Who needs some inspiration? Wondering where to go next or what to see? If you are anywhere near these castles I definitely recommend going….. So that we can live vicariously through you. No No I am joking. Sort of. In all honesty these would great additions to anyones trips, or if you live not far then maybe a day or weekend trip? Check out these amazing castles.

1. Matsumo Castle

The Matsumo Castle is flatland castle located in Matsumo, Nagano. It is the oldest castle in Japan. It was not used for people to live in like many castles, it was actually mainly used for military. That is why it has a moat surrounding it (as a defensive measure). This beautiful historical architecture is not something you’d want to miss out on if you care nearby.

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2. Alnwick Castle AKA “Hogwarts Castle”

Yes, who doesn’t know the infamous Hogwarts Castle? Here’s a hint it is featured in the popular film series Harry Potter. It is located in Alnwick, Northcumberland in England, it is the second largest castle in England. It has beautiful gardens you can stroll through when they have a visiting season during the summer. Throughout the year it is the home of the current Duke and his family. Take the opportunity to visit it and show us the pictures.

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3. Chateau de Versailles AKA “Palace of Versailles”

The Palace of Versailles is absolutely stunning located in Versailles, France. Home of the French monarchy and government the Palace of Versailles couldn’t be richer in history. As the home for French royalty for centuries it is obviously decorated accordingly throughout, from the game rooms to the ballrooms. It is one that needs to be on everyones “Must Do List”.

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4. Chateau de Chambord

The Chateau de Chambord was built in 1519 with with French Renaissance architecture. This castle is located in Chambord, France. It is also open to the public year round, which is a perk to many travelers. This Castle’s roof and exterior is enough to make your jaw drop in itself. I’ll let the picture speak for me.

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5. Neuschwanstein Castle

The breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle also know as “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle” is located in Bavaria, Germany. The castle was built in a Romanesque style, actually completed in 1882. The interior they used Byzantine and Gothic architecture. It is visited by an estimated 1.3 million people per year if not more. The summer is definitely the peak season with as many as 6,000 visitors from all over the world daily. Is was home to Ludwig II who paid for the entire building himself! It is a sight to see by anyone.

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