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Fantasy Turned To Reality: Five Of The Worlds Most Surreal Castles

Travelers Today       By    Jestan Dale Mendame

Updated: Mar 20, 2017 06:50 AM EDT

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Chateau de Chinon, Summer 2016
The Chateau de Chinon is one of the most famous castles in France. It's located near the banks of river Vienne in Chinon, France.
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Disney has been stirring up the imaginations of people with live-action remakes of its famous princess movies. Too bad that these magnificent castles, lofty towers, and gorgeous walls can only be seen in movies. But what if you had the chance to turn fantasy into reality? Well now, you can do that with these five surreal castles in the world.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This 19-century castle with a Romanesque ambiance rests upon the hills of the Hohenschwangau village. The castle was built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, to serve as his private refuge away from the world. But when the castle finished construction in 1886, the king also died in the same year, and it was only then after seven weeks when Neuschwanstein opened its gates to visitors.

Lichtenstein Castle, Germany

Just a couple of miles away from Neuschwanstein is the Lichtenstein Castle. According to Hivino, this Neo-Gothic-styled structure was built in the 19th century some time between 1840 to 1842. If you think it looks familiar, it's because it looks similar to Cinderella's Castle in some of Disney's theme parks. But visiting this place is like hitting two birds with one stone because just 500 meters away is the ruins of the "Old Lichtenstein" castle. 

Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia

Slovenia is just a marvel with its picturesque views and stunning attractions. But what makes it more beautiful is its 11th-century old castle that's located in its capital Ljubljana--one of the biggest and most popular castles in the country. 

Chateau de Chinon, France

France's Loire Valley is already a cornucopia of medieval castles and structures of royalty which is a symbolism of the heritage of the 15th and 16th centuries. But the Chateau di Chinon surpasses all its rivals in the valley being built in the 10th century. In 1429, it was at this castle where Charles VII met with Joan of Arc to liberate France from England.

Kronborg Castle, Denmark

Located on the borders of Denmark and Sweden, this 15th-century old castle was home to princes and princesses. According to The Telegraph, the castle was then renovated in the early Renaissance period by Frederick II, King of Danes, and is the setting for the tour de force Hamlet of William Shakespeare. 

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