Location: Bavaria Germany The most famous of all the castles in the world is Neuschwanstein. It sits on the top of a mountain in Bavaria Germany. It was a project undertaken by King Ludwig II (Often called Mad Ludwig) The foundation stone for the castle was laid in 1869 and this marked the official beginning of the building process. The castle was considered completed in 1880 and King Ludwig moved in in 1884.
This castle is one of the rare world structures that is being seriously considered for the new 7 wonders of the modern world along with the Statue of Liberty and the Great Wall of China.
Krak des Chevaliers
Krak des Chevaliers means Fortress of Knights! Location: Syria - This is a little known yet very famous castle that played a substantial role during the crusades. It is located in a very strategic point and has a long history of sieges and unsuccessful sieges. Learn more about it on my webpage here (and see more pictures) Krak des Chevaliers
Location: Thames River England This is the castle that epitomizes "Royalty" and although this is the largest and most famous of all the currently inhabited castles (currently Queen Elizabeth II lives in Windsor castle) It is more than just a fancy place for a King or a Queen to live. This castle has had a long history. It has been rebuilt and added to over the centuries and the first castle on the site was built from wood and dirt by William the Conquerer. Castles have evolved over the centuries growing from a place for offense then to a place for defense then finally a place for royalty to live. And this castle has evolved right along with these changing needs. The official website for Windsor Castle
Edinburgh Castle -
Location: Scotland This is the most famous of all the Castles in Scotland and it is built on the remains of an extinct castle. Remains of settlements on this site are dated as far back as 900 BC and the first castle was constructed on this site around the end of the 11th century AD. When you think of Braveheart, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace this is the castle you think of. It is the most famous landmark in all of Scotland (and the most visited). Visit the Official website for Edinburgh Castle Or to see more pictures and posters of this castle check out our Edinburgh castle picture page
Blarney Castle -
Location: Ireland This castle is nearly 600 years old and it is famous predominantly because it is where the famous Blarney Stone is located. The Blarney Stone is the legendary stone of eloquence. Kiss it and you'll never be at a loss for words again. Visit the official Blarney castle website
I have been to this castle and have pictures here: Castles of Ireland
Urquhart Castle -
Location: Loch Ness in Scotland Urquhart Castle is believed to have been in existence since around the 13th Century. This castle has a long and storied history and is directly nvolved in the story that was outlined in the movie Braveheart. This castle was taken by Edward I of England and taken back by Robert the Bruce. Over the centuries Urquhart has been sieged and changed hands several times. Here is a great link with maps and more history of Urquhart Castle
Chateau Gaillard was the crowning achievement of Richard the Lion Hearted as part of his Crusades Campaign. It was sieged and taken by the French in 1204. Read more about this castle and the dramatic siege that took it The Siege of Chateau Gaillard
Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle)
We call It Dracula's Castle but the real name of it is Bran Castle.
The castle is in Romania and is open to the public as a tourist site and museum.
You can learn more about it on it's wikipedia page here
(picture courtesy of Huffer)
Dracula Castle is for sale - A whopping price tag of 140 million dollars. Even if I had the money I wouldn't buy this place! I think it would be bad karma. Read more about the famous castle Dracula's Castle is for sale
The inside and outside of this castle has seen much use in the movies but its biggest claim to fame is that it is used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.
(Picture courtesy of Phil Thomas )
New: The Citadel in Cairo Egypt - This is a magnificent Medieval Fortress dating all the way back to the year 810 It was first transformed into a fortress by Saladin between 1176 and 1183 as a defense against european crusaders. The Citadel
- This is probably the most famous castle that is not really there or never really existed! Let me explain - Tintagel is rumored to be the castle where King Arthur was born. And, well we are not even sure if King Arthur really existed. And not much of the Castle remains today. Anyhoo, this is one of the most visitied sites in Great Britain. I have more about it here: Tintagel Castle
The 2017 Castle Calendars are starting to come out. Yay! I have a selection of them right here: 2017 Castle Calendars
Articles about Specific Medieval Castles
Articles about Medieval Castles in General
Project: Here is a nice little project that you can make. It is a paper medieval castle and it comes with all the instructions and drawings so you can print it out and make it yourself. Easy and fun project with a fact sheet that tells all about the parts of a castle. All you need is some glue and some cereal boxes. Make a Medieval Paper Castle