Castles have always been a stunning architectural achievement. Whether to demonstrate power, swagger or to protect, palaces and fortresses remain the breathtaking landmarks, visited by crowds of tourists. See our list of 29 castles from around the world – which one would you like to see?

29. Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, USA

Photo by Ellen Yeat

28. Mystras, Greece


27. Eilean Donan, Loch Duich Island, Scotland

Photo by Dirk Sachse

26. Hohenzollern Castle, Germany


Photo by Berthold Steinhilber

25. Ghardaïa, Algeria


24. Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany


23. Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia


Photo by Cory Schadt

22. Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


Photo by Jan van de Maat

21. Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal


Photo by Vítor Ribeiro

20. Vischering Castle, Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany



19. Trakai, Lithuania



18. Ideal Palace, Hauterives, France



17. Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal


Photo by Thomas Muller

16. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India



15. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland



14. Hohenwerfen Castle, Werfen, Austria



13. Carcassonne, France



12. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland



11. Moritzburg Castle, Germany



10. Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France



9. The Citadel of Qaitbay, Alexandria, Egypt


Photo by Nadem Mohamed

8. The Swallow’s Nest, Yalta, Ukraine


7. Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England


6. The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland



5. The Alhambra, Andalusia, Spain


Photo by Carlos Luque

4. Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy


Photo by Domingo Leiva

3. Lichtenstein Castle, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Photo by Steve Swope

2. Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture, Japan



1. Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France