Most Beautiful Romantic Castles
Hmm castles..i think everyone is dreaming at his own castle..
1. Dunguaire Castle in Ireland
With its 75 foot tower, the 16th century Dunguaire Castle is one of the most often photographed castles in Ireland.
2. Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Perched on a hilly terrace on the southern edge of Granada, Spain, Alhambra is an ancient palace and fortress complex with stunning frescoes and interior details.
3. Biltmore Estate in North Carolina
With 255 rooms, the magnificent Bilmore Estate is often called an American Castle. It was constructed in the late 1800s.
4. Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle is often compared to the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. King Ludwig II (“Mad King Ludwig”) began constructing Neuschwanstein castle in the late 1800s. Modeled after Medieval architecture, the castle was planned as a homage to the grand operas of Wagner.
5. Johnstown Castle in Ireland
Overlooking a river, the turreted Johnstown Castle looks like a medieval castle, but it was actually built in Victorian times.
6. Abbassid Castle in Baghdad, Iraq
Abbassid Castle in Baghdad is famous for the detailed tilework on the front portal.
7. Hearst Castle in California
Julia Morgan designed this lavish modern-day “castle” for publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. Furnished with Spanish and Italian antiques, the romantic Moorish home has 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways.
8. Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands, New York
Boldt Castle is not a medieval castle, of course, but a modern interpretation. It’s a jigsaw puzzle of medieval and Victorian styles pieced together by a wealthy American businessman. Like many homes from America’s Gilded Age, the eleven-building complex is exuberant and outrageous, as though its creators had taken five hundred years of architectural history and spilled it across the craggy island.
9. Prague Castle in the Hradcany
Prague Castle in the Hradcany royal complex has towered above the river Vltava for a thousand years.
10. Leeds Castle in England
Leeds Castle is widely known as “the ladies’ castle” and “the loveliest castle in the world.” Surrounded by a picturesque lake, the preserved medieval castle is a treasure trove of art, antiques, and history. Our About.com Guide to Romantic Getaways has travel tips.
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