Whether you’re a history buff or not, the enchanting nature of castles can be difficult to ignore – and each one has a captivating story to tell.
For example, Bojnice Castle in Slovakia looks like something from a fairytale. It was first built as a wooden fort in 1113 and areas were gradually replaced by stone. Today, locals believe that it’s haunted by a former resident wearing a black dress, who jumped from the castle’s tower to prove her innocence after she was accused of adultery.
Another popular castle is the National Palace of Pena in Portugal, Lisbon, which sits on a hill overlooking the Portuguese Riviera, and looks like it’s rising above the clouds. Since it was built by a Portuguese king in 1839, it’s survived a devastating earthquake, been abandoned and reconstructed, and become a UNESCO world heritage site.
The best way to learn more about castles is to visit them – our article, 15 of the best castles to visit in the UK, will hopefully get you inspired. Though many castles in the UK and abroad can also be explored online, like the ones in this article from Trips to Discover.
Alternatively, YouTube has plenty of absorbing videos that will help you explore the magic of castles; from the most haunted to the most beautiful. It’s also worth checking out the websites of individual castles, as there are usually plenty of helpful resources available to support learning.