Top Castles and Palaces in the World

There are very many fascinating places in the world but the most attracting and fabulous are palaces and castles. Some of the most important places of interest for tourists and famous constructions in the world are the Forbidden City, Mysore Palace in India, The Great Scots at Edinburgh Castle, Prague Castle and many others. Tourists are mainly attracted by the mystery they share every moment and above all, by the unique, original story that stands at the core of these constructions. Some are real and some are not. However, it is a fact that these buildings had different key roles along history, for instance fortress, royal palace, prison or mint.

Tower of London
Tower of London
Alcazar, Segovia is situated on the rocks governing the rivers Eresma and Clamores. In the past, the castle role was that of a prison, before it became the home to the Royal School of Artillery in 1762 and later on, to Spanish Military Archives.

Forbidden City is a temple-like construction where the West and East palace compounds are just as interesting as the much photographed main gates and temples which run in a direct line on a south to north axis from the huge Mao painting at the Meridian Gate to the Gate of Divine Prowess.

The Tower of London was built on the north bank of the River Thames stands the Tower of London. Its role was that of fortress, prison, royal palace, armory, mint, and also a place of execution.

Maharaja bling at Mysore Palace, India hosts a mixture of pink marble domes, mosaics and stained-glass ceilings. Follow in maharajas’ footsteps exploring the gilded marriage hall and the Doll’s Pavillion, home to a solid-gold elephant howdah (carriage).


The Bran Castle from Romania is the source of the Dracula legends. However, mystery has been present there from the 14th century.

Bran Castle
Bran Castle

The Beijing Forbidden City has a surface of about 720,000 square metres and contains around 9,000 rooms. An audio guide gives valuable insight in the ornate pavilions and echoing courtyards.

Prague Castle is the largest European Castle of the Medieval period having a wide range of palaces, cathedrals along the fortress’ walls.

The Great Scots at Edinburgh Castle is built since the Medieval period, a fortified castle situated on a rock supervising the entire city. The grey-stone stronghold harbours the twinkling Scottish crown jewels and 550-year-old cannon Mons Meg. At 1 P.M. the Royal Artillery fires One O’Clock Gun.

The Moorish Alhambra Palace, Granada is a fortress was built in the 14ht century. The artisans outdid themselves in the Golden Room, an ingenious work of lace-fine stucco, geometric mosaics and intricate cedarwood.
The Moorish Alhambra Palace, Granada
The Moorish Alhambra Palace, Granada

Neuschwanstein Castle was the dream castle of a Bavarian King in the 19th century. The castle is situated in the Bavarian Alps on the site of the ancient ruins of two castles, Vorder and Hinterhohenschangau. Moreover, the Sleeping Beauty tale castle was a source of inspiration from Disney.
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Neuschwanstein

The Muslim palace, Alhambra, was built around the 13th century and was originally thought as a fortress. Today there are few parts left of the building and it is considered an important mark of Islamic architecture.

Chateau de Versailles is one of the most famous palace in the world because it is well-known for its Hall of Mirrors. In the 17th century, it was completed in baroque style and it became the main residence of the French Kings.
Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Chillon was built on the very edge of the lake on an island, its walls are heavily fortified on all sides save those facing over the water which are ornate with arched pillars and romantic balconies. In the 19th century it became famous for Byron’s and Alexandre Dumas’ writings.

Chateau de Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland
Chateau de Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland

For the Chinese culture, the Summer Palace is a symbol. Many constructions such as pavilions, bridges, towers, statues and corridors are included in this figure as well as shrines and larger buildings.
Summer Palace of China
Summer Palace of China

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  1. Rob says:

    Wow this tour was awesome haha!

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