7 castles in Europe that should be on your bucket list.


Be it a child or teenager or an adult, these castles around Europe have the power to catch anybody's eye. If you have grown up reading Hans Anderson fairy tales, then here's a list of places where you can live the fantasy that you once dreamt of.

1. Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary

Rising to glory on the banks of river Danube, is the Buda castle. It belonged to the Hungarian kings, and is at its best, at nights. To reach the castle from the Pest side of Budapest, you will have to cross the chain bridge that stretches across the river. Even this walk across the Danube, when the city is well lit, is sure to fill you with delight.

The Buda castle at nights! A treat to the eyes.

Photo of Buda Castle, Budapest, Szent György tér, Hungary by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

...On the same side of the city as the castle, after crossing the chain bridge.

Photo of Budapest, Chain Bridge, Hungary by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

2. Dover Castle, Dover, England

Surrounded by the white cliffs of Dover on one side, the castle is a place of historical significance and natural beauty. It is known for its 3 levels of magnificently engineered tunnels, that played a prominent role in the 2nd world war. The British navy is said to have taken shelter here while resisting the Germans.

Under clear skies, its rooftop even offers panoramic views of the distant French coast.

The ever so pleasant landscape surrounding the Dover castle.

Photo of Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover, United Kingdom by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

3. Prague castle, Prague, Czech Republic

This ancient wonder is currently the residence of the president. It lies on one side of the Vltava, the longest river in Czech. An ideal way to take a tour of the castle would be to start at one end of the Charles Bridge, cross the Vltava and head to the side of the town, where the castle is located.

Once on the other end, flex yourself to climb all the way up to the castle complex. The enticing views from its terrace make the exhausting climb totally worthwhile.

The Prague castle, as seen from one side of the Charles Bridge.

Photo of Prague Castle, Prague 1, Czech Republic by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

The castle's terrace is one perfect place for a picture that you can add to your travel photos! ;)

Photo of 7 castles in Europe that should be on your bucket list. by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

4. Disney castle, Paris, France

Of course I am talking about the one which is in Disneyland. This one is truly straight out of a dream. The rides and a chance to meet your favourite disney characters are a bonus. But mind you, this may not be the least expensive castle that you will visit. After all, your dreams aren't worth nothing, are they?!

The disney Castle. Such a delight.

Photo of Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

5. Guildford castle, Surrey, England

Hidden away in an authentic English countryside like Surrey, this castle is a must visit, especially in spring, when its gardens are in full bloom. The castle grounds scream picnic time. Further, Guildford being a small English town, you can plan an escapade to the nearby cathedral and hills, for a perfect day trip.

When a prince and his princess met at the Guildford castle!

Photo of Guildford Castle, Castle Street, Guildford, United Kingdom by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

6. Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest, Hungary

Built to celebrate some remarkable Hungarian conquests, is the Vajdahunyad castle. The castle grounds are a perfect retreat for those who want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Relax at the Vajdahunyad castle grounds with your loved ones.

Photo of Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest, Vajdahunyad vár, Hungary by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

7. Saint Michaels Mount, Marazion, Cornwall

Although there are cheap ferries that sail back and forth to the castle from Marazion, make sure to plan your visit during tide out times. The pathway from Mount St. Michaels to Marazion, is made accessible only during tide-out. The feeling is a mix of apprehension and joy, when you walk towards land from the middle of the sea. And the experience is one of a kind. You need not fear being swept away, as the timetables are quite reliable.

Also, there is much to explore at the castle. Besides the castle, its unique garden and picnic grounds are also a must visit.

Walk on the ancient cobble way. Sadly, many of its stones got swept away in the 2014 storm.

Photo of Saint Michael's Mount, United Kingdom by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

Hike to the castle at Mount St. Michaels, through its gardens, which are home to some unique flora.

Photo of Saint Michael's Mount, United Kingdom by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

Pack yourself some lunch and dine by the sea side, at the castle grounds for free!

Photo of 7 castles in Europe that should be on your bucket list. by Mahalakshmi Venkatesh

So when are you setting out to live this mix of reality and fairy tales that you grew up with?!

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nice article but you missed the most beautiful castles in Germany!!
Sat 09 10 16, 08:03 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you Nirali. I haven't been to Germany yet. :) Will edit the trip :)
Sat 09 10 16, 21:42 · Report
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