Discover the storied past of this sun-bleached fortresss located in Alexandria on the majestic Mediterranean coastline. Stroll along the quaint harbour to find this impressive Islamic monument, which has guarded the city from crusading ships since the 15th century. The fortress has imposing symmetry, crafted in thick limestone – and a wealth of history to uncover hidden behind its gates and turrets.
This enormous Ottoman fortress has protected Istanbul from the banks of the Bosphorus since the 15th century. With winding pathways connecting the towers, luscious trees and a breathtaking view over the city, this waterside fairytale castle is sure to cast a spell on your imagination.
Nestled deep in the storied Transylvania, this Romanian landmark has everything an enchanted castle needs – including real mystery. Thought to have inspired Bram Stoker in his dreaming up of Dracula, there’s intrigue in every colossal wall tower. Explore the grounds of 14th-century Bran Castle and uncover the true history of the former royal residence, all while taking snaps of the awe-inspiring mountain views. This Transylvanian wonder is sure to leave you spooked – it’s well worth a day trip from Bucharest and suitable for all the family.
Nestled in the heart of the Czech capital sits Prague Castle, a stunning fortress that casts an enchanting glow over the winding cobbled streets. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the sprawling fort is one of the largest castle complexes in the world. Like many castles in the Czech Republic, you’ll find palaces and monuments tucked away behind the fortress walls. Book a guided tour to tiptoe through a thousand years of history.
Take a drive out from Krakow to feast your eyes on this quaint countryside manor, nicknamed the ‘Castle of the 99 Towers’. Dating back to the 17th century in parts, Mozna Castle has a unique style, with stately courtyards and pointed turrets. Make sure you explore its rolling lawns, framed with pristine pools and flowers – ideal for a relaxing stroll.
Once part of an ancient kingdom, this majestic landmark has protected Hyderabad for more than four centuries. With grand towers and stunning grounds, Golconda Fort is a true Indian beauty. Admire the enchanting façade before heading inside to see the beautiful mosques and drink in the views from the ramparts.
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