Château de Reinhardstein, Belgique

(Reinhardstein Castle, Belgium)

Reinhardstein was built in 1354 by Renuwar of Waimes with the authorisation of Wenceslas, Duke of Luxembourg. It is thought that the castle could have been built on a much older Gallo-Celtic construction.

© JanDC

Wartburg, Deutschland

(Wartburg Castle, Germany)

The legendary creation of Wartburg Castle is attributed to Count Ludwig der Springer. The first steps in its construction were taken in 1067, following the troubles caused by the Investiture Contest, troubles which encouraged the birth of feudalism. The castle is mentioned for the first time in 1080 as a strategic base, one of the key points in the early years of Ludovician sovereignty.

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Wartburg, Deutschland

(Wartburg Castle, Germany)

The legendary creation of Wartburg Castle is attributed to Count Ludwig der Springer. The first steps in its construction were taken in 1067, following the troubles caused by the Investiture Contest, troubles which encouraged the birth of feudalism. The castle is mentioned for the first time in 1080 as a strategic base, one of the key points in the early years of Ludovician sovereignty.

© Rainer Salzmann

Château d’Harcourt, République Française

(Harcourt Castle, France)

Originally consisting of earthworks, then built with wood and finally in stone, today this impressive 12th-14th century castle is a fine example of medieval architecture, one of the best-preserved in Normandy. 

© Francis Cormon

Wartburg, Deutschland

(Wartburg Castle, Germany)

The legendary creation of Wartburg Castle is attributed to Count Ludwig der Springer. The first steps in its construction were taken in 1067, following the troubles caused by the Investiture Contest, troubles which encouraged the birth of feudalism. The castle is mentioned for the first time in 1080 as a strategic base, one of the key points in the early years of Ludovician sovereignty.

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Scotney Castle, England

The building of Scotney Castle is believed to have commenced c1378, and is attributed to Roger Ashburnham. Although its appearance is that of a regular fortress, roughly rectangular in shape (actually rhombus, its northern perimeter being slightly longer than the others) with circular towers at each corner, it was predominantly designed as a well fortified house. 

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Bodiam Castle, England

Bodiam Castle is arguably the finest example of medieval moated military architecture in Britain. It was built between 1385 and 1388 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a veteran of the 100 Years War.

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Isola di Loreto, Italia

(Loreto Island, Italy)

Loreto Island, is located on Lake Iseo north of Montisola, Italy.
Loreto is the smallest island of lake Iseo, and it is a privetly owned island.
There used to be a monastery on the island since the 15 century, but it switched hands and in 1910 a Neo-Gothic castle was built on the island and still stands there today.

© Matteo Cargasacchi

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

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Schloss Moyland, Deutschland

(Moyland Castle, Germany)

The history of Moyland Castle begins in the early 14th century. Over the subsequent centuries, the medieval moated castle was remodelled many times. A significant change in the complex took place in the baroque period.

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