10 Storybook Castles for the Perfect European Vacation
From Scandinavian spires to medieval Portuguese fortresses, here are some of our favorite royal architectural wonders.
A trip to Europe is never complete without a visit to one of its many legendary castles. From Prussian palaces to the multi-spired structure that initially inspired Disneyland, there is old royalty far beyond the gardens of Versailles. From Scandinavia to south of Austria (and far beyond), many of these often-overlooked castles also come free of big queues. More than just a fairytale getaway from the everyday, these structures trace political and cultural history over centuries. They also showcase stunning interior design from a bygone era, with twinkling crystal chandeliers, velvet furniture, and antique china often imported from the farthest-flung corners of the world.
DEPARTURES culls 10 of our favorite must-see European castles, from the popular and well-trod to a few lesser-known gems.