Flashlights & Torches

These ancient castles chant the killing and romance of Europe

A few days ago, a 19 -year -old Italian girl Luo Davica Sannzaro uploaded his life photos on the social media platform, which attracted the attention of netizens. She and her parents live in the castle in central Italy. The castle was built in the 12th century and has passed the 28th generation. They live a comfortable modern life in the castle, and they can explore history from time to time and discover the past story of the castle. Nowadays, most of the castles are opened as tourist attractions, or museums displayed in history, or high -end hotels and restaurants, and these 20 castles are the best keys for tourists to start the European trip.

Rawadino Castle


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The castle near Sonopol was inlaid on the blue sky canvas, touching the clouds, and the stone wall shone shining under the sunlight. As the light transformed, it passed on a rich mood, as if coming from fairy tale. This medieval -style castle is made of 20,000 tons of stone, surrounded by trimmed gardens. When visiting here, you can meet the peacocks that walk freely, the black swan swimming in the lake, and the exquisite sculptures and design are elegant everywhere. There are even zoos, art galleries and brewery in the manor, and the estate. The room of the castle is filled with animal specimens, armor, and carved wooden furniture. Castle is also a popular place for wedding rituals.


Edinburgh Castle



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Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous landscapes in Edinburgh, and it can be seen in its majestic figure almost in any position in the old town. The castle is built on the top of the dead volcanic rock at a height of 135 meters above sea level. It is a cliff on three sides. The history of the castle can be traced back to the 12th century. Many royal members have lived here, including the former King of Scotland Malcol III and his wife San Margaret. The tribute to the late queen is also the oldest part of the Edinburgh Castle site. Today, Edinburgh Castle has been opened as a tourist attraction and has a military museum inside, which preserves many rare weapon devices, which is worth visiting.


Blaide Castle


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Blaide Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia. It is located on the cliffs of 130 meters on the side of Lake Brad, overlooking the sparkling water and dense forests. Essence The castle has been renovated many times during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which combines a variety of styles. The oldest part of the existing existing is its Roman -style tower. There is a museum inside the castle that shows the cultural relics and history of the castle. Visitors can see how the Gutngbao printing machine works here. In addition to the museum, there are quite good restaurants and cafes in the castle.

Hhenvilfen Castle


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When you come to Virfen by train, the first scene to notice must be the castle standing on the top of the hill, Huo Hengvilfen Castle. It is located at the intersection of several highways, overlooking the nearby mountains. In the music movie “The Voice of Music”, Maria’s background when Teaching children to sing on the lawn is Horroville Finao. It was built in 1077 and has been renovated several years. From the original simple wooden structure to today’s solid brick and tile structure, it has undergone a lot of changes. Initially, the castle was a defensive fortress during combat, and was later used as prisons, training camps, etc. It is currently a castle for tourists to adventure, which collects all kinds of weapons left over from the war over the years.

Frederican Palace



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The Frederickburg Palace is located in the northern part of Copenhagen. It is one of the largest Renaissance dwellings in the Nakamian Peninsula. It is known as the “Palace of Danish”. The castle originally belonged to a private manor of Danish nobleman. It was later seen and replaced by the king Frederick II. However, the scale of the castle at that time was very small. After the king of Christian IV ascended the throne, it expanded the Frederican in the 17th century to make it initially take shape and become the palace of the royal family. The castle was ransacked by war and fire, but was later rebuilt. Today, it is the location of the National History Museum. Many royal supplies and a large number of art collections are preserved for tourists to visit.

Alhan Bula Palace


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The Archanta Palace, located in Granada, Spain, was built between 1238 and 1358. It was a masterpiece of the Moore who lived here at the time. It was the Royal Palace of the Moore. The name “Archantla” comes from an Arabic phrase, which means “red castle”. Its red walls and tower are set against the lush woods around. Essence The Alhambra Palace is not an independent building, but a fortress complex. It consists of a castle, several courts and halls, and a series of peripheral buildings. It has exquisite gardens and many beautiful sidewalks and fountains. After 1492, it gradually began to be deserted, and then it was repaired with the funding of Ferdinand VII to restore the original style.

Pena Palace


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The Palace of Pena is the residence of the Portuguese royal family. Its creamy yellow turrets and brick -red tower stands on the Holly Hills in the suburbs of Lisben. They are surrounded by green trees and are beautiful. It was built in 1840 and completed in 1885. The palace merged a variety of architectural styles. The Gothic, Renaissance, Moore, and Manuel style were all included. Ferdinand, the husband of Maria II’s husband. Touring Pena Palace is like reading a rich story book. Those hidden paths that pass through the forest, elegant arched ceiling, and exquisite tiles are fascinating. The inside of the palace is magnificent, and the most beautiful is the swan hall. The ceiling is painted with a group of swans wearing crown.


Leeds Castle

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Leeds Castle is located in the Lun River Valley east of Modeston, Kenteshire, England. It is quietly reflected in the beautiful river water, surrounded by about 2 square kilometers of green space. This castle has a history of several centuries. The new kings of all ages like to give Leeds Castle to the queen to live, and this old castle has a bit of elegant ladylike atmosphere, known as the “queen’s castle”. The castle has gone through the ransy of war and many renovations. Some buildings also preserve the appearance of the Middle Ages as defense. Later, the owner of the castle added a maze, bird house, herbal medicine garden, observation deck, etc. according to his preferences, etc. There are even modern cinemas and pools.




