20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in

The architects of the Middle
Ages were geniuses. They built castles which combined astounding opulence and a
rare practicality. The fact that many of them still stand today despite war,
the ravages of the elements and the carelessness of their owners says much
about their design. At the same time, many of them are astoundingly beautiful,
looking as if they appeared on this Earth straight out of an ancient tale of
knights and princesses.
Here are the 20 most
awe-inspiring castles which have been left to us by our ancestors. You only
have to look at them to know you’d happily live in them until the end of your
days.
Reichsburg Cochem, Germany

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
This thousand-year-old castle
was originally built as the residence of the German King Konrad III. It was burned
down by the French in 1689, and could well have disappeared into history, but
luckily it was acquired by a German businessman in 1868 and restored.
Mont Saint-Michel, France

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
The impregnable fortress of
Mont Saint-Michel, surrounded on all sides by the sea, is one of the most
popular attractions in France after Paris. Built in the year 709, it’s never
lost any of its splendour.
Hochosterwitz Castle, Austria

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
Hochosterwitz Castle was built
in the ninth century. Its towers have stared out at the surrounding world since
then from a height of 160 metres above the Earth. When the weather is clear, it
can be admired from as much as 30 km away.
Bled Castle, Slovenia

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
This castle sits on top of a
100-metre high cliff, staring down menacingly at the Bled lake. Aside from the
incredible view which can be seen out of its windows, the place has a rich
history. It used to be the residence of the Serbian royal family, and was once
occupied by Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito.
Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
This castle sits atop Mount
Hohenzollern — 2,800 metres above sea level. In its heyday it was the residence
of the Prussian kings.

Castillo de San Servando,
Spain

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
The Castillo de San Servando,
in the Spanish province of Toledo, was built in the 15th century by a local
nobleman. For 100 years it was home to some soldiers in the possession of some
powerful artillery.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
This romantic castle was built
at the order of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the middle of the 19th century.
Even at the time it was considered extravagant. Strange as it may seem, its
design is said to been the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle at
Disneyland.
Castle in Methoni, Greece

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
The Venetian-style castle of
Methoni has been the epicentre of many battles, as well as the last outpost of
Europeans in their struggles against the Turks, since its construction in the
14th century.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
This fortress was built by a
family of knights in the region of Schwangau, Germany, in the 12th century. It
has served as the official residence of a large number of rulers, including
Ludwig II, who met received the world-famous composer Richard Wagner within its
walls.
Château de Chillon,
Switzerland

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
This medieval fortress is
reminiscent of a battleship. With its rich history and unusual appearance, it
has served as the inspiration for many famous writers. In the 16th century it
was used as a prison, described by George Byron in his poem ’The Prisoner of
Chillon’.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
This castle, located on a
rocky island in Loch Duich, is one of the most romantic locations in Scotland,
famous for its honey made from heather as well as numerous legends. Many films
have been shot here and its open to the public.
Bodiam Castle, England

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
From the moment it was founded
in the 14th century, Bodiam Castle has seen many different owners, almost all
of whom seemed to love making war. When it was acquired by Lord Curzon in 1917,
all that was left were ruins. Fortunately, it was restored quickly, and now
looks as good as new.
Guaita Fortress, San Marino

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
Built in the 11th century on
the summit of the near insurmountable Monte Titano, this castle along with two
other towers defends the ancient state of San Marino.
The Swallow’s Nest, Crimea

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
Initially, on the Cape of
Ai-Todor there was just a plain wooden house. Now, the Swallow’s Nest got its
appearance thanks to the German oil millionaire Baron von Steingel, who loved
holidaying in Crimea. He decided to build a romantic castle reminiscent of
those built on the banks of the river Rhine in the Middle Ages.
Castle Stalker, Scotland

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in 
Castle Stalker was built in
1320 and belonged to the MacDougall Clan. Since that time it has lived through
a huge amount of war and strife, which has told upon the condition of the
castle. In 1965, it was bought by Colonel D. R. Stuart, who restored it with
the help of his family and friends.
Bran Castle, Romania

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
Bran Castle is a jewel of
Transylvania. This secretive place gave birth to the legend of Dracula, who
would supposedly spend the night here during his lifetime.
Vyborg Castle, Russia

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
Vyborg Castle was founded by
the Swedes in 1293 during one their crusades into Karelia. It remained in
Scandinavian hands until 1710, when the troops of Peter I of Russia drove the
Swedes out. Since then it has served as a storehouse, a barracks, and a prison.
Now it’s a museum.
The Rock of Cashel, Ireland

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
Several hundred years before
the Norman invasion, this was the residence of the king of Ireland. Saint
Patrick lived and taught here in the 5th century. Its walls bore witness to the
bloody repressions of the English Civil War carried out by Oliver Cromwell’s
troops. It is now seen locally as a symbol of the cruelty of the English
soldiers of that time and the courage of the Irish.
Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
The beautiful and somewhat
eerie ruins of Kilchurn castle lie on the banks of Lock Awe. Unlike many other
castles in Scotland, it has had a relatively untroubled history. In 1769, it
was struck by lightning, and since then has been left to sit in peace.
Lichtenstein Castle, Germany

20 awe-inspiring castles which you would definitely want to live in
Built in the 12th century,
this castle destroyed several times. It was fully restored in 1884, and in the
twentieth century was used as a setting for many films.







SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.