Top 6 World Castles That Will Amaze You
At time the castles were someone’s home, families and destinies were happening in there, but today they are either turned into museums or hotels that have one thing in mind – to attract as many tourists and visitors as possible per year. If you happen to be a curious traveler who likes castles these places should get on your visit list. Besides the interesting stories about the owner who is dead for centuries, there you can see how life was going on in the past centuries and there is nothing more interesting and scary at the same time – You will see old furniture, old portraits and intact architecture that are enduring time.
#1. Castle Frankenstein
The name got you right ahead, hasn’t it? It is unknown whether this German castle had an influence on Mary Shelley when she wrote the famous novel of the same name. But there is no doubt, that this place has had an interesting past. It was built over 800 years ago it has served as a hospital, tourist attraction, and allied base in World War II. Today it is just a castle that is on the tourist maps. It is located in the Odenwald overlooking the city of Darmstadt in Germany.
#2. Crac des Chevaliers
Now you didn’t even think that a castle might have existed in Syria, did you? Yes, this crusader castle was built there and T.E. Lawrence once described it as the “best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world. It was built as part of a series of castles intended to secure the Homs Gap and played a major role in coastal defense for the Crusaders. The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a the Kurds and it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the “Castle of the Kurds”. In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. It remained in their possession until it fell in 1271. It became known as Crac de l’Ospital; the name Crac des Chevaliers was coined in the 19th century. The castle sits atop a 650-metre (2,130 ft) high hill east of Tartus, Syria, in the Homs Gap.
#3. Arg-é Bam
Another castle in a extraordinary place. This huge and magnificent castle is situated in Bam, Iran. It is listed and protected by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site “Bam and its Cultural Landscape”. The origin of this huge citadel on the Silk Road goes back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). The bam citadel is the world’s largest adobe structure. Historians believe that it was was built around 500BC and remained in use up until 1850AD. The building is pretty strong and remains in good condition till this day but the reason of its abandonment is not known.
#4. Löwenburg Castle
The name in translation means “Lion’s Castle” and this was the 18th Century version of Disney World (just look at the towers and the shape of the entire building). It was constructed to intentionally look like an ancient ruin but it was destroyed in the Second World War and became what it was imagined to be – a ruin. But since the World War II it was reconstructed and certain parts were rebuilt in order to attract tourists. It is located in the municipality of Murten of the Canton of Fribourg in Switzerland.
#5. Mont Saint-Michelle
This lovely castle peacefully lies on the the coast of Normandy, on a small island. The interesting thing about this castle is the tides. While at high tide the only way to get to Saint-Michel is to either swim or cross the narrow causeway connecting it to the mainland, and at low tide you can actually walk across the exposed sand bars. But unfortunately tourist who weren’t informed that the tide comes really quickly, have drowned because they tried to swim to the castle. Today there is road that leads you directly to the castle, but in the past the tide thing was really helpful to the people who lived in the castle, because it was protecting them from unwanted visitors.
#6. Château de Versailles
If you have ever been to Paris then you must have visited this gracious baroque building in which the French kings and queens were living. When this chateau was constructed in Versailles it was only a tiny village (if you ever go there you will see that it takes some bus or car ride to get there but it’s not too far). Today, , it has become a Parisian suburb and the Chateau de Versailles has become one of the most visited castles in Europe. The gardens of the castle are probably as big as a large city park and the interior consists really well preserved beds, tables, portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis 14. Don’t miss it if you go in Paris, but try to get your tickets earlier because there are thousands of tourists a day and you might not get your chance to get inside.