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Top 35 Fairytale Castles

Jamie Frater

Christmas Competition: 3rd Place. Congratulations to Mathilda for this excellent list – she has won the third prize of a $25 iTunes music card.

According to Wikipedia, “A castle is a defensive structure seen as one of the main symbols of the Middle Ages. The term has a history of scholarly debate surrounding its exact meaning, but it is usually regarded as being distinct from the general terms fort or fortress in that it describes a building which serves as a residence of a medieaval monarch or noble and commands a specific territory.” I have chosen to use my own criteria for inclusion in this list, that being, if I were a princess in a fairytale, would I want to live there? As such, interior condition was not taken into consideration, exterior setting was very important, and any past gory history was ignored. I only included one per country so there are scores of equally beautiful castles which had to be excluded. (I did make an exception to the one per country rule for England, as I really, really want to live in one of the two shown.)

1. Baku’s Wedding Palace Azerbaijan

Baku

2. Schloss Anif Austria

Anif

3. Mir Castle Belarus

Mir

4. Gravensteen Belgium

Gravensteen

5. Summer Palace China

Summer

6. Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca Cuba

Morro

7. Hluboka Nad Vltavou Czech Republic

Hluboka

8. Kronborg Castle Denmark

Kronborg

9. Leeds Castle England

Leeds

10. Warwick Castle England

Warwick

11. Fasilides Castle Ethiopia

Fasil

12. Olavinlinna Finland

Olavinlinna

13. Chateau D’Usse France

Usse

14. Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Neuschwanstein

15. Eszterháza Palace Hungary

Eszterhaza

16. Khas Mahal India

Khasmahal

17. Falak-ol-aflak Castle Iran

Falak

18. Kilkenny Castle Ireland

Kilkenny

19. Bardi Castle Italy

Bardi

20. Himeji Castle Japan

Himeji

21. Petra Jordan

Petra

22. Vaduz Castle Lichtenstein

Vaduz

23. Muiderslot The Netherlands

Muiderslot

24. Malbork Castle Poland

Malbork

25. Belem Tower Portugal

Belem

26. Hunedoara Castle Romania

Huneodora

27. Kazan Kremlin Russia

Kazan

28. Eilean Donan Castle Scotland

Eilanndonan

29. Alcazar of Segovia Spain

Alcazar

30. Orebro Castle Sweden

Orebro

31. Chillon Castle Switzerland

Chillon

32. Krak Des Chevaliers Syria

Chevaliers

33. Rumelihisar? Turkey

Yedikule

34. Kamianets Ukraine

Kamianets

35. Boldt Castle United States

Boldt

Jamie Frater

Jamie is the founder of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and cooking. He is fascinated with all things morbid and bizarre.

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