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.
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