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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5 Instagram Hotels For Your Bucketlist

Once upon a time, hotel owners and managers relied on brochures, travel magazines and travel agents as their primary source of marketing. Today, it’s a whole different game; one that fits in the palm of your hands. The idea of ‘Instagram Hotels’ is something that more and more companies are looking into.

2017 is set to be more about influencer marketing than ever, with more and more of the travel market jumping onto its perfectly filtered bandwagon. And who can blame them? Instagram influencers offer a type of advertising that is not only glossy and picturesque, but relatable.

Take for example, popular travel bloggers Lauren Bullen and Jack Morris, who, before racking up a massive 2 million followers, were just normal, everyday Joe’s like you and me. It gives us that tiny glimpse of hope that we don’t need to win the lottery or be born a Kardashian to have moments of pure lavishness.

With more and more Instagram hotels popping up on our feeds, we can’t help but feel serious FOMO. As we sit on our 9-5 desks, we dream of that square of Marrakech pool with the perfect level of ‘Clarendon’. **Sighs**

Put down your phone and bring out your bucketlist, as we show you 5 Instagram hotels you have to visit. Plus, if you have the budget of a pauper, we show you how to bring elements of these Instagram hotels to your home decor. Double win!

Riad Yasmine, Marrakech

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@gypsea_lust

This is the one that haunts you in your dreams: that perfect symmetry, that tiled aqua pool, those impeccably placed palms. This slice of paradise is the Riad Yasmine in Marrakech, ‘a safe haven of peace’ with only seven rooms.

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Any travel lover will have undoubtedly seen several of their favorite travel bloggers floating in this heavenly pool, and that’s no coincidence. The Riad Yasmine was specifically created to be aesthetically pleasing, in order to go ‘viral’ on Instagram. The hotel regularly works with travel bloggers, who, in turn, share their perfect squares of paradise with their thousands of followers.

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As if the main pool area wasn’t enough, the rooms themselves also boast classic Moroccan architecture in a photogenic brick palette. To top it off, there’s also a cute resident cat called Bowie. And nothing goes viral like a cute cat.

Home Inspiration

If a flight to Morocco is totally out of your league, take decor cues from the hotel’s clean, Moroccan tiles and neo-gypsy vibes.

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Azulik, Tuluum

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A favorite of celebrities and Instagrammers alike, Azulik is a jungle tree house wonder that suspends right into the Mexican ocean. This eco-retreat has absolutely no electricity, allowing guests to completely detach from the post-modern world and go back to nature, all whilst staying in the lap of luxury.

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There’s swings at the bar, staircases cascading down into the turquoise ocean and outdoor private bathtubs. Sounds like the perfect playground for adults!

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If that wasn’t enough to make you turn greener than Shrek, the resort itself is in a rainforest canopy and, quite literally, stands above the jungle.

Home Inspiration

Despite it’s reputation with Instagram royalty, the decor of Azulik is rustic, natural and clean. Bring this wanderlust-filled vibe to your home with driftwood, drapey white fabric and an abundance of greenery.

Embroidered leaf placemats

Elegant dahlia pillow cover

Urban Cowboy B & B, Nashville/Brooklyn

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The Urban Cowboy looks like the love child of a wandering bohemian and a concrete cowboy. With two photogenic locations in Nashville and Brooklyn, the Urban Cowboy is fast becoming a favorite destination for Instagram-lovers.

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The antithesis of the upmarket New York hotel, the Urban Cowboy Brooklyn is ‘a much needed antidote to the mind-numbing pace of Manhattan’. Known for attracting artist, this super hipster spot has certainly gained recognition in the two years it’s been open.

Home Inspiration

The decor of the Urban Cowboy is undeniably unique. Bring this Western-meets-bohemian vibe into your home with seventies style boho prints, carved wood and clashing patterns in brown tones.

Damask style table runner

Solid geometric pillow covers

 

Byron Beach Abodes, Byron Bay

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This Byron Bay holiday rental company offers a number of wonderful rental properties in the stunning, Australian coastal town.

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Clean white decor, immaculate pools and outdoor bath tubs make these properties truly amiable. Many of the properties have a unique, cottage-like charm combines with an edge of tropical bohemia.

Home Inspiration

Bring Byron Bay home with clean whites and blues, juxtaposed with cottage-like prints and splashes of cacti.

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Sophisticated two tone placemats

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

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Celebrities and Instagram stars flock to this Southern France hotel in abundance and who can blame them? This former private mansion boasts a salt water swimming pool that is literally carved into a cliff overlooking the French Riviera.

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Although it’s been around since the 1800s, the Instagram generation have undoubtedly given it a new lease of life. It’s popular with the fashion pack and has hosted the Chanel couture house.

Home Inspiration

If you dream of staying in this palace, why not inject its decor into your home? Think Marie Antoinette on vacation and you’re on the right tracks!

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Which of these Instagram hotels is at the top of your travel list?

 

 

 

 

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15 Instagram Decor Inspirations

Once upon a time home decor inspiration came in the form of magazines and showrooms. Fast forward half a century and finding the latest interior trends are literally in the palm of your hand! Thanks to our love of Smart Phones, finding the newest look for your bedroom is as easy as Sunday morning. Our app of choice? Instagram. Boasting a huge 40 million users, the social media site is full of home decor inspiration from real people just like you and me and all it takes is a hashtag!

Today we show you fifteen squares that are choc-a-bloc full of home decor goodness. So whether you’re a #boho, or more of a #modern type of person, you are such to find something that will inspire you to take your home to a whole new level.

