5 Fairytale Castles in Europe

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Since you don't really find castles outside of Disneyland in the US, one of my favorite things about going to Europe is visiting the castles and palaces. There is something about walking around castle and knowing that a family once lived their lives there. Here are five European castles that seem like they came from a fairytale: 1. Castel Sant'Angelo - Rome, Italy

This ancient castle was built in the 120s-130s AD and used to house Roman emperors. Today, it's a museum where you can walk around inside. There are even cannon balls and archery windows.

2. Peles Castle - Sinaia, Romania

Peles CastleThe Peles Castle opened in 1883 and is nestled in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. It is arguably more beautiful than Dracula's Castle, another major attraction in Transylvania.

3. Neuschwanstein Castle - Hohenschwangau, Germany

No list of fairytale castles would be complete without the Neuschwanstein Castle in Southwest Bavaria, Germany, which inspired the cartoon castle for Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

4. Blarney House & Castle - Cork, Ireland

Above is the Blarney House, then mansion next to the Blarney Castle in Southern Ireland. The aerial views of the endless green area are beautiful. Plus, you can go to the top of the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck!

5. St. Basil's Cathedral - Moscow, Russia

This is a cathedral and not a castle, but I couldn't help but include it on this list. The colors, designs, and the swirly domes that look like cupcakes make this cathedral look like it could be part of Disneyland.

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