The largest red brick Castle in the world, Malbook Castle in Poland. Visited this on my European ride last year.
Another view (with my very tall Dutch friend standing in the way)...
Speaking of someone in the way, we drove into the Czech Republic and there were castles like this everywhere. This one was a private residence, I don't remember what it was called. It was amazing inside. I don't know why some of the windows were boarded up.
Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France.
I shot this in Prague from the Charles Bridge. It's a high-res pano that SmugMug printed on their walls, about 8' tall and 12' wide. The Prague Castle is up on the hill, to the right, and it's huge. Construction for the bridge started in 1357 and took 45 years to complete. We had to wait hours in a snowstorm to get this shot and it happened just before the lights went off for the night.
Now that I'm noticing castle photos, I stumbled across this and thought what is that. According to Wikipedia, it was once a proud palace, now it's a world heritage site.
The medieval Elitz Castle in Germany. The Elitz family has owned and lived there since the 1200s, 33 generations of them.
:) I'm making notes for our return to Europe next year
In that case you better go to the set of Harry Potter!! ❤️ 🌪 🧹 Alnwick Castle, 45 minutes north of Newcastle.
Such a magical place with the snow and trees i love it and the photograph
Welcome to Cake, KMS! 🎂
Thank you, KMS. As long as I can remember, I've never been able to see enough pictures of this castle, in every season and from every angle.
Hohenzollern Castle in Germany:
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Beautiful photographs of this castle MountainMom a faitytale home for some lucky owner the trees surrounding it are gorgeous in all season.
I have a lot of castle photos saved from places I've never been, but which make me dream...but since there has been some discussion of what they were like to visit:
This is Warwick Castle (Warwickshire, England.) I visited it in 1994 or so, purely by accident: I spotted it from the motorway and my family decided to trust to serendipity. At the time, while it was being operated as an attraction (and still is), a wing was still inhabited by the Earls of Warwick, and off-limits. I don't know if they're still there!
The modern-day Earls may not be Nevilles, but the Nevilles are the most famous Earls of Warwick. King Edward IV's mother, Cecily Neville, was from the extended family, and Edward's brothers married the Earl's daughters -- George, Duke of Clarence (the first man to be imprisoned in the Tower of London, notoriously said to have been drowned there in his favorite wine) married Isabel Neville, while Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III) married Anne Neville (he was her second husband, and he had to sign a sort of prenup essentially waiving any rights to her inheritance, to get his family to agree to it -- George was NOT eager to share his heiress's windfall!) The Earls of Warwick were so politically powerful that Isabel and Anne's father, the 16th Earl, was known as the Kingmaker for his importance in the Wars of the Roses.
The castle is gorgeous, and the views of the countryside are exquisite. It may be more well known now, but when we went in 1994, there were NO tour groups and very few other people there. Just us and centuries of history, beautifully preserved.
Ok Chris, where is it.
It's in central Germany. Here's its fascinating history, plus some stuff about Neuschwanstein nobody knows (they were both rebuilt from stone ruins in the 1800s, this one by a wealthy businessman from Berlin).
Here's Civita in central Italy. It looks like a castle but it's a village with a nice church, access via pedestrian walkway:
Hohenzollern in Germany again!
Matsumoto castle in Japan The curse of being a photographer is I can tell how it was photoshopped.
Most of you have seen this castle in film somewhere ( hint - The Highlander) - Eilean Donan Castle circa early 14th century
Not a castle, exactly, but an English military barracks in Scotland - Ruthven barracks built in 1719 after the 1715 Jacobite rebellion.