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King Ludwig II of Bavaria built a new Swanbao as his private residence in the 19th century. The castle is located on the top of the mountain, and the large -area snow -white wall makes it look like a residence in the world from heaven. Turn from the climbing trail behind the castle to the right, climb all the way up the logo, and you can reach the Maryne Bridge. This is the best viewpoint of admiring the New Swanbao. It is said that the king often walks on the Mariene Bridge at dusk, overlooking this beautiful work condensed by his own efforts. He also likes to watch the lights of the lobby’s lights, add a warm and dreamy atmosphere to the castle. Unlike many ancient castles, the internal facilities after the completion of the new Swanbao are actually very modern, equipped with a central heating system, and even connected to the telephone line.

Dehar Castle



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Dehar Castle is the largest and most luxurious castle in the Netherlands. It has historical records as early as 1391. However, the castle that everyone can see today was rebuilt in 1892. It took more than 20 years to slowly repair it. After several architects And the hand of craftsman. Dhar Castle is a Gothic style building. The castle is surrounded by the moat. The red city wall is set off with a green tree. The blue spire is straight into the clouds. Essence There are 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms in the castle, which are decorated with exquisite woodcarves and exhibited some precious collections, including porcelain from China and Flander tapestry and paintings.


Weian Deng Castle


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We’an Deng Castle was built on the Roman Castle site, including a small church that dates back to the 12th century. There are many owners of different backgrounds. After a owner starts to sell it, the castle turns into ruins, but fortunately, it returned to the hands of the Luxembourg royal family in the 19th century. Today’s gorgeous wooden restaurants are loved by tourists.

Mosna Castle



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Mosna Castle has 365 rooms and 99 turrets. If you are willing to live here, you can live in different rooms every day, and it is not heavy for a year. The castle was built in the 17th century. In the following years, due to the influence of the war, its indoor furniture was greatly damaged, but it was repaired since then. After the Second World War, it was also used as a hospital for a short time, and now it is an art gallery.

Gripsholm Castle




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Not far from Stockholm to the west, you can reach the Town of Mary Fred, where the Greepus Holm Castle is located. The castle was built by the then King of Sweden Gustav Vasa in 1537. It was used as an official residence by the Swedish royal family in the 18th century, and since then became a museum. In addition to a large number of furniture and interior decorations, many valuable art works are also collected here.

Perosh Castle


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The Peros Castle was built in the 19th century. At that time, the King of Romanian Karol I loved the Karba Mountains very much. He hoped to build a summer resort here, so the Peros Castle was built. There are more than 170 rooms in the castle, which are filled with exquisite design furniture. The interior decoration is complex and gorgeous. From the Florence -style room to the colorful Turkish living rooms, it presents different styles.



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Cranburg is the most famous castle in Denmark. It is located in an important strategic location at the top of the Strait of Ole. It can overlook the Baltic Sea on the castle. It is one of the best Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Shakespeare has made it a background of “Hamlet” to make it more famous. Since 1420, the castle has been burned and rebuilt many times, and has been used as a royal residence, prison, and even garrison. Now it has become a museum and will hold Shakespeare Festival every summer.

Olava Castle


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Olava Castle is located on the rock overlooking the Olava River. Like most Slovak Castle, it was built on the 13th century fortress site to protect the road to Poland. It is an important military center in the region. The castle has 154 rooms, and the complex gate, tunnel and underground channel system connect each part of the castle.

Xiyong Castle


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Xi Yong Castle is located on an island on the edge of Lake Geneva and is one of the most popular historical relics in Switzerland. The history of this castle can be traced back to the 11th century. Since the 13th century, there have been prisons in the castle. François de Bonivard is the most “famous” prisoner in the prison. If You have read “Xiyong’s Prisoner” and you will not be unfamiliar with him.

Mirama Lei Castle


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This dreamy castle was built in the 19th century, overlooking the Riyaster Bay in northeastern Italy. The Austrian Duke of the Habsburg family designed and built for him and his family, and opened as a tourist attraction in 1955. The current castle is a museum, and all rooms inside retain the original furniture and decorations for tourists to visit.

Prague Castle


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Located on the hills next to the Czech Voltawa River, Prague Castle was founded in the 9th century. It was originally hosted by a prince of Prague, and was repeatedly reconstructed, decorated and improved by architects and artists. The artistic essence and architectural style of the period, like a “living” architectural textbook, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At present, the building cluster covers an area of ​​about 70,000 square meters. It has Gothic St. Vitt Cathedral and several other churches. In the internal halls, Rococo -style decorations, huge arches, branches chandeliers and entire walls Mirror. The Rudao gallery located in the castle not only decorated gorgeous, but also collected many priceless paintings. The castle used to be the king’s palace in the past, and now the Czech president is where foreign heads are receiving foreign heads.

Buda Castle


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Buda Castle is one of the important landmarks of Budapest. It was originally built in the 13th century and then expanded and renovated multiple times in the next two centuries. Until today, the castle continues various renovation and maintenance. Buda Castle is now the location of several important museums and galleries in Hungary, including the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Art Museum.