Fairytale Snow Castles With Stunning Scenery
Published on 04/01/2016 by Finest Holidays - Luxury Travel
1 – Kolomenskoye Castle of Tzar Alexei Mikhailovich, Moscow: Built in the 1660s as a series of interconnected rooms and corridors, the wooden palace was later demolished. Rebuilt in 2010 by the Russian government a half mile south of its original location, today it is a popular destination for travelers hoping to learn more about the tzar’s life.
2 – Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan: Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan’s few castles built on a flat area rather than a mountain or hill. In Springtime the castle’s blossoming cherry trees make it a popular place for strolling.
4 – Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia, Turkey: Situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, Uchisar provides a spectacular panorama of the surrounding area. But unlike many castles atop bluffs Uchisar’s rooms, stairs and passageways are actually carved from the rock.
5 – Hohenzollern Castle, Hohenzollern, Swabian Alps, Germany: Situated atop a 768-ft. bluff in the foothills of the Swabian Alps, this picturesque castle, home to the former german imperial family, is more than just nice to look at: With its many towers. it’s considered a relic of 19th-century military architecture, too.
6 – Hradcany Castle, Prague, Czech Republic: More commonly known as Prague Castle, this castle complex – one of the largest in the world – dates back to the 9th century and houses lots of precious things and important people. Chief among them? The Bohemian Crown Jewels and the President of the Czech Republic.
7 – Chinese Castle in the Park of Drottningholm, Sweden: The exotic Chinese Pavilion pleasure palace, a birthday present to the queen consort Lovisa Ulrika presented to her in 1753 by King Adolf Fredrik, together with Drottningholm Palace and its grounds, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
8 – Rasnov Castle, Brasov, Romania: Located 650 feet above its namesake town, where Rasnov served as a fortress as far back as 1331. The castle wasn’t just built for military purposes – originally comprising houses, a school, and a chapel, the fortress was a place of refuge for lengthy periods of time.
9 – Cliveden House, Berkshire, United Kingdom: In the mid-seventeenth century, the Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers, purchased Cliff-dene and built the first great house on this site. A favourite of Charles II., Buckingham created a grand estate to entertain his friends and mistress in style. For more than 300 years Cliveden was home to dukes, earls, viscounts and for a while a Prince of Wales. A glittering hub of society, Cliveden hosted exclusive parties and political gatherings (“The Cliveden set”) after being purchased by the Viscounts Astor; later this grand estate became infamously associated with the Profumo Affair.
11 – Inuyama Castle, Inuyama, Japan: Constructed in 1537, Inuyama is one of the twelve original castles built before the Edo period still in existence, and is often claimed to be the oldest castle in Japan. Resting atop a small hill next to Kiso River, Inuyama today hosts cultural and historical artifacts of the city.
12 – Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany: Initially built at the behest of reclusive King Ludwig II. of Bavaria as a private retreat, Neuschwanstein today is one of the most popular of palaces and castles in Europe. Easy to see why: majestically built, the castle sits atop a cliff ridge and has ornate, historic rooms.
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