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Did you spend your childhood dreaming of being a Princess? Feast your eyes on these European castles that are straight out of a fairytale.
Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany
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Surrounded by a seemingly enchanted forest and perched on a snowy hilltop, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria looks like it is a screen shot from a Disney Movie. As a matter of fact, the castle inspired Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle.
One of the most modern European castles, Neuschwanstein was built in 1869 as the retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. After his death in 1886, this fairytale wonder was opened to the public. It has received approximately 61 million visits in it’s lifetime.
Despite its relatively young age, its romantic architecture and dreamy location make it a must-visit for any wannabe Princess or architecture guru.
The castle is decorated in a classical Medieval style. The interior was heavily decided by Ludwig II himself who had a keen interest in decorating and architecture.
The designs throughout the castle also pay homage to the German legends of Lohengrin. Alongside this, various scenes from the operas of Richard Wagnar inspired murals and decorative borders.
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The bedroom features two murals depicting the legend of Tristan and Isolde. The two characters are also prominently featured in the rooms wooden carvings and as ceramic tiles on the stove.
The stunning bed is certainly fit for a king and features silk bedding with hand embroidered lions, swans and lilies.
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Chateau De Chambord, France
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Once upon a time, in the Loire Valley, King Francis I built one of the most extravagant hunting lodges in the world. Fast forward 500 years and Chateau de Chambord remains one of the most recognizable castles in Europe.
As a matter of fact, this French wonder even inspired the Beast’s home in the 2017 ‘Beauty and The Beast’ movie.
Chateau de Chambord is a perfect example of French Renaissance architecture and blends traditional French Medieval forms with classic Renaissance elements.
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As the largest castle in France, the Chateau de Chombord features a whopping 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases.
The ground floor consists of reception rooms, the mezzanine level consists of the Royal Houses and the top level is a hunting museum.
The Royal Houses have very lavish interiors, including gilded gold walls, painted murals and chandeliers.
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Balmoral Castle, Scotland
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Scotland may be best known for kilts and haggis, but it’s pretty impressive in the castle scene too!
Balmoral Castle is located in rural Scotland in Aberdeenshire and has acted as residence for the British Royal Family since the mid 1800s. The estate and original castle were purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852 and has since housed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Despite being known as a castle, Balmoral has the architectural structure of a Victorian country house. It features various architectural styles and influences including Scottish Baronial style and 16th Century French Chateaux.
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With an estimated price of $500 million, we can only expect that the interior of Balmoral Castle is as stunning as the exterior.
This beautiful dining room combines elements of a classic country lodge with stunning regal details.
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Prague Castle, Czech Republic
As well as looking straight out of the pages of a fairytale, Prague Castle is reportedly the largest castle on the entire globe. Spanning a huge 70,000 square meters, this castle features an array of eclectic architecture styles.
Prague Castle has elements that were built in 870, some that were built in the 1920s, and everything in between. Due to the construction of the castle spanning 1059 years, it has buildings that represent almost every architectural style from the last Millennium.
Although Prague Castle offers a wide variety of interior styles, this library looks like it has been taken straight out of Beauty and The Beast.
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Do you dream of being a princess for a day? Prague Castle has a variety of suites that visitors can stay in! It is one of the few European castles that offer this service and with decor this grand, how can you say no?
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Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria
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Hohenwerfen Castle certainly proves that the Austrians know how to build the picture perfect fairytale castle!
Situated on a 623 meter hilltop overlooking the small town of Werfen, this castle has the Alps as its stunning backdrop.
The Medieval castle was built in 1075 by the Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg for war purposes. Since then, it has been used as a hunting lodge, a world war 2 training camp and a prison.
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Despite areas of the castle being badly damaged by fire, traditional Medieval interiors can still be viewed by visitors.
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