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, fortresses, manors, follies, chateaux, tower houses, fortified citadels, barbicans, fortified abbeys, brochs, domaines and mansions. These may be public or private; ruins or fully intact; museums, hotels, private residences or left to abandon. They may have been built for defensive purposes, as habitations, or simply to look amazing. This is not meant to be a subject for debate, as my definition here is quite broad.

Feel free to recommend others!

AUSTRIA

Hohensalzburg – Salzburg

Burg Kreuzenstein – Leobendorf

Belvedere Palace – Vienna

Hofburg Palace – Vienna

 

BELGIUM

Gravensteen – Ghent

Het Steen – Antwerp

 

CROATIA

Lovrijenac or St. Lawrence Fortress  Dubrovnik

Diocletian’s Palace – Split

 

CZECH

Prague Castle

 

DENMARK

Rosenborg Palace – Copenhagen

 

ENGLAND

Corfe Castle – near Poole & Southampton

Blenheim Palace – Woodstock, north of Oxford

Kenilworth Castle – Kenilworth, south of Coventry

Buckingham Palace – London

Broadway Tower – between Worcester & Oxford

Wolvesey Castle – Winchester

Tower of London – England

Sham Castle – Bath

 

ESTONIA

Toompea Loss -Tallinn

 

FRANCE (fyi I lived here from 2013-2017)

Château de Murol – Auvergne

Château de Chenanceau – Loire Valley

Château de Blois – Loire Valley

Château de Chambord – Loire Valley

Carcassonne – Pyrenees

Château des Adhemar – Montellimar

Château Saint Saturnin – Auvergne

Château de Saint-Amant-Tallende – Auvergne

Château de Cremieu – Rhone (near Lyon)

Chateau de Montmelas – Rhone (near Lyon)

Chateau de la Batie – Vienne

Château d’Annecy – Annecy – Savoy (near the French Alps)

Chateau de Menthon – near Annecy

Château de Châteauvieux Duingt – Annecy

Château de la Batisse – Auvergne

Château de Chazeron – Auvergne

Château de Val – Auvergne

Château de Ravel – Auvergne

Château de Largentière – Ardèche

Château de Montreal – Ardèche

Château de Baluzac – Ardèche

Château de Chantelauze – Auvergne

Château de Vimy – Rhone

Palace of the Popes – Avignon

Château Saint-Gérald – Givors (near Lyon)

Domaine de Lacroix Laval – near Lyon

Chateau de la Motte in Parc Blandon – in Lyon

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval – France

Domaine de Vavril – Beaujolais

Chateau de Ternand – Beaujolais

Chateau de Bagnols – Beaujolais

Chateau de Vitré – Bretagne

Mont Saint Michel – Bretagne

Fort de Bé & others in St Malo – Bretagne

Chateau de Saumar – Loire

Chateau d’Ussé – Loire

Chateau d’Azay le Rideau – Loire

Chateau Chinon – Loire

Abbey de Fontevraud – Loire

Chateau d’Angers – Loire

Fortified Church of Pérouges – Rhône

 

GERMANY

Schloss Neuschwanstein – Fussen

Schloss Hohenschwangau – Fussen; next to Neuschwanstein

Schloss Heidelberg

Schloss Hohenzollern – near Stuttgart

Neue Schloss – Stuttgart

 

HUNGARY

Buda Castle – Budapest (cheating a bit: this pic is the Fisherman’s Bastion, next to the castle)

Vajdahunyad Castle – Budapest

 

IRELAND (fyi I currently live here since 2017)

