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Bratislava Castle
Bratislava, Slovakia

10. Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The massive rectangular building with 4 corner towers stands on a quite isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. It is an outstanding feature of the city. It provides an excellent view of Bratislava, of Austria and, when there is good weather, of Hungary. Many legends are connected with the history of the castle.

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New Castle of Manzanares el Real
Manzanares el Real, Spain

9. New Castle of Manzanares el Real, Spain

The New Castle of Manzanares el Real, also known as Castle of los Mendoza, is a palace-fortress erected in the 15th century in the town of Manzanares el Real (Community of Madrid, Spain), next to the reservoir of Santillana at the foot of Sierra de Guadarrama. Its construction began in 1475 on a Romanesque-Mudéjar hermitage and today is one of the best preserved castles of the Community of Madrid.

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Predjama Castle
Inner Carniola, Slovenia

8. Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Predjama Castle (Predjamski grad or Grad Predjama) is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. It is located approximately 11 km from the town of Postojna.

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Schwerin Castle
Schwerin, Germany

7. Schwerin Castle, Germany

Schwerin Castle (German: Schweriner Schloss) is a palace located in the city of Schwerin, the capital of the Bundesland of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. For centuries it was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It currently serves as the seat of the state parliament.

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Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven, Scotland

6. Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Fhoithear, /fort on the shelving slope/) is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 km south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th-century Jacobite risings because of its strategic location and the strength of its situation.

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Burg Kreuzenstein
Lower Austria, Austria

5. Burg Kreuzenstein, Austria

Burg Kreuzenstein is a castle near Leobendorf in Lower Austria, Austria. It was constructed on the remains of an early medieval castle that had fallen into disrepair and was then demolished during the Thirty Years' War. Intended to be a family vault for the Wilczek family, it was rebuilt in the 19th century by Count Nepomuk Wilczek with money from the family's large Silesian coal mines.

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Neuschwanstein Castle
Hohenschwangau Village, Germany

4. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds.

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Malahide Castle
Malahide, Ireland

3. Malahide Castle, Ireland

Malahide Castle, parts of which date to the 12th century, lies, with over 260 acres (1.1 km2) of remaining estate parkland (the Malahide Demesne Regional Park), close to the village of Malahide, 14 km north of Dublin in Ireland. The estate began in 1185, when Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1174, was granted the "lands and harbour of Malahide". The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century and it was home to the Talbot family for 791 years, from 1185 until 1976, the only exception being the period from 1649–60, when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.

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Spiš Castle
Spiš, Slovakia

2. Spiš Castle, Slovakia

The ruins of Spiš Castle (Spišský hrad) in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is situated above the town of Spišské Podhradie and the village of Žehra, in the region known as Spiš. It was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993. This is one of the biggest European castles by area (41,426 m²). Spiš Castle was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier castle. It was the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of Szepes (Spiš) County of the Kingdom of Hungary.

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Eilean Donan Castle
Highlands, Scotland

1. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Donnain) is a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. It lies about 1 km from the village of Dornie, and is dominated by a picturesque castle which is familiar from many photographs and appearances in film and television. Eilean Donan is part of the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.

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