When we were little kids, we all wanted to live in fairy tale castles just like where some our favorite Disney Princesses lived. But did you know there are places in the world that actually seems to be a page of your favorite story book?
Some of these are perfectly preserved that you might think Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty are inside. Here are some of the most beautiful castles in the world:
Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Originally built during the Middle Ages, this castle actually faced pillages and sieges during its time. It is located high up in a hill overlooking the Alsatian plain in the Vosges Mountains, France. Although unused for a couple hundred years, German emperor Wilhelm II rebuilt the castle on 1899 to what it looks like today.
Eltz Castle, Wierschem, Germany. One of the oldest castles still surviving today, visiting the Eltz Castle will make you sigh in its grand beauty. It's not as wide as some castles, but its pillars and towers make up for this medieval beauty. What's more, it's located in the beautiful Elzbach valley, complete with little streams and woodlands that will make you feel like a true fairytale princess. This castle has been built in the 12th century, and the original family who owns this is still living here today.
Matsumoto Castle, Japan. During the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is built to protect the 23 lords of Matsumoto, and to devise clever plans to thwart their enemies during the Edo period. Now, it's one of the most protected buildings in Japan, with its original, grand Japanese architecture still retained. Its Asian beauty is a remarkable contrast against European castles, but still spectacular all the same.
Château Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France. You've probably watched Beauty and the Beast, and for sure you have gasped at the magnificent castle the Beast owns in the popular Disney movie. According to the filmmakers, Beast's Castle was inspired by Château Chambord, and if you visit yourselves you can see the striking similarities. Built in the 16th century, Château Chambord is still one of the best Renaissance architectures to date.
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