The most spectacular castles outside of Britain

Britain has its fair share of awe-inspiring castles; the likes of Windsor Castle, St. Michael’s Mount, Warwick Castle and The Tower of London attract millions of British and foreign visitors every year. However it’s not just Britain that is home to remarkable castles. Here is a list of some of the most amazing castles to be found and explored on foreign soil.

1. Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany – A 19th century Romanesque Revival palace perched breathtakingly high on a Bavarian hilltop, this castle embraces the ethos of romanticism and has featured in Disney films for its fantastical appearance.

2. Château de Versailles, France – Originally built by Louis XIV as a hunting lodge in the early 17th century, the chateau was expanded to form a new centre for the royal court. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Features not to miss include the magnificent Hall of Mirrors.

3. Bojnice Castle, Slovakia – A delightful medieval castle from the 12th century, Bojnice is a Romantic castle incorporating later Gothic and Renaissance features. It is a popular filming location.

4. Castillo de Coca, Spain – Dating from the 15th century, this castle was built by the Archbishop of Seville in the Mudéjar tradition, a blend of Arabic and Spanish architectural techniques and artistry which is characteristically geometric in style.

5. Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco – Made of adobe, mud and plaster, Ait Ben Haddou is an ancient fortified city lying on the path African traders took on their way to Europe. It featured in the films Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.

6. Mehrangarh Fort, India – An imposing hilltop structure mostly dating from the 17th century, though with earlier origins, this is one of the largest forts in India. Its high walls protect beautiful Rajasthani palaces with lavish, open courtyards and intricate carvings throughout.

7. Himeji Castle, Japan – A beautiful hilltop feudal castle from the 14th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its high white walls, it is known as White Egret Castle for its resemblance to a bird taking flight, and is reached by a tangled labyrinth of paths climbing the hill. It has featured in Japanese and foreign films including the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

8. Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico – Castillo de Chapultepec was constructed in the 18th century by the Spanish Viceroy of New Spain and has since been used as a military academy, imperial palace, observatory and museum. With its characteristically European style, it was featured in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. The hilltop site in Chapultepec Park was sacred to the Aztecs.