Enchanting Castles Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
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“Once upon a time...” is really the only way to begin a fairy tale, and what better place to kick off the story than a beautiful castle — one with imposing walls, elaborate moats, and maybe even a princess at the top of a tower, looking far into the distance? Fortunately, castles exist not just in fairy tales, but also in the real world — and many incredible palaces are open to visitors today. Some served as military fortresses, constructed to withstand an enemy’s siege. Others were designed to flaunt a royal family’s wealth and power. And at least a handful were created simply at the whims of an eccentric king.
From England to Romania, and Australia to Syria, here are 16 of the most glorious castles around the world — the perfect places to start your own fairy tale adventure.