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The 13 most beautiful castles and palaces in Europe (2021)

They were the home of important princes and kings, their history is long and mysterious. In some of them there may even be a ghost or two. Today they are the destination of numerous short vacation travelers.

The most beautiful Castles and palaces of Europe we have put together for you.

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1. Sanssouci Palace, Germany

According to his own sketches, the Prussian King Friedrich II had a rococo palace built in Potsdam between 1745 and 1747. He was also responsible for the famous terrace gardens that characterize the south side of Sanssouci Palace in such a striking way.

Today you can visit the castle, whose name means “carefree” in German, and walk through the large gardens. There you will find other buildings that you can visit, such as the Orangery Castle, the New Palace or the Neptune Grotto.

Address: Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam

Opening hours: in November and December Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from January to March Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., from April to October from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Entry: Admission costs between 12 and 19 euros, depending on the ticket selected.


2. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Another castle that you can find in Germany and that is without a doubt one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. But tourists from all over the world also flock to Neuschwanstein. Up to 1.5 million visitors come to Bavaria every year.

It was built from 1869 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II. Like Neuschwanstein, he imagined the ideal castle of the Middle Ages. Inside today you can visit the throne room and the regent's modest apartment, among other things.

Our tip: You should definitely book your tickets online in advance, otherwise it can happen that the ticket quota for your desired day is already exhausted and you can no longer get into the castle.

Address: Neuschwansteinstrasse 20, 87645 Schwangau

Opening hours: from March 24 to October 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from October 16 to March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open every day except January 1, December 24, 25 and 31

Entry: Adults pay 13 euros, reduced admission costs 12 euros, children under 18 have free admission


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3. Versailles Palace, France

Versailles Palace near Paris is France's top tourist attraction. The largest palace complex in Europe was the seat of the kings of France from the middle of the 17th century until the outbreak of the French Revolution.

The castle has been used as a museum since the 19th century. In addition to the state rooms of Versailles, you can also see three other pleasure palaces in the park. The incomparable garden with its many gargoyles and fountains is also worth a trip.

Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles

Opening hours: from November 1st to March 31st from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., from April to October Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Entry: Depending on the ticket selected, admission costs between 12 and 27 euros, and some areas of the palace complex are freely accessible


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4. Alhambra, Spain

The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most visited attractions in Europe and should not be missing from this list. The beautiful castle complex is an impressive example of the Moorish architectural style. The entire fortress is about 13 hectares in size. A fortress has stood at the current location since the early Middle Ages. However, it did not get its final appearance until the 13th century.

Filigree works, such as vaults and colonnades decorated with mosaics, can be found in the Alhambra. In addition, artistically designed water basins, gardens and porticoes. The Alhambra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Address: Calle Real de la Alhambra, s / n, 18009 Granada

Opening hours: from April 1 to October 14 daily from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 p.m. to 11.30 p.m., from October 15 to March 31 daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the evenings on Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Clock

Entry: Visitors pay up to 20 euros


5. Chillon Castle, Switzerland

The magnificent Chillon Castle stands on a rock on the east bank of Lake Geneva. The rock was already inhabited in the Bronze Age and the castle, first mentioned in 1005, is one of the oldest moated castles in the world. A total of 25 buildings are grouped around three inner courtyards. These were previously reserved for the individual rulers. For example, the royal couple had their own courtyard.

The castle almost became a stone quarry for railway construction in the 19th century. Fortunately, this could be averted. Today you can visit historic bedrooms with murals from the 14th century and magnificent halls in the castle either as part of a guided tour or on your own. An underground vault awaits you, as well as a stroll through the inner courtyards of the facility. In the exhibitions of the museum you get an insight into the Middle Ages. Right next to the castle you will find a small beach that you can access every day until 9.30 p.m.

Address: Avenue de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux

Opening hours: from April to September from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., in October from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., from November to February from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in March from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entry: Adults pay CHF 12.50, children from 6 to 15 years pay CHF 6, students and senior citizens pay CHF 10.50


6. Palácio Nacional da Pena, Portugal

This colorful palace is located near the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, and thanks to its extraordinary architecture belongs to the list of the most beautiful palaces and castles in Europe. The Palácio Nacional da Pena sits enthroned on the hills of the Serra de Sintra and is surrounded by an impressive castle garden.

The palace was built in 1840 by order of the Portuguese titular king Ferdinand II. Not only its facade in yellow and red tones makes the Palácio Nacional da Pena so worth seeing. The many architectural styles that are mixed here are also unique. Colorful mosaics, arches or battlements and small turrets make the building so worth seeing. A monastery has stood here since 1481, and the palace now stands on its foundation walls. Today the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Address: Estrada da Pena, Sintra 2710-609

Opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entry: Adults pay 11.50 euros, children between 6 and 17 years and seniors over 65 years pay 9 euros


7. Leeds Castle, England

Leeds Castle is advertised on the website as the “most beautiful castle in the world”. And even if this list is only intended to list the most beautiful castles in Europe, it should of course not be missing. In the midst of a beautiful park and garden landscape on a moat, the castle has stood here since 857. The English King Henry VIII was one of the landlords here. Today, tourists from all over the world flock to Kent every year to see Leeds Castle.

In the palace complex a maze awaits you, in which many people have already got lost, an underground grotto and a garden with flowering shrubs. There is also a large children's playground and a birds of prey show.

Address: Maidstone ME17 1PL

Opening hours: from October to March daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from April to September daily from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 a.m.

