world-famous fairy-tale castle of Disneyland. The excursion through the castle is incredibly exciting. On his territory there is a large armory, as well as a tiny chapel, where the tomb of William IX. Is located.

The castle lies on the summit of the Bavaria mountain, whose height is 92 meters. That is why the excellent panorama of Kassel and the city surroundings opens up from the terraces and viewing platforms surrounding the castle. The castle is located in the incredibly beautiful landscape garden with a lot of the original compositions. In the year 1801, the first garden was built after the completion of the construction work around the castle, which was just as much exaggerated. Next - Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany Not far from the German town of Füssen is the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle, the history of which is also incredibly interesting. The wonderfully beautiful castle was constructed from the command of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the hard-to-reach mountainous region. The construction of the castle began in 1869. This complicated area was chosen for the location of the castle so that the project was realized by the best architects and construction workers in Germany only after twenty years. It was not until 1891 that the castle was finished. Complete article

Hunyad Castle, Romania

Hunyad Castle, Romania Romania is one of the top runners after the number of beautiful old castles and castles, among which Hunyad Castle must be mentioned. This Gothic castle is located in the town of Hunedoara. Its founder was the outstanding military leader Siebenbürgen and the regent of Hungary's Yanku de Hunedoara. The construction of the castle began in 1441 and lasted 15 years. It is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Romania. Complete article

Palacio Nacional da Pena, Portugal

Palacio Nacional da Pena, Portugal In Portugal, not far from the Sintra city, is the unique architectural monument of the world - the oldest palace in the world, built in the Romanesque style - the National Pena Palace (Palacio Nacional da Pena). The history of the beautiful palace is rich in the striking events. It was built in the 15th century and was converted into the monastery a few years later. In 1755 the construction was almost completely destroyed by the strong earthquake. The palace was only restored in 1838. Complete article

Egeskov Slot, Denmark

Egeskov Slot, Denmark Amongst the fairy-tale and most famous castles in Europe you have to mention the Danish town of the same name. This castle was built in the 16th century and is surrounded by the deep moat. Its territory can only be traced to the only drawbridge. After the foundation was built the incredibly beautiful garden around the medieval castle. Like many years ago, you can see the wonderful peacocks and hear the song of songbirds hidden in lush tree tops. Complete article

Castelul Peles, Romania

Castelul Peles, Romania The main peculiarity of Peles Castle, which is located in the Carpathian Mountains, is its fabulous exterior design. The construction of the castle began in 1873. The specialists from various countries were involved in the construction of the castle. According to the historical data, the best bricklayers from Italy were called upon. The construction of the terraces surrounding the castle was entrusted to the Romanians. The best carpenters were invited from Germany and Hungary, and the workers from Turkey have burned bricks. The gypsies have worked as help workers. Complete article

Dar Al-Hajar, Yemen

Dar Al-Hajar, Yemen In Yemen, not far from the capital of the state, is the wonderful Palace Dar Al-Hajar, which recalls the beautiful palaces that can be seen in oriental fairy tales. The castle was built on the high rock and looks so harmonious that at first sight one can hardly see where the rock ends and the building begins. For the locals, Dar Al-Hajar is one of the national landmarks. The picture of the wonderful palace can be seen on banknotes, water bottles and popular souvenirs. Complete article

Sanssouci Palace, Germany

Sanssouci Palace, Germany Many tourists are familiar with the Potsdam park complex of Sanssouci under the unofficial names 'Potsdamer Versailles'. The castle complex, erected as a summer castle for Frederick the Great, looks really grand and irresistible. It enchants with the size, the unique design of the adjacent territory. The wonders of the Sanssouci palace park complex is one of the most magnificent not only in East Germany, but also in the whole world. Complete article

Kelburn Castle, Scotland

Kelburn Castle, Scotland The Kelburn Castle, located in Scotland, in the surroundings of the town of Glasgows, is truly fabulous. The castle, built in the 13th century, has been reconstructed many times over the course of a long history, and hardly rose among the other old Scottish castles until 2007. The last reconstruction was carried out in 2007. The facade of the old building should be renovated, but there was no money for it. Complete article

Palace in Kolomenskoe, Russia

Palace in Kolomenskoe, Russia Kolomensky Palace recalls the classical palaces from the old Russian fairy tale. It was built in the 17th century by order of Czar Alexei Mikhaylovich. The wonderful wooden palace with emerald green domes and towers became an ornament of the tiny Kolomenskoe village. The beautiful palace existed only a few decades ago and began to decay gradually. Later, there was nothing on the site of the once majestic building. Complete article

Chateau d Usse, France

Chateau d Usse, France Among the beautiful castles, which are situated in the valley of the Loire river, one must first mention the Ussé castle. The exterior of the castle is unique. Today it is unknown to the historians how the first building, erected in the 15th century, looked exactly. Over a period of more than 500 years the castle had more than ten owners, and each of them wanted to rebuild the castle to their own taste. Despite the numerous reconstructions, the castle has received an extensive collection of furniture. In his large gallery the huge collection of the Flemish tapestries and the old weapons is presented. Complete article

Swallow Nest, Russia

Swallow Nest, Russia The castle with the romantic name 'Schwalbennest' is located in one of the most picturesque districts of Crimea, not far from Gaspra town. One of the main characteristics of the castle is its location. Swallow's Nest was built on the summit of Avrorina Mountain, whose height above the sea forms 40 meters. The first wooden castle on this site was built at the end of the 19th century, after the close of the Russian-Turkish war. Complete article

Borromeo Palace, Italy

Borromeo Palace, Italy On the Italian island of Isola-Bella is the beautiful Palace Borromeo, whose design is uniquely beautiful and impressive. The beautiful baroque palace, built in the 16th century, is located on the almost entire territory of the tiny island and forms a unified complex with the incredibly beautiful park zone. The palace was ordered by King Charles III. Who gave the chic building on the tiny uninhabited island of his wife Izabelle. Complete article

Le Palais Ideal, France

Le Palais Ideal, France In the French town of Hauterives is Palais idéal (the ideal palace) - a wonderful architectural monument with a unique history. Its founder was the ordinary village secretary Ferdinand Cheval, who began to realize his longing dream to build the beautiful palace, in 1879. The realization of the dream has lasted more than thirty years. The palace was finished in 1912 and surprised the guests of the tiny town with its impressive exterior design for more than a century. Complete article

Hawa Mahal, India

Hawa Mahal, India In India there are also the wonderful fairy palaces, which are worth seeing for the curious tourists. One of them is located in Jaipur. The beautiful palace of the winds is all pride and an important landmark of the modern city. The five-storey building is located in the city center. The construction of the palace lasted five years and ended 1803. The pink sandstone served as the main building material for the construction of the palace, which is why the building looks so impressive. Complete article
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