Castles and palaces are the foundations of fairytales, and the castles featured here have been the settings of several films. Your fairytale vacation is waiting for you at any one of these fabulous castle destinations. From spending a night in a castle hotel to watching the Changing of the Guard near a palace, you will find that these castles can bring your fantasy vacation into reality. Steeped in history, these 20 fabulous castles were selected on the basis of availability for touring, their landscaping, and their architectural features.
Hohenschwangau Castle was the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is located in southern Germany near the village of Fussen which is near the Austrian border. The castle was built where the prior fortress Schwangau had stood during the 12th century. Queen Marie continued to live there after her husband’s death, but she was not the last royal resident. After her death in 1889, Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, King Ludwig’s uncle lived on the third floor of the palace. He ordered the installation of electricity, and he added an elevator in 1903. He lived just seven additional years. A year after his death, the palace was opened to visitors as a museum.
Located on the Nogat River, the Malbork Castle has a long history. It was the monastic home of the crusading Teutonic Knights and was home of the Grand Master of the Order. During World War II, it took a hit and was severely damaged and nearly destroyed. The castle was later restored as a magnificent example of the High Gothic architectural style.