23 Breathtaking Castles That Will Make You Wish You Were In A Different Century

"MTV Cribs" has nothing on these.

Castles are the stuff of centuries past (or Hollywood adaptations of fantasy books). The only real chance most us get to see one up close is typically while on vacation, if at all. 

Though once built as offense and defense fortresses against pesky enemies, today, they have become magnificent structures for us to gaze at in awe. We hope you're ready to let your imagination soar: here are some of the most beautiful castles left standing around the world.


1. Peleş Castle, Romania

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2. Matsumoto Castle, Japan

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3. Alcázar de Segovia, Spain

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4. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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5. Sidon Sea Castle, Lebanon

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6. Castle Howard, England

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7. Catherine Palace, Russia

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8. Neuchâtel Castle, Switzerland

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9. Rumeli Hisarı, Turkey

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10. Conwy Castle, Wales

11. Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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12. Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

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13. Himeji Castle, Japan

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14. Château de Chambord, France

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15. Eltz Castle, Germany

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16. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

17. Fortress of Guaita, San Marino

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18. Mont Saint Michel, France

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19. Château de Chillon, Switzerland

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20. Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

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21. Bodiam Castle, England

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22. Castillo de Belmonte, Spain

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23. Festung Hohensalzburg, Austria

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