Europe has almost countless castles and palaces, of all sizes, and all with an interesting history. The choice is rich: look for adjacent chapels, fortresses, and gardens to explore, too.
Many former royal abodes are now art and history museums and host festivals and historic reenactments; others lie in mysterious ruins. Some are still inhabited by royals or noble families! Others have become luxurious hotels. Guided tours and children’s programming abound, so the past is made accessible to everyone. You can also wander freely, imagining days gone by.

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Castles in Europe That Still Rule

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6 Stunning Palaces in Europe

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A royal story of Slovakia

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Discover royal Denmark

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Sintra: a royal retreat

Journey through the history of Portugal!

Seto Kingdom Day

A uniquely Estonian royal celebration!

Diocletian’s Palace

Croatia’s living museum!

Royal residences in Poland

A right regal tour!

The Grand Duke is in town

Venture inside Luxembourg’s Grand-Ducal Palace.

By Royal Appointment

Three perfect cities for discovering the magical royal secrets!

Explore royal Czechia

Delve into a history full of royal splendor!

Royal Cyprus

A historic wedding!

Majestic Masterpieces Galore

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts reopens!

An experience to remember!

Peace and harmony in Serbia’s Royal Compound!

A journey back in time

Germany’s endless array of castles and palaces.

Regal Netherlands

Discover the royal side of the Netherlands!

The mighty seven

Castles in historical Slovenian cities!

Royal Ireland

Explore Ireland’s regal roots!

Swiss Traditions & Museums

Highest density of museums in Switzerland.

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