Castles are usually from the medieval period. They have thick walls and their main purpose was defense. Palaces are more impressive and decorated buildings that served or still serve as a residence of kings, princes and other royalties. These buildings are one of the most important part of the architectural heritage of European history. Not only the artwork, but the technology used in constructing them also reflect the progress of our civilization. In spite of the wars we suffered there are still so many of them around Europe that “the top castle” lists you find are so different from person to person. Our list is not an objective top 25 – it simply includes our favorite ones we visited and took great pictures of. Please enjoy this trip through history where we explore Europe through some of its magnificient castles and palaces. Are you ready? Enjoy the tour! Contents1 25. The Belvedere, Vienna, Austria2 24. Buckingham Palace, London, UK3 23. Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, close to Madrid, Spain4 22. The Castle of Tamarit, Altafulla, Catalonia, Spain5 21. The Castle of Eger, Eger, Hungary 6 20. The Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain7 19. Castle and Old Town, Tossa de Mar, Catalonia, Spain8 18. The Castle of Cardona, Cardona, Catalonia, Spain9 17. The Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal10 16. The Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany11 15. Loarre Castle, Loarre, Spain12 14. The Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Aranjuez, Spain13 13. Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy14 12. The Wavel Castle, Kraków, Poland15 11. Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary16 10. The New Palace, Potsdam, Germany 17 9. Schwetzingen Palace, Schwetzingen, Germany18 8. Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Germany19 7. The Palace of Versailles, Paris, France20 6. The Cité de Carcassone, France21 5. The Château de Saumur, Saumur, France22 4. The Papal Palace, Avignon, France23 3. Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria24 2. The Château de Chambord, Chambord, France25 1. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain26 Useful tools to organize your trip 25. The Belvedere, Vienna, Austria A precious baroque castle built by the Habsburg dynasty. 24. Buckingham Palace, London, UK The well-known official residence of the Royal family of the United Kingdom. 23. Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, close to Madrid, Spain A historical Royal residence, where the pantheon of Spanish Kings is found. 22. The Castle of Tamarit, Altafulla, Catalonia, Spain A wonderfully situated medieval castle in the province of Tarragona. 21. The Castle of Eger, Eger, Hungary A charming medieval castle, famous for its heroic defense against the Turkish in the 16th century. 20. The Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain The official residence of the Spanish king and his family. 19. Castle and Old Town, Tossa de Mar, Catalonia, Spain A medieval hilltop castle in the Costa Brava. 18. The Castle of Cardona, Cardona, Catalonia, Spain The most important medieval fortress in Catalonia, situated on top of a hill. 17. The Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal One of the most impressive example of Romanticist architecture. 16. The Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany A baroque masterpiece, the summer residence of Bavarian rulers. 15. Loarre Castle, Loarre, Spain A beautiful hilltop castle built in Romanesque style, mostly famous for its appearance in the Kingdom of Heaven movie. 14. The Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Aranjuez, Spain Residence of the Spanish Royal family, open to the public. 13. Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy The cylindrical mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, later used as a fortress. 12. The Wavel Castle, Kraków, Poland Gothic style castle, once residence of the Polish kings. 11. Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary A medieval baroque style royal residence with tumultuous history. 10. The New Palace, Potsdam, Germany A great representative of the Prussian baroque architecture close to Berlin. 9. Schwetzingen Palace, Schwetzingen, Germany Summer residence of the House of Wittelsbach with beautiful gardens. 8. Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Germany A wonderful castle built in Renaissance style on top of hill. 7. The Palace of Versailles, Paris, France Once residence of French kings and symbol of European absolutism. 6. The Cité de Carcassone, France A medieval fortress in the South of France. 5. The Château de Saumur, Saumur, France A fortress transformed into a beautiful château on the banks of the Loire. 4. The Papal Palace, Avignon, France The residence of the Catholic popes in the 14th century. 3. Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria The baroque style summer residence of Habsburg emperors. 2. The Château de Chambord, Chambord, France A masterpiece of the French Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. 1. 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