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@eyeforpretty

This pastel-toned living room leaves us with a sweet longing for candied tones and feminine prints. And don’t even get me started on the lamp that looks like a stack of light bulbs! This cosy, yet fresh, set up is perfect for the upcoming Spring. As a matter of fact, this photo makes us practically smell the floral, Spring breeze.

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Add the damask and jacquard floral throw pillow covers to your sofa.

 

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@sfgirlbybay

This warm, Moroccan-inspired space is a fresh and non-cluttered way to nail the bohemian trend. We are loving how much character that wall mural adds. Can we have the lampshade please?

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Hang the Arabian velvet table runner on your wall and compliment with a matching pillow cover.

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@thedesignfiles

This is every matchy-matchy stylists’ fantasty! With geometric prints in an identical palette, this living room gives across a perfect juxtaposition between minimalist and quirky. P.S. This couch totally looks like a real life version of one we had in our Barbie dream house!

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This geometric pillow cover and two toned place mat has your matching geometric style covered!

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@villiagestores

This inspo is so earthy that it makes us want a clay-mask facial and a turkish bath. Woven baskets act as a makeshift frame for this earthy and low-maintenance floor bed. Note to self next time I’m shopping: If it’s weaved, get it!

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Dot your bedroom table with the suitably earthy color block placemats. Then add some neutral boho vibes with the jacquard damask pillow cover.

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@marianapallerosihousewear

Somewhere in between the offset of mod and the intro of boho in the 1970s, lies this groovy living room. With an eclectic east meets west vibe, this room could easily be a home anywhere in the world.

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Beige & Maroon

Top your coffee table with a bright ethnic print, such as this table cloth. Clash with the glamorous border table runner.

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@carlislehomes

If you’re feeling feminine, but don’t want to look like the inside of a Polly Pocket, why not take inspiration from this muted living room? With fluffy pillows like these, who needs a boyfriend to snuggle up with? We’ll have that cute fox statue as our living room companion instead!

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Top your sofa with a stunning grey and pink combo. The jacquard floral pillow cover and spring garden floral pillow cover will work a treat!

 

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@witanddelight_

Who said that boho had to be brash? With a plethora of nomadic textures and aztec patterns, this neutral bedroom is anything but brash or boring!

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Top the beige hand-embroidered bedding set with the brocade pillow cover for a minimalist boho vibe.

 

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@francesloom

We’re not quite sure whether this room looks like somewhere Daenerys Targaryan has conquered or some exotic holiday destination circa 1860. Either way, the combination of vintage, Moroccan print, carpets, wooden beams and furniture, and a shabby quilt has an otherworldly feel to it. And check out the roof: It looks like something from the Tudor times! Romeo and Juliet would approve!

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Adorn your tabletops with the exotic silk scarf for an instant Moroccan injection. The oriental table runner will add an exotic, vintage vibe to your bed or table.

 

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@casa_casada

Warm Mediterranean nights come to mind when gazing at this lush inspo photo. The perfectly symmetric cushions, sleek glass table and greenery are so stunning that it makes us wonder what that view would be like. That tempting slither of palm trees makes us want to jump on a jet and head to the tropics!

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Opt for a range of accessories in oceanic hues. The floral embroidered pillow cover and dahlia pillow cover are essential!

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@bohoside

**Sighs** Does it really get anymore idyllic than this? Bohemian prints, natural materials and fresh greenery are the key ingredients for this serene conservatory. That basket weave chair looks like a throne to me, and one that I’d happily while-away the day in!

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Inject earthy tones with the hawthorn leaf table runner and juxtapose with the boho-bright damask pillow cover.

 

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@cute_home_

They say to eat a range of vegetables that cover the spectrum of the rainbow, so why not make your place setting equally as vibrant? This uplifting place setting cleverly combines a mixture of warm and cool colors. The result? Something deeply relaxing…

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Now this is what we call a happy clash! Pop a plate on the floral paisley place mat and juxtapose with a rolled up hand embroidered place mat.

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@homepolish

Erm… I don’t mean to be rude, but can I move in? Neutral furniture and decor is uplifted by an array of tribal print accessories. Everything is picture-perfect, from the texture of that faux-fur rug, to that piece of coral sitting on top of those perfectly placed books. #lifegoals.

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This boho printed tissue box cover is an easy and practical addition to your living room table. Add some warm hued cushions and you’re on your way to this picture perfect room!

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@etsy

We’re not sure if this is a reading nook or a random corner of the room, but we love it! It’s utter randomness (curtain anyone?) and thrown-together look makes it straddle the line between art and home decor. Special point out to that hanging plant: Love it! Now just one question remains: is there actually a window behind there?

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Feeling blue? Hang this floral tablecloth on your randomly placed curtain rail. If you’re feeling extra random, drape this scarf over a chair. Perfect for a quick cold weather fix too!

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@carlaypage

One word: aztec! This beauty is like a mish-mash of Mexico through the ages, cacti, guitars, sombreros and aztec prints give this living room a certain air of wanderlust. Over accessorizing without cluttering can easy be done wrong. THIS is an example of how it can be done right!

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Go for natural materials and bright, aztec prints. We recommend the ornamental embroidered pillow cover and the hand embroidered place mats.

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@cottageonmarc

Sleek, simple and chic, this is the type of kitchen that both your mother and grandmother would approve. Why? Because it’s timeless! Wooden furniture and shimmering beige’s make up this classic crowd pleaser.

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The chic jacquard table runner is timeless and clean with a touch of glamour. Add a feminine edge with the floral place mats.

Which Instagram inspo photo was your favorite?

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