Bunratty Castle – near Limerick

Beagh Castle – near Limerick

Dublin Castle – Dublin

Ross Castle – Killarney National Park, Co Kerry

Curraghchase Manor – Forest Park near Limerick

King John’s Castle – Limerick

Desmond Castle – Adare, near Limerick

Birr Castle – Co Offaly

Markree Castle – Collooney, Co Sligo

Glenveagh Castle -Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal

Parkes Castle – Lough Gill, Co Leitrim

Mount Falcon Estate – Co Mayo

Kilronan Castle – Co Roscommon

Classiebawn Castle – Mullaghemore, Co Sligo

Knappogue Castle – Co Clare

Lough Rynn Castle – Co Leitrim

Ballynahinch Castle – Connemara, Co Mayo

Augnanure Castle – Connemara, Co Galway

Rosslea Castle – Easkey, Co Sligo

Lough Key Castle – Co Roscommon

Cloontykilla Castle – Co Roscommon

Moygara Castle – Co Sligo

Castlebaldwin – Co Sligo

Roscommon Castle – Co Roscommon

Rindoon Castle and & Walled Settlement – Co Roscommon

Manorhamiliton Castle – Co Leitrim

Trim Castle – Co Meath

Cahir Castle – Co Tipperary

Lismore Castle – Co Waterford

Delvin Castle – Co Westmeath

Roscrea Castle – Co Tipperary

Cloghar Stone Fort – Co Sligo

Minard Castle – Dingle

 

ITALY

Tures Castle – Dolomites of Sud Tyrol 

Sforza Castle – Milan

Brunico Castle – Dolomites of Sud Tyrol

Fenis Castle – Aosta Valley (near Torino)

Aosta Castle – Aosta Valley (near Torino)

Beseno Castle – Dolomites, Sud Tyrol

Castello Svevo – Bari

 

LATVIA

Sigulda New Castle – Gauja River Valley

Sigulda Old Castle – Gauja River Valley

Turaida Castle – near Sigulda, Gauja River Valley

Krimulda Castle – near Sigulda, Gauja River Valley

 

LIETCHSTEIN

Schloss Vaduz

Schloss Gutenburg – Balzers

 

LITHUANIA

Trakai Castle – near Vilnius

Gediminas Tower Gediminas Tower – Vilnius

 

NORTHERN IRLAND

Dunseverick Castle – Co Antrim

Dunluce Castle – Co Antrim

Castle Caldwell – Co Fermanagh

Killyleagh Castle – Co Down

Belfast Castle – Belfast

Carrickfergus – Co Antrim

Clough Castle – Co Antrim

Shane’s Castle – Co Antrim

Enniskillen Castle – Co Fermanagh

 

NORWAY

Bergenhus Fortress – Bergen

 

POLAND

Zamek Malbork – near Gdansk and the Baltic Sea

Zamek Torun – Torun

Kazimierz Dolny Castle – Eastern Poland

Zamek Lubelski – Lublin (near Ukraine)

Zamek Wawel – Krakow

Warsaw Barbican – Warsaw

Royal Palace – Warsaw

Jabłonna Palace – near Warsaw

 

PORTUGAL

Castel de Mouros – Sintra

Pena Castle – Sintra

Quinta de la Regelaria – Sintra

São Jorge Castle – Lisbon

Tower de Belem – Lisbon

 

ROMANIA

Fargaras Castle – Transylvania

Rasnov Fortress – near Brasov

Bran Castle – near Brasov

Brasov Castle, Brasov

Corvin’s Castle – Hunedoara

Rupea Castle – Transylvania

Biertan Fortified Church – near Sighisoara

Peles Castle – Wallachia

Palace of the Parliament – Bucharest

 

RUSSIA

Hermitage / The Winter Palace – St Petersburg

Catherine Palace – Pushkin (outside St Petersburg)

 

SCOTLAND

Dunnattor Castle – Stonehaven (near Aberdeen)

St Andrew’s Castle – St Andrew’s (near Edinburgh)

Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh

Inverness Castle  – Inverness

Dun Carloway Broch – Isle of Lewis (Hebrides)

Eilean Donan Castle

Urquehart Castle – Loch Ness

Waternish Peninsula Brochs – Isle of Skye

Dun Telve Brocks – near Isle of Skye

 

SLOVAKIA

Bratislava Castle – Bratislava

 

SPAIN

Castillo de Peniscola – Comm. Valencia (photo of the view)

Castillo de Sagunto – Comm. Valencia

Alcázar de Segovia – Comm. Madrid

Castillo de San Servando – Toledo

Castillo de Xativa – Comm. Valencia

Palacio Real de Aranjuez – Comm. Madrid

Semi-fortified monastery of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe – Basque County

 

SWITZERLAND

Chateau de Chillon – Montreux (near Lausanne)

 

SWEDEN

Stockholm Royal Palace – Stockholm

 

WALES

Cardiff Castle