Today we watch movies and animations to get transported to fairytale type worlds. Where prince charming comes to the rescue, grandmothers have magic wands and the birds in the garden can sew royal attire. It sure does sound like a fantasy, but there's no denying the fact that these tales were perhaps inspired from the medieval days, where iconic castles were home to many extravagant royal celebrations.
Castles have played an important part in history, and today we see a few that have crumbled into the earth but others that are still standing, bold and strong. They have become monumental in portraying history with most becoming museums, showcasing the historical architectural beauty and royal culture.
Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, Denmark
First on the list is the extraordinary Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. Not only does it have the most elaborate gardens, but its architectural beauty is also a sight to see. The Baroque Gardens is what makes this castle particularly famous, its detailed symmetrical design and romantic landscapes is a fantastic sight to see all year round. A number of decorative zinc sculptures can also be found scattered across the property, copies of original sculptures made of sandstone, and were created in the 19th century. The garden is also filled with many optical illusions; landscape architects used this technique in order to make the garden seem larger and longer at certain angles.
Château de Chambord in Chambord, France
Quite popular amongst travelers, the Château de Chambord castle during Christmas time is a celebration you won't want to miss. The fairytale palace during the festive season is decorated with beautiful illuminations lighting up the french gardens and the north facade of the castle. "A timeless moment in an idyllic setting" is what is often said to describe this truly magnificent setting.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
An ancient symbol and important cultural institution of the Czech Republic, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world. With an area of almost 70,000 m², it is home to some of the most unique architectural styles and remains of Romanesque-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications of the 14th century. It is also classified as a World Heritage site, and over time has undergone repairs and reconstructions to ensure that the historical beauty of this masterpiece is kept intact for the many years to come.
Mont Saint-Michel Castle, France
Another one of Europe's unforgettable sights is the Mont Saint-Michel Castle in France. Mysteriously located on an island, the castle has many activities for tourists to enjoy. Special horse-drawn carriage tours are a great way to see the surroundings of the castle, with other museums and religious buildings nearby. The castle is about a four-hour drive from Paris with a short walk on a footbridge bringing you directly to the site.
Bran Castle, Romania
Last but not least, Bran Castle in Romania is another breathtaking building. The castle is about 2500 feet above sea level and peaks out between the surrounding trees. Overlooking the nearby village of Bran, tourists can visit the castle wandering through narrow stairways and explore the many underground passages.
If you've been transported back to your childhood, then I'm glad! Castles, beautiful and magical on the outside but mysterious on the inside is what has always lead the narrative to most fairytales. As we all know, every prince and princess (and their castles) have a story to tell!