Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen, Denmark  

Another thing that makes Copenhagen cool is this bizarre and beautiful place, the Church of our Saviour. Not the most exciting (or memorable) name, but when you say that “spiral church,” everyone knows exactly what you mean.

Facades in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is not a city that is afraid to be colourful. The Danes regularly rate themselves as one of the happiest populations across the globe, and a walk through the bright, clean and colourful streets of Copenhagen will convince you.

Danish Sugar Factory, Copenhagen, Denmark

Red clay brick walls line the Port of Copenhagen and the Inner Harbour in Denmark’s infamous Christianshavn district. Now abandoned, the building was once part of De Danske Sukkerfabrikker, later Danisco Sugar and now Nordic Sugar, founded in 1989.

Svenska Gustafskyrkan Church, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Svenska Gustafskyrkan Church, or in English, the Swedish Church. In Denmark. Located on the moat banks of the Kastellet, a 17th century star fortress adjoined to the city walls tasked with the protection of Copenhagen.

Colourful Streets of Riga, Latvia

Riga is an easy place to wander and explore – Art Nouveau architecture rears up randomly throughout the city, narrow alleys wrap themselves around unique buildings, small streets open up into large squares home to impressive churches, guildhalls, markets, mansions and other magnificent edifices.

Bruges Canals, Belgium

Bruges is a truly fairytale place (thanks, In Bruges). Quaint canals are lined romantic facades, graceful weeping willows, cosy cafés and lovely quays. Canals are crossed with romantic bridges – of which each one is different from the same as the next.

Hallgrímskirkja Church, Iceland

Is it a spaceship? A torpedo? Or just a really unusual church? One of Reykjavik’s – and Iceland’s – most iconic landmarks, the ultra modern Hallsgrimkirkja Church in downtown Reykjavik is somehow also reminiscent of the dramatic and bizarre worlds found inside of the Icelandic Sagas.

Hidden Glen in Sligo, Ireland

Spellbinding stone walls rise up some 60 feet on either side of this narrow chasm deep in a magical woodland. Forget rose-coloured glasses – the verdant ferns and thick green leaves of the Hidden Glen make it feel like you’re seeing the world through emerald shades.

Gargoyles on Dijon Cathedral, France

Gargoyles have long held both the fascination and horror of their audiences. While the original purpose was simply to drain water away from a wall, they quickly evolved into displaying grotesque and fantastical designs.

Mermaid of Warsaw, Poland

No matter which legend you favour, the Warsaw Mermaid remains the city’s symbol and protector, and there is a small but lovely statue in her honour in the centre of the Stary Miasto (Old Town square) for visitors to pay homage to the city’s protector. 

Misty Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Rising stoically out of the mist is the majestic white turrets of Neuschwanstein Castle. Of all of Germany’s fairy tale castles, Neuschwanstein Castles wins gold for fairytale extravagance.

Curraghchase Manor, Ireland

Shuttered, dark, and eerie, this once-elegant manor strikes an odd contrast with the surrounding cheery, green estate-turned-park.

My Castles

Below find a list of every castle I have visited in some capacity. Those with blog posts have been linked – check back to find new linked posts! Please feel free to leave a comment with questions, recommendations, or simply reminisces about any of Europe’s amazing castles!  Included, find a mix of castles, palaces, forts, […]