Castle of Villandry

Renowned for its landscaped gardens, Château de Villandry was the brainchild of Jean le Breton, François I’s finance minister and Italian ambassador. Today visitors can stroll pebbled walkways through six hectares of formal water gardens, a maze, vineyards and multiple-themed gardens, including the fabulous 16th-century potager (kitchen garden. The gardens bloom between April and October,… Read More »

Castle of Castelnaud

The most visited castle in the South of France dominates the picturesque village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle on the left bank of the Dordogne River. During the Middle-Ages, the mighty English fortress commanded the strategic position at the meeting of the Dordogne and the Céou Rivers, opposite the rival French castle of Beynac. The oldest mention of… Read More »

Castle of Chaumont

Chaumont was constructed from 1465 on on the site of a much older 10th century fortress castle, that had been burned down by Louis XI in a reprisal for the actions of its owner Pierre d’Amboise – he had been involved in the anti-Royal revolt known as the ‘Ligue du bien public’. After Pierre had… Read More »

Castle of Coco

Built in the 15th century by the Archbishop of Seville, the incredible Castle of Coca or Castillo de Coca is considered to be one of the best castles in Spain. An excellent example of the Gothic and Mudéjar styles, Coca Castle can be found in the town of Coca in the Segovia province in Spain.… Read More »

The Walzin Castle

High on a broad rocky promontory above a meander of the river Lesse, the Château de Walzin has always captured the imagination. It was admired by Victor Hugo, who made a drawing of it in 1863. Although construction began in the 13th century, little of the mediaeval buildings remains except for the 15th-century horseshoe tower… Read More »

The Chateau of Chambord

1519. A palace rises up out of the swampy lowlands of the Sologne region, on the edge of a forest filled with wild boar. François I, the young king who had garnered glory in the Battle of Marignan, ordered its construction. The château de Chambord was not intended to be a permanent residence; François I… Read More »

Hohenwerfen Castle

The mighty castle of Hohenwerfen has towered over the 155 metre high craggy rock pillar above the Salzachtal valley for more than 900 years. The powerful fortifications were built at the same time as Hohensalzburg Fortress and are some of the best preserved late medieval defences and rooms on the continent. Over the centuries they… Read More »

The Alcazar Castle

The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is a stone fortification, located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like… Read More »

Neuschwanstein Castle

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge. Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces… Read More »

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and also for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time… Read More »