Master Castle List


306 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 Europe travels. The best way to describe it was, “there was magic in them there 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?

 Never, we continue to be amazed at how unique and fascinating they are, even those that are the simplest of ruins. It is often about allowing your imagination to go back to a 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 to be found, and we tried! With each trip, the list grows, and we always welcome suggestions. We will love it if you share your favorite castles.

We hope to share a little of the magic of castles we have discovered. 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 Cast;e


Gravensteen Castle Ghent Belgium


Trsat Castle Rijeka, Croatia


Fredericksborg Castle, Hillerod, Denmark


Lowther Castle Adventures
Lowther Castle England


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Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France


Thurant Castle, Alken,, Germany


Oia Castle Santorini Greece


Trim Castle


Venice, Italy


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Luuxembourg City, Luxemborg




Princes Palace




The Netherlands

Northern Ireland Castle

Northern Ireland

Oslo Norway Akershus Castle


Portugal Castle
Castelo de Sao Joao Arade


Dumfries Castle Scotland UK
Dumfries Castle, Scotland


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Alhambra Castle and Fortress at night, Alahambra, Spain


Bara Castle
Svelda, Sweden Bara Castle


Montebello Castle


Wales Castle
Denbign Castle


Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


Hammond Castle, Gloucester, Massachusetts

United States






Rhode Island

Washington DC

Washington State


We hope you enjoyed our Master Castle List, keep checking back and see how it grows.

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