Europe is a place of culture and history, having beared witness to the rise and fall of various empires and peoples stretching back over centuries. Some of the most stunning architecture in the world can be found throughout France, Germany, Italy and Spain, all of which make for some of the shortest driving distances in Europe. Currently, there are dozens of popular tours for travelers around the many stunning castles in Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and France (to name just a few) which take you on a journey around the history of Europe as a whole.
Castles in Europe can Guide Your Road Trip
Visitors intending to travel around Europe's castles by car have a lot of freedom and can decide exactly which countries they want to visit. If you are interested in seeing the stunning beaches of the South of France, start your tour with the medieval castles in the beautiful city of Carcassonne, one of the most famous historical cities in France with over 4 million visitors flocking there every year. From there you can travel down into Spain towards Barcelona to experience the incredible architecture or even travel back up through France, stopping at Toulouse, Bordeaux, Montpelier, or all three.
If you are more interested in traveling further east, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic offer some stunning views, nature hikes and some of the oldest and best preserved castles in the world. Begin in Bavaria where there are many different types of European castles, including the 'Burg' (castle), Schloss (manor house), Festung (fortress) and Palast (palace). Spend a couple of days touring around the south of Germany before making your way to Austria, a journey that takes only a couple of hours.
Alternatively, travel north into the Czech Republic, stopping off at one of the many Chateaux in the South Bohemian region on your way to Prague, where you will find a range of fortresses and castles. Spend a day touring around this historical capital city, soaking in the atmosphere, visiting museums and art galleries and taking in the culture of this fantastic country.
Nordic Palaces and Northern Fortresses
Central Europe is not the only place to see the most incredible castles that history has to offer. Denmark and the north of Europe also boast amazing architecture. Visit the homes of the Danish Royal Family and perhaps even take a day trip up into Sweden to see 'Gamla Stan', the old part of town, full of stunning buildings and plenty of intrigue for traveler's of all ages. Spend all your time in Denmark and visit Christiansborg Palace on the tiny island Slotsholmen or stay on the mainland and tour around the numerous stunning fortresses and palaces that Denmark has to offer.
The Growing Trend of European Castle Tours
Castle tours around Europe are becoming more and more popular since there is just so much to see and do. For anyone interested in the long and fascinating history of Europe's many countries - particularly Spain, France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland - touring around the many beautiful castles on a road trip through Europe is a great way of seeing as much as possible in a limited amount of time.