5 Hauntingly beautiful castles you have to explore in Europe
There are plenty of beautiful castles located across Europe, we’ve selected our top five favourites for you to put on your bucket lists, so get out there and explore!
Chateau De Chambord, France
The Chateau De Chambord was built in 1518 by François I and it reflects the beautiful French renaissance architecture. The castle is home to a whopping 440 rooms along with 335 fireplaces. Even though the castle has been around for almost 500 years the castle has only been inhabited for a grand total of 20 years. The Chateau De Chambord boasts a double helix spiral staircase which was designed by Leonardo di Vinci; the stairs never meet so that the King didn’t have to walk past his servants when he was using the stairs - genius!
Eltz Castle, Germany
This fairy tale castle has been standing for over 850 years and has managed to avoid being affected by war. Amazingly, the castle is still owned by a branch of the same family that built it in the 12th century which was a whopping 33 generations ago!
The Palace of Pena, Portugal
The Palace of Pena is situated in Sintra, at the highest point of the Sintra Hills. It was built in 1854 and reflects the gorgeous Romanticism style architecture which was popular during that time. The castle was originally a monastery, but the monastery became abandoned in 1834 but King Ferdinand II brought the castle in 1838 and began restoring it.
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
Bojnice Castle is another picturesque fairy tale castle as is the most visited castle in central Europe. Built in the 12th century the castle was owned by famous Hungarian families, but is now open to the public. The castle hosts the International Festival of Ghosts and Spooks at the end of April & beginning of May each year.
Predjama Castle, Slovenia
This impressive castle is built in a cave mouth and has been situated up a 123 meter high cliff top in Slovenia for over 800 years. The castle holds a Guinness World Record for being the largest cave castle! As well as holding a world record, you might recognise the Predjama Castle from The Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. The cave is currently inhabited by bats, therefore during their hibernation the castle isn’t open to visitors, but you can visit from May to September.