5 European Castles That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale

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 Interior

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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.

The Interior

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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.

Interior

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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

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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.

The Interior

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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.

The Interior

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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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10 European Homes We Love

Europe, as a continent, is rather strange if you look at it in comparison to the rest of the world. You could fit this entire continent into Australia and still have room to spare! The continent of North America consists of 23 countries, whilst Europe has 51: almost double! Europe is a cultural conglomeration! In a days drive you can pass through several countries, hear a handful of languages and see enough home decor styles to fill the entirety of Florida!

If you can’t afford a Euro-trip, don’t fret! Today we are bringing you ten European homes we love.

In the nature of all good road trips, maps are a must. If you have no clue where  Latvia is, or Tuscany sounds like a type of cheese to you, here’s a map to clear things up:

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1. This Floral Folk Fantasy

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Where is it?

Bucovina, Romania

Why we love it!

I don’t mean to sound culturally inadequate here, but this is quite literally the exact image in my head when someone says ‘Romanian home.’ The quaint quintessential nature of this home is exactly why we love it!  Pretty florals, folk embroidery and indoor planters make it quite unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Recreate It!

Inject some Romanian folklore into your home by adding some embroidered floral cushions. Table decor, such as placemats, are also an easy way to add a touch of this home.

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Spring garden floral pillow cover

Floral embroidered placemats

2. This Snuggly, Familiar Cottage

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Where is it?

England…well, erm sort of! Does this ab0de look familiar? That’s because it was Kate Winslet’s home in ‘The Holiday’. Unfortunately it was only build for the movie, but it’s so pretty that we HAD to feature it!

Why we love it!

It has that ultimate homely vibe of washed out fabrics, chintz patterns, quilting and a total mish mash of everything. That exposed brick wall and cosy fireplace may be total opposites, but they are a match made in living room heaven.

Recreate It!

Washed out, creamy florals can look superb if you stick to a neutral palette. This bedding set and pillow covers will set you off to a great start!

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Hand painted duvet cover set

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Vibrant floral throw pillow cover

3. This Ultimate Ode To Folklore

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Where is it?

Hungary

Why we love it!

The contrasts between the bright blue beams and the white walls, the total overkill of florals and those funky, multi-colored beams. Yet it still manages to look really clean and simple.

Recreate It!

Blues, reds: the brighter the better. Only one rule: Folklore florals.

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Floral embroidered pillow cover

Arabian velvet table runner

4. This Perfect Balance Of Rustic Sophistication

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Where is it?

Tuscany, Italy

Why we love it!

It t0tally looks like a palace, in the most undone, non-bragging way ever! I mean the sheer contrast of the exposed beam, ceiling and that chandelier alone is enough to make us drool.

Recreate It!

Opt for a plain white bedding set, with undeniably luxurious embroidered detailing. And a stunning chandelier won’t hurt either!

Hand embroidered 7 piece duvet set

5. This Cute & Cosy Lodge

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Where is it?

Siberia, Russia

Why we love it!

Can we please please please have this stain-pattered slanting ceiling! Those log walls make is long for Winter and all of those blue floral prints sum up Russia as the hub of East-meets-West.

Recreate It!

This one is all about having a balance between the East and the West! An oriental printed rug will be the perfect companion to a floral bedding set.

Hand painted 7 piece duvet cover set

Exotic oriental table runner

6. This Al Fresco Fiesta

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Where is it?

Sicily, Italy

Why we love it!

This outdoor area is homely, stylish and oh-so-Mediterranean, all at the same time! The plants, the arch, all of the colors… I don’t think I would ever eat inside again if this was outside!

Recreate It!

We can’t give you an abundance or flowers or a Sicilian breeze, but we can give you a whole lot of patterns and colors!

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Oriental blossom table runner

Jacquard damask pillow cover

7. This Monochrome Perfection

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Where is it?

Finland

Why we love it!

It’s like seeing the world through a monochromatic lens! The balance between light and dark, and the shapes alone make it detailed without color.

Recreate It!

Sleek blacks in slick woods are in order. Monochrome all the way!

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Modern two tone accent pillow cover

8. This Outdoor Hideaway

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Where is it?

Spain

Why we love it!

Unlike most outdoor areas, which consist of vast, open spaces, this secret beauty is constrained between two walls. It is this urban, indoor-outdoor vibe that makes it so appealing.

Recreate It!

Adorn your outdoor area with hot pinks and sizzling reds.

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Hand painted accent deluxe pillow cover

 

9. This Oceanic Temple

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Where is it?

Mykonos, Greece

Why we love it!

That blue and white vibe screams the Greek islands! Throw in some triangle tiles and giant vases, and it is so quintessentially pretty that it hurts.

Recreate It!

Contrast white wallls with pops of snorkel blue, statement tiles and oversized pottery.

10. This Highlands Home

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Where is it?

Scotland

Why we love it!

So much wood, warm tones and woodland nature references. Plus: That little bit of tartan is typically Scottish without being an overkill!

Recreate It!

Oranges, browns, wood and woodland creature prints. A few candles ever hurt either!

Jacquard Floral Table Runner

Jacquard floral table runner

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Checkered pillow cover

 

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