Thanks to its rich history, Europe is home to some of the finest castles in the world. From renaissance chateaux and haunted fortresses to fairy-tale fantasies, there is a castle to suit all tastes. So if you want to enjoy the architectural beauty of Leonardo da Vinci, visit the home of Dracula or the enjoy the ‘Palace in the Clouds’ then our Castles in Europe guide, with information provided by our European Breakdown Cover, will get you where you need to be.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
If you are looking for the ultimate fairy-tale castle then look no further than the 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle. With over 1,300,000 visitors each year, this is without doubt one of the most popular castles in the world. Located in Bavaria and built by the ‘Fairytale King’ Ludwig II, this castle inspired Walt Disney’s Magical Kingdom. Such was his admiration for the composer Richard Wagner, King Ludwig actually built the castle in his honour with a number of rooms inspired by the composer’s characters.
Find directions from Calais to Neuschwanstein Castle with RAC Route Planner – 8 hours 42 minutes.
Bran Castle, Romania
If you are looking for a castle made of nightmares rather than dreams, then Bran Castle is the one for you. Located in Transylvania no less, legend has it that this is the castle of Bram Stoker’s famous character, Count Dracula. Though Stoker never visited the castle himself, many people believe that he based Dracula on Vlad the Impaler who did live in the castle. Whatever the truth of the matter, the area certainly does have an atmosphere to it and its history alone is worth the visit.
Find directions from Calais to Bran Castle with RAC Route Planner – 22 hours 31 minutes.
Hohenzollern Castle, Germany
Known as the ‘Castle in the Clouds,’ Hohenzollern Castle is without doubt one of the most stunning castles in the world. Positioned on top of misty mountains in the depth of the Black Forest, the castle’s name comes from its perch ‘high on the Zoller hill’ overlooking the Danube Valley in Swabia. Thanks to Hohenzollern’s being one of the grandest dynasties in Europe, the castle is home to a wealth of treasures including china, gold cutlery and the Royal Prussian Crown.
Find directions from Calais to Hohenzollern Castle with RAC Route Planner – 7 hours 14 minutes.
Chateau of Chambord, France
The Renaissance period is responsible for numerous masterpieces and the Chateau of Chambord is certainly one of them. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, this 16th century architectural gem was the brainchild of the ‘architect prince’ François I whose aim was to create a ‘wonder of the world’. Some have speculated that its distinctive design was as a result of a collaboration between the young king and Leonardo da Vinci himself, though the artist’s death in 1519 means he could not have been involved in its construction.
Find directions from Calais to Chateau of Chambord with RAC Route Planner – 4 hours 25 minutes.
Find information here on European Breakdown Cover.