Everyone at some point or the other have wished they had a castle of their own. While being a royalty is just a fantasy for 99% of us, there are and were some who spent decades and a life-time building their empire. Here is the epic list of some of the greatest castles, palaces and forts you can visit in no particular order.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. Christian Jank, a theatrical set designer and not an architect, was the designer of the castle. Public photography is not permitted inside the periphery of Neuschwanstein Castle.However, it is still the most photographed building in Germany.
Schwerin Castle is situated on an island in the city’s main lake, the Schweriner See. It is regarded as one of the most important works of romantic Historicism in Europe. For this rank, it is also nicknamed Neuschwanstein of the North.
CHÂTEAU DE CHAMBORD
The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.
THE PENA NATIONAL PALACE
The Pena National Palace is a Romanticist palace which stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.
THE CHÂTEAU FRONTENAC
Quebec City, Canada
The Château Frontenac is a grand hotel, which is operated as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980. The hotel is generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world, in large part because of how it dominates the skyline of Quebec City.
Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex which is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.
THE POTALA PALACE
It is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. The third movie of The Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, was partially shot around the Mehrangarh fort. A few scenes included the prison well within which Bruce Wayne is shown to have been imprisoned. There is one particular shot when Wayne emerges from the prison that actually gives a glimpse of the Mehrangarh Fort in the background.
THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES
The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.