The European Castles With Stories You Must See

Bran Castle may be the scariest. The medieval Transylvanian fortification became renowned as Dracula castle despite Bram Stoker never visiting Romania.

Bran Castle, Romania

King Ludwig II of Bavaria built Neuschwanstein Castle in the 19th century for privacy. Few castles match the castle's summit setting and exquisite architecture. 

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Romanian King Carol I loved the Carpathians and built Peleș Castle as a summer home in the 19th century.

Peleș Castle, Romania

Bojnice Castle's fairy-tale location and romantic appeal are among the most magnificent in Slovakia and central Europe.

Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

In the peaceful village of Hever, this majestic castle was Anne Boleyn's childhood home.

Hever Castle, England

Wartburg Castle overlooks Eisenach from a high cliff on the Thuringian Forest.

Wartburg Castle, Germany

Kronborg, Denmark's most famous castle and one of northern Europe's finest Renaissance castles, was Shakespeare's Hamlet setting.

Kronborg Castle, Denmark