7 Magnificent Old Castles Around the World

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If there is one thing that sets the pulses racing, it is the sight of a magnificent castle coming into view, dominating the surrounding countryside and proclaiming its majesty to all who gaze upon it. It is a sad fact that the most grand of these structures can no longer be found in the UK, but fortunately there are still places in the world where these incredible buildings live on to enchant us and fire our imaginations.

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7. Neuschwanstein Castle

One of the most familiar castles in the world – which inspired the Walt Disney cartoonists in their creation of the Sleeping Beauty castle – sits on a hillside overlooking Hohenschwangau in southwest Germany. Originally commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein was designed to be a personal royal retreat and was also meant to pay homage to composer Richard Wagner. After the death of the king in 1886, the castle was opened to the paying public. Since then in excess of sixty million people have passed through its doors.

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