There’s something about castles that make them magical and elegant. It could be because we all grew up reading and watching fairy tales and knowing that the story won’t be complete without a prince and a princess living happily ever after in a castle. Behold, we give you, the castles which perhaps in one way or another inspired the fairy tales we love.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is a German castle which was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century. Up to this day, the said castle still looks majestic and elegant as it were when it was newly constructed.
Château de Chambord
As far as architectural superiority is concerned, the Château de Chambord is definitely a class of its own. Located in a secluded area, the castle is surrounded by nature, and is a place ideal for settling down. It took a total of 28 years to finish the Château and it became open to the public back in 2007.
Another German castle, Castle Hohenschwangau was built by King Maximilian II of Bavaria, father of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was the childhood home of Ludwig and must have served as an inspiration for him when he built the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Located north of Yorkshire, England, this majestic castle serves as the private residence of the Howard family, more specifically the Carlisle branch. It is set in a wide expanse of land and has been the residence of the family for over 300 years.
Found near St. Petersburg in Russia, the construction of the castle was commissioned by Catherine of Russia for the purpose of it being a summer home back in 1717. Her daughter, Empress Elizabeth saw to the expansion of the palace and now serves as a location for exclusive parties.
Considered to be one of the youngest castles in the list, the Tafaria Castle was finished in 2012 and was commissioned by a rich businessman in Kenya. He was fascinated by tales of knights and castles so he decided to build his dream. The castle is open to the public where they can stay for relaxing getaways.
Located in Denmark, the Kronborg Castle was built by King Erick VII in the 16th century. The castle was mentioned by Shakespeare in Hamlet, only, the great poet used a different name for the palace. It was used as an army stronghold in the 19th century and is now accessible to the public.
Château de Versailles
One of the most artistic and sophisticated castles of all time, the Château de Versailles is built in France. It sits on a huge 17 acres of land and dates as far back to the 17th century, with the objective of providing residence to royalty.
The Edinburgh Castle sits on top of a volcanic rock in the city of Edinburgh. It is one of the most historic castles as the rock where it sits has a deep history of early settlement, providing interest to archaeologists. Apart from this, the palace has historic military and royal ties, as well.
The Germans love for castles can again be seen in this huge palace that is located near Saxony. The Schloss was built as a hunting lodge for royalty between 1542 to 1546. One of the unique features of the castle is that it is surrounded by water. Back in the medieval ages, it was essential that castles were surrounded by water to keep the enemies at bay. Since then, the castle has gone through some remodeling.
Built by Willam Marshal in the year 1195, the Kilkenny Castle is located in Ireland. Behind the beauty of this majestic palace is a history of wars that has damaged many parts of the castle. It has since been restored to its opulent glory.
One of Japan’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle is also built on top of a rock back in the 16th century. Osaka Castle overlooks a moat to protect it from enemies back then. It was also subjected to attacks before yet it still is beautiful up to now.
17 Iconic Landmarks That Appear Majestic Up-Close- Until You Zoom Out!
It’s all about perspective.
We all have seen the beauty of famous landmarks of the world. In pictures and up-close, you will be amazed at how magnificent the structures are. But have you ever wondered what it would look like if it was not seen from a close view?
This collection of photos just shows that perspective is an important factor in producing good or bad images. Well-known landmarks have always captivated the hearts of people and for those who haven’t been to any of them all they have is envy for people who have actually visited the locations.
Sometimes, photography can be misleading. Add to that the technology of post-photo editing, anyone can make an ordinary-looking object look like a million-dollar snapshot.
Leonardo di Caprio’s Private Island Is Absolute Bliss
Leonardo di Caprio owns a private island and it is just superbly amazing!
Apart from the fact that Leonardo di Caprio happens to be a handsome, talented and very rich actor, he also is the owner of a private island that is pure bliss. All that is missing now is an Oscar award which he very well deserves, right?
Here's a look of di Caprio's island from the crystal waters.
This is the exact location of the island in Belize.
10 Kinds of Hotel Guests You Should Never Be
Are you an annoying hotel guest? Find out if you happen to be one of them in the list provided.
Travelers these days seem to have higher expectations than usual when it comes to staying in hotels. With the number of hotel chains available, choosing one that best fits your needs is actually an easy task. What is often left behind because of such high expectations is one's etiquette or common courtesy if you will.
Getting the complimentary upgrade or that stellar service is something that we all want, however it still is important not to leave your good manners at the doorstep. Avoid being any of the following hotel guests if you don't want to end up not getting that upgrade you've been dreaming of.
Don't start with your rewards status before actually stating your name upon arrival at the front desk.
Just so you know, the front desk agent doesn't really care if you happen to be a preferred or platinum member. What he needs to know to process your reservation is your name. Remember that if you want that upgrade, the front desk agent has to like you well enough in the first ten seconds of interaction. Sure, your rewards status will get you the awesome room, but it might be beside the noisy elevator.
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