The myriad of breathtaking castles that the world is full of makes it difficult to draw up a ranking of the most beautiful. We have tried and in this Top-ten of the most beautiful castles in the world.

Also this time, to do this, we made use of the community. It was you Travel365 users who decreed the positions in the ranking, through a survey that involved over 10,000 accounts and 40 castles around the world . Each of you could choose 3 preferences from 40 proposals. The 10 castles with the highest number of votes entered the ranking.

Alcàzar of Segovia – Spain

Alcatraz of Segovia - Spain

The Alcàzar is a stone castle located in the old city of Segovia . Its shape resembles the prow of a ship and is located on a rocky hill. The Alcàzar, one of the most characteristic castle-palaces in Spain , was built in the 12th century. It was originally supposed to function as a fortress, but it functioned as a royal palace, state prison, and military academy. Little curiosity : this castle inspired the one featured in the famous Walt Disney cartoon Cinderella .

Noisy Castle – Belgium 

Noisy Castle - Belgium

Noisy Castle which is based in the Ardennes region of Belgium is also known as Miranda Castle . It is a construction of the nineteenth century, precisely the castle was built in 1866. This neo-Gothic fortification has been in a state of neglect since 1991. Its peculiar appearance makes it an attraction for tourists from all over the world.

Windsor Castle – England 

Windsor Castle - England

A royal residence in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire . The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. More than five hundred people live and work in this magnificent timeless structure.

Bodiam Castle – England 

Bodiam Castle - England

Bodiam is a 14th century castle located in East Sussex, England . It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, under the concession of Richard II. Its position in the center of a moat completely covered with water contributes to making it fascinating .

Prague Castle – Czech Republic 

Prague Castle - Czech Republic

Before your eyes you have one of the largest and oldest castles in the world. The construction of Prague Castle began around the 9th century. This fortress, 570 m long and about 130 m wide, was installed on one of the nine hills of the city. It is precisely from this center that the capital developed. SEE ALSO : visit to Prague Castle – info, prices and tours

Kilkenny Castle – Ireland 

Kilkennt Castle - Ireland

Kilkenny Irish Castle was built in 1195 by William the Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in order to control the River Nore. This medieval fortification has undergone numerous restorations and is currently open to the public. It is now considered to be one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.

Conwy Castle – Wales 

Conwy Castle - Wales

Photo by David Dixon. Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification on the north coast of Wales ; it was built by Edward I during his 13th century conquest of Wales. The huge investment made for the construction of the towers makes it the most expensive of all the castles built by Edward I. But calling it the most expensive would be an understatement: it is also the most important.

Hohenschwangau Castle – Austria 

Hohenschwangau Castle - Austria

One of the oldest and best preserved castles in Europe, Hohensalzburg was built in the 11th century and extended during the 1300s. It is located on a mountain in Salzburg. With a length of 250 meters and a width of 150 meters, it is one of the largest in Europe .

Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany 

Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany

This castle is a 19th century mansion, located on a solid hill in Bavaria , Germany . The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a refuge and was opened to the paying public soon after his death in 1886. More than 1.3 million people visit this splendid stronghold every year .

Mont Saint-Michel – France 

Mont Saint-Michel - France

Mont Saint-Michel is located on a rocky island in Normandy, about 1km from the coast . The highest point on the island is 92 meters above sea level.  This sanctuary, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site , is visited by more than 3 million people every year. The sanctuary’s stunning architecture helps make it the busiest tourist site in all of Normandy.

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