Not only do castles all over the world have a rich and vibrant history, but they simply look incredible, floating on hilltops amongst the clouds, or somehow integrating themselves in nature in a breathtaking way. Here are the coolest castles we could find from all over the globe. Put them on your bucket list!
1. The Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture of Matsumoot, Japan
This stunning castle in Japan is so unique, looks like a sculpture. It’s located in Matsumoot, Japan, and was built in the 16th century. Some castles reside on an island or on top of a hill, which is classified as a Hirashiro. This simply indicates that moats, gatehouses, and walls were the defenses of the castle. And surrounded by cherry blossoms. So lovely.
2. The Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria
This massive fortress dominates a hill in Salzburg, Austria. It is 250 meters long and 506 meters high, making it one of the biggest castles in Europe. It was constructed in 1077 under the Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein, who resided on the top floor.
3. The Hohenzollern Castle, Baden-Württemberg – Germany
When it’s foggy out, this castle looks like a dream, floating in the clouds of the Swabian Alps. It dates back to 1061, and artistically drop-dead gorgeous. But it wasn’t always so – in the 1400’s it was destroyed when it was under siege, and rebuilt much sturdier.
4. Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
The notorious King Ferdinand II resided here, and the 19th-century romantic style that was popular in Portugal at the time definitely reflects that. The dreamy canary yellow and other vibrant colors are less serious than a lot of castles in Europe, and we love the creativity behind it. It was designed so one could see it from any point in the park of Pena, which was filled with lush forestry and luxurious gardens containing over 500 species of trees.