We know that we no longer live in the dark ages, but that doesn’t mean we cannot appreciate castles and other beautiful relics that have survived through the centuries.
All over the world, you can find empires and castles that all have their own unique features; some are on mountaintops, others float above the water, and some are hidden in forests. It was necessary that Medieval castles were durable, functional, and beautiful.
Here are our top 6 castles to visit on your next Cottagecore adventure!
Eltz Castle, Germany
Eltz Castle is one of the most heavily-photographed castles in the world. Sitting atop a hill, surrounded by a thick forest, this castle can feel mysterious and eerie – almost otherworldly. Having been in its fair share of conflict over the centuries, this Medieval castle has stood the test of time, and the Eltz family has possession of the castle to this day.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
This Scottish castle is beautiful. Atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle overlooks the capital of Scotland. At the time of its construction, castles were strategically placed, so their location allowed soldiers and citizens to see the enemy from afar. Edinburgh Castle is a top attraction for tourists, and its history is fascinating.
Bran Castle, Romania
If you want to visit a castle, the Bran Castle in Romania is a MUST. Many believe the castle is directly linked to Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, but there are no real ties. Sitting atop a former Teutonic Knights stronghold from the 13th century, the castle only appeared in documents from 1377. Overlooking the village of Bran, the castle sits 2500 feet above sea level and is surrounded by trees. Guests have the chance to wander through narrow stairways into 60-timbered rooms, many of which are connected by underground passages.
Kilkenny Castle, Ireland
This signature Anglo-Norman stone castle began as a wooden fort during the 12th century before going through many changes. To this day, you can witness the various architectural styles that have been added over the centuries – though, it is mostly Gothic Revival. Surrounded by vast gardens, this castle is one of historic magnificence.
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
One of the most-visited locations in Slovakia, the Bojnice Castle is romantic and seemingly from a fairytale. Built in the 12th century, and restored in the 19th, this castle is perched on a travertine hill and now features an artistic and historical museum. In last spring, they also host a Festival of Ghosts and Spooks!
Hluboká Castle, Czech Republic
The Hluboká Castle in the Czech Republic is among one of the most romantic places to visit in the world; built during the Middle Ages as a military stronghold, this Gothic castle is now seen as romantic and magical. Build in the 13th century, the castle expanded during the Renaissance, and was rebuilt into a Baroque castle before it was rebuilt to res