Entry: Adults pay £ 25, students and seniors pay £ 22, and children between the ages of 4 and 15 pay £ 17


8. Bran Castle, Romania

The legendary Bran Castle in Transylvania is considered the Dracula Castle, which Bram Stoker used as the template for his famous novel about the blood-sucking vampire Count Dracula. Whether the Wallachian prince Vlad III. Drăculea, which Stoker served as a historical model, has ever entered the castle is unsecured. Nevertheless, it is marketed as the home of Count Dracula and is open to the public. In the middle of rolling hills and dense forests, it rises impressively above the landscape.

Inside the castle you will find historical furniture and other furnishings give you an impression of the time when Bran Castle was still the home of a ruler.

The castle was built from 1211, but was repeatedly involved in armed conflicts and further rebuilt.

Address: Str. General Traian Mosoiu, no. 24, bran

Opening hours: From April 1 to September 30, Mondays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from October 1 to March 31, Mondays from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Entry: Adults pay 8.50 euros, senior citizens aged 65 and over pay 6.50 euros, schoolchildren 2 euros and students 5.50 euros


9. Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin

It is the largest and most important palace complex of the Brandenburg electors, the Prussian kings and German emperors in Berlin. Charlottenburg Palace owes its name to its owner, who died at the age of only 36 shortly after completion in 1699. From 11740 Friedrich the Great made Charlottenburg his residence. The castle was badly damaged in the Second World War, but could be renovated again.

Today it is a popular tourist magnet in the German capital. You can visit impressive and faithfully furnished rooms. Large halls and long corridors also impress with the art objects presented there.

The porcelain exhibition of the Royal Porcelain Manufactory, the palace chapel and Friedrich I's bedroom are just a few of the highlights.

Address: Spandauer Damm 10-22

Opening hours: in November and December Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from January to March Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., from April to October Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Entry: Adults pay up to 17 euros, reduced admission costs 13 euros


10. Trakai Castle, Lithuania

The beautiful water castle Trakai can be found in the town of the same name in the southeast of Lithuania, about 30 kilometers from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. It is considered the most photographed and most visited attraction in the Baltic States.

The late medieval castle complex dates from the 14th century and was built by Grand Duke Kęstutis. You reach the castle, which is surrounded by water, via a 300 meter long wooden bridge. You can take a boat trip across the lake. So you get to know the castle from the water side from different perspectives.

Today you can find a historical museum in the castle of Trakai. It tells the story of the place and of course the castle.

Address: Kęstučio g. 4, Trakai 21106

Opening hours: in March, April and October Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from May to September from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from November to February from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry: Adults pay 7 euros, school children, students and seniors pay 3.50 euros


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11. Schönbrunn Palace, Austria

One of the most famous palaces in Europe is probably Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. It is not only the top attraction of the Austrian capital, but also the castle where Empress Sisi and her husband, Franz Joseph I lived at least for a time.

Today you can visit the originally furnished, imperial state rooms in Schönbrunn Palace. This gives you an authentic impression of how stately the Habsburgs once lived here. Huge halls with ornate ceilings, large wall paintings and golden ornaments you roam on your tour of the castle.

Just as impressive as the interior of the palace, which was built in the 17th century, is the palace park, which, together with Schönbrunn Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive park is open all year round from 6.30 a.m. and is freely accessible. Some parts of the garden, such as the Crown Prince Garden, the Orangery Garden, the Maze or the Tiergarten are chargeable.

Address: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Vienna

Opening hours: from April 1 to June 30 from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., from July 1 to August 31 from 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., from September 1 to October 31 from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and from November 1 to March 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry: Adults pay up to 17.50 euros, children from 6 to 18 years up to 11.50 euros, students from 19 to 25 years up to 16.20 euros


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12. Egeskov Castle, Denmark

On the island of Funen you will find this little gem of European palaces and fortresses. Egeskov is a red brick moated castle that was completed in 1554. The castle has been open to the public since 1986. However, it is still privately owned by the descendants of the last castle residents.

Today you will find a castle museum in Egeskov Castle, which extends over 10 rooms and contains many historical furniture, paintings, musical instruments, porcelain and many other objects of art. You will also find an extensive collection of hunting trophies from a former lord of the castle.

Another highlight is the room-sized dolls house "Titanias Palast" with over 3000 pieces. In the outbuildings of the castle you will find other museums, for example one with different models of cars, airplanes and motorcycles.

Address: Egeskov Gade 18, DK-5772 Kværndrup

Opening hours: from April 27 to June 22, daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., from June 23 to August 12, daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from August 13 to August 31, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., from September 1 to September 21 October

Entry: Adults pay up to 220 Danish kroner, children pay up to 130 Danish kroner and children under 4 years of age have free admission


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13. Karlstejn Castle, Czech Republic

Karlstein Castle, as the castle is called in German, was founded in 1348 by Charles IV after he was elected Roman-German King. She lies on a mountain. The individual parts of the castle are at different heights to emphasize their individual meanings. Karlštejn was created as a treasury for the imperial insignia of the Holy Roman Empire and for the extensive collection of relics of Charles IV.

Today you can visit the rooms of the castle. Look behind the up to seven meter thick walls of the treasury or the private bedchamber, as well as the castle chapel. You can only visit the castle with a guided tour.

Address: 267 18 Karlštejn

Opening hours: In the high season the castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday, in the low season only on weekends


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