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414 Castles and counting…..

Castles………Our Happy Place

Our obsession with castles started with Trim Castle in Ireland, which opened doors we never imagined. It was the first full day of our trip and Ryan’s first European travels. The best way to describe it was, “There was magic in them, their walls” that has never dimmed.

I watched a young man jet-lagged and apprehensive of what was ahead come fully alive and engaged. It was his epiphany and panacea. It was like taking a child to a toy store and telling them the whole store was all for them. The joy and excitement I observed were contagious and exhilarating. We did not know then its impact on both our lives. It became the central theme of our next trip and continues to be a priority at every destination.

Do we ever tire of castles?

 No, we continue to be amazed at how unique and fascinating they are, even the simplest of ruins. It is often about allowing your imagination to go back in time. We marvel and are in awe of the architecture and the long and complicated construction process it must have taken. Some of these incredible castles are sometimes still standing 1000 years later. These magnificent structures have many stories to tell if you listen carefully. Maybe we romanticize what must have been a harsh and challenging existence. But it is often what fairy tales are made of, for a good reason.

This Master Castle list includes all the castles we have personally visited. Our definition of castles is broad. We will often include fortresses and citadels under this category and palaces that date back several centuries. Then there are just a few fun modern castles, like the ones in the Disney Parks. We have broken the list down by country, not in the order we saw them.

Most castles have a link associated with them. Click on the castle name to be taken to a website for more information. There are some castles with no link, mainly in Croatia, because either we could not find a reputable site or there was no link, and we tried! With each trip, the list grows, and we always welcome suggestions. We would love it if you shared your favorite castles.

We hope to share a little of the magic of our discovered castles. Open your hearts and eyes to their story, and you will be well rewarded.

Table of Contents

Countries are in alphabetical order; click on a country to jump ahead

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Ehrenberg Castle

Austria (30)

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Belgium (14)

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Croatia (21)

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The Czech Republic (7)

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Denmark (11)

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Lowther Castle England

England (26)

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France (42)

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Lichtenstein Castle

Germany (25)

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Greece (12)

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Hungary (3)

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Ireland (21)

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Italy (27)

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Liechtenstein (4)

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Luxembourg (1)

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Malta (4)

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Mexico (1)

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Monaco (1)

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Montenegro (3)

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The Netherlands (3)

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Northern Ireland (2)

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Norway (1)

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Panama (2)

Castillo de Sa Lorenzo del Chargres

Castillo de la Santiago Portobelo (ruins) (No page found)

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Castelo de Sao Joao Arade

Portugal (16)

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Dumfries Castle, Scotland

Scotland (45)

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Slovakia (3)

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Bled Castle

Slovenia (26)

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Spain (8)

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Svelda, Sweden Bara Castle

Sweden (3)

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Montebello Castle

Switzerland (27)

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Denbign Castle

Wales (3)

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Canada (1)

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The United States (19)








New York

Rhode Island

Washington DC

Washington State


Puerto Rico

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Hotels, Home rentals, BNBs, Flights, and other Transportation & Tours 

Booking.com connects millions of travelers to memorable experiences, various transportation options, and incredible places to stay – from homes to hotels and much more. It is one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes.

We always check Expedia and Booking.com to verify prices. At times, one is sold out of rooms while another at the same place has rooms. We also often find some European hotels, especially smaller ones, on Booking.com but not on Expedia. It could be they are a Europe-based company. Try both before booking accommodations.

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VRBO is now under the Expedia group’s ownership, which many were worried about, but it hasn’t panned out to be a concern. It is a massive network with access to all lodging forms should issues arise. Joelle has used VRBO for many years with her family and has had no problems with it.


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An excellent source for travel essentials and guides

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Amazon is one of the most comprehensive online shopping sources in the world. Teams worldwide provide lower prices, better selection, and rapid delivery on behalf of customers. They offer a vast inventory, and their 1.7 million small and medium businesses worldwide selling on Amazon.com offer extensive options to customers.

We buy most of our travel books, accessories, and luggage from Amazon. We have ordered up to two days before travel and get what we need.


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We have used their collapsible water bottle, carrying case for the water bottle, and collapsible insulated drink tumbler. They are all lightweight and durable. A conservation-focused product you can be proud to buy.

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Welcome Pick-ups
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A global leader in ground transportation for travelers. They help hundreds of companies worldwide enhance their services and boost their revenue with our 5-star ride experiences and hassle-free automation.

Founded in 2015 in Athens, Greece, Welcome Pick-ups goes above and beyond the standard transfer service as the first company to deliver a holistic, in-destination travel experience. From the moment a traveler arrives at a new destination until they return home, Welcome accommodates all their travel needs (transfers, travel products, things to do, information) as the easiest, friendliest, and most personalized solution.


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