Castles. Not only do they evoke the romance and grandeur of a historical past filled with kings and queens, courtiers and kingdoms, but they also remind us of the fairytale world of childhood – where heroes, monsters and magical beings dwell. Here, then, you can discover 20 castles so spectacular that they could have jumped right off the pages of a storybook.
20. Chillon Castle
Over the years Chillon Castle has inspired poets and welcomed film crews, and it’s not hard to see why. The location, for a start, is spectacular: this turreted island fortress is perched on the eastern shores of Lake Geneva, where it’s backed by sublime Alpine peaks. The castle itself, meanwhile, dates back to the 11th century, and today it’s considered the most historic monument in Switzerland.