Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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Located in Bavaria near the town of Füssen, Germany, this is one of the most well-known neo-Gothic castles in the world. It was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, the “Swan King”, in 1869. There is and ironic history about this castle, since he built it in order to be isolated and just 6 weeks after his death it was opened to the public.  It is the most photographed building in Germany and one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe.

Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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It is an architectural ensemble constructed on the IX century (More than 1000 years ago!). It was the residence of Bohemian Kings, Holy Roman Empire’s emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic. In spite of the attempts to take it or set it on fire, the castle is still one of the most emblematic, historical and cultural castles in the world.

Château de Chambord, France

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Is one of the most famous castles in the world due to its distinctive French Renaissance Architecture, combining traditional medieval shapes with classic Italian structures.

It was built as a hunting lodge for King François I, who maintained his royal residences in the castle of Blois and in the castle of Amboise, but it ended up being the largest of the Loire Castles. In 1981, it was declared Patrimony of the Humanity by Unesco.

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

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Frederksborg Castle, by Christen Købke, 1835

Frederiksborg Castle is the largest Renaissance Castle in Scandinavia. The castle was built by King Christian IV in the early decades of the 17th century. The castle incorporates the best of renaissance architecture and craftsmanship. Since 1878, Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History housing accordingly 500 years of Danish history illustrated by portraits, history paintings, furniture and decorative art.

Osaka Castle, Japan

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It was built in 1582 by Hideyoshi Toyomi, who wanted to show off all his power and fortune.  Even though the castle is just around one square kilometre, it is eight floors height. The castle, as an emblem of Toyota’s wealth has several decorations made in gold, he ordered to apply gold on furniture, weapons, armor, and even to the exterior of the Castle.

Castle Howard, England

 Castle Howard

It is actually a mansion located in Yorkshire. It is one of the best country residences of the British aristocracy not only for it’s marvelous architecture but also for it’s rich artistic content, which includes Cannaleto, Annibale Carracci, Thomas Gainsborough and Johann Zoffany pieces.

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

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This was the residence of the Butler family, formerly called FitzWalter. The castle was sold to a committee for £ 50, soon after passing into the hands of the State; it was open to the public. It has a part of the National Art Gallery on it. This castle is one of the most visited places by tourists in Ireland.

Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria

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The first fort was built between 1075 and 1078 during the imperial investiture controversy as an order of Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg as a strategic bulwark. Gebhard was an ally of Pope Gregory VII and opponent to King Rudolf of Rheinfelden. This Castle is home to a lot of history and culture of Austria.

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