15 Amazing Fairy Tale-Like European Castles

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We were all fascinated by castles when we were young, desperate to live in one after reading about them in fairytales. 

Most of these fairytale castles were inspired by real ones, which were once seats of rulers and kings, secure fortresses and  symbols of power.

Although these structures are now past their former glory, they still attract hoards of tourists, who are enchanted by the surreal atmosphere of these medieval castles.  So if you used to like fairy tales, check out these 15 beautiful castles and chateaus across Europe.


1 .Chateau De Chillon, Switzerland

Château de Chillon

Used By: The Savoys,  the Bernese

Year Built: 1150 A.D (approx)

Current Status: Historic Monument


2.Bodiam Castle, England

Bodiam Castle

Used By: The Dalyngrigges, the Lewknors

Year Built: 1385 A.D

Current Status: Scheduled Monument


3.Chateau De Chambord, France

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Used By: King Francis I of France

Year Built: 1547

Current Status: Historical Monument


4.Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Predjama Castle Postojna

Used By: Erazem Lueger

Year Built: 12th Century (Exact Date not known),

Current Status: Historical Monument

5.Bran Castle, Romania

Used By: Vlad the Impaler

Year Built: 1377 A.D

Current Status: Museum


6.Chateau De Walzin, Belgium

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Used By: Walter de Kefreyn, Wautier de Walzin

Year Built: 1235 A.D

Current Status: Privately owned


7.Karlstejn Castle, Czech Republic

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Used By: Charles IV (King of Bohemia)

Year Built: 1348 A.D

Current Status: Historical Monument


8.Segovia Castle, Spain

Segovia Castle

Used By: King Alfonso VIII (Ruler of Spain)

Year Built: 1120 A.D

Current Status: King Alfonso VIII (Ruler of Spain)


9.Dunnator Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

Used By: King William the Lion,

Year Built: Around 1400–1600 A.D

Current Status: In Ruins


10.Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

Used By: King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway

Year Built: 1560 A.D

Current Status: Museum


11. Malbork Castle, Poland

Malbork Castle

Used By: The Dalyngrigges, the Lewknors,

Year Built: 1406 A.D

Current Status: Scheduled Monument


12.Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

caerlaverock castle

Used By: the Maxwells

Year Built: 1270 A.D

Current Status: In Ruins


13.Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Images

Used By: Ludwig II of Bavaria

Year Built: 1873 A.D

Current Status: Scheduled Monument


14.Chateau De Versailles, France

Palace of Versailles

Used By: Louis XIII,  Louis XIV

Year Built: 1623 A.D

Current Status: Museum


15.Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Queen Elizabeth

Used By: The British Royal Family

Year Built: 1856 A.D

Current Status: Private property of the British Royal Family


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