5 Awe-Inspiring Castles in Europe

These royal abodes are some of Central Europe’s most fantastic historic landmarks.

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    Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

    Nestled in the Bavarian Alps near the Austrian border, Neuschwanstein Castle is a fairy-tale castle. Literally: The castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was modeled after this castle in Europe, which is just under two hours from Munich. Work on the castle broke ground in 1868, and although Ludwig II spent a number of years living there in near solitude, he never saw the design completed.

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    Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

    Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace was built as the summer residence and hunting lodge of the Habsburg family in the mid-16th century. Over the next 400 years, the palace and its grounds were continuously upgraded to include lavish gardens and fountains, additional rooms and new structures—even the world’s oldest existing zoo, which is still in operation today.

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    Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary

    The Buda Castle travelers visit today isn’t the original structure erected on Castle Hill in the 13th century. The ancient castle was destroyed by bombs during World War II and was subsequently rebuilt. Take the funicular from Chain Bridge to the top of Castle Hill for unparalleled views of Budapest. Then spend the day exploring the many attractions that are part of modern-day Buda Castle, including the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Don’t miss the spectacular changing of the guards ceremony at this castle in Europe!

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    Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague Castle overlooks the city and the Vltava River, with its many picturesque bridges. An entire walled complex, the grounds at this castle in Europe also house a cathedral, a monastery (which is today used as a gallery), a Renaissance palace, the remains of a basilica and many other features.

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    Bran Castle, Bran, Romania

    Commonly referred to as Dracula’s Castle for its striking similarity to the vampire’s castle described in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Bran Castle is situated in the mountains of central Romania, about three hours from Bucharest. The original structure, built in the early 13th century, was a stone fortress used to protect the southern border of Transylvania. The castle changed hands over the next four centuries, as many groups vied for control of the region; it was eventually abandoned for nearly 40 years. When Transylvania was absorbed by Romania in the early 1900s, this castle in Europe was converted into a royal residence by Queen Maria.

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Marco Ruiz, AAA Travel Counselor, Monterey, Calif.

I love to suggest Italy and Spain because of the culture and the flair of the people–their fashions, language and way of life. They take time to enjoy life's pleasures. When you're there, you feel it, too.

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