Turrets, ramparts, bastions and bell towers – Europe’s heritage is laid bare by its remarkable medieval castles.
Towns, cities, villages and communities have flourished on Europe’s rivers for hundreds of years, a fact evidenced by the continent’s majestic castles. Standing guard over the continent’s waters for a thousand years, these stone sentinels were central to local life in the Middle Ages and beyond, providing safety and refuge in times of great hardship.
Today, the continent is dotted with medieval castles and fortresses from the North Sea to the Black – but which are worth your time? To find out, we’re taking a look at some of Europe’s most magnificent medieval castles.