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The Most Beautiful Castles in the World 

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Updated September 10, 2019 9.9k votes 1.1k voters 40.3k views 53 items

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List of the most beautiful castles in the world, as ranked by castle and architecture enthusiasts. It’s not that common to come across a castle in your daily life. What once used to be a common structure for royalty,government officials, and the very, very wealthy has now being a rarer place of residence. The castles that still stand today are very often relics from hundreds of years ago. Many castles have become ruins due to lack of funding to rebuild and keep up appearances. The castles that still stand in all their former well-maintained glory are often major tourist attractions, luring in millions of visitors from all over the world.

The castles on this list are among the most striking-looking, well-kept castles left standing in the world. These castles have long histories, with some being used as fortresses during wars and battles and others as private residence for the wealthiest families in the world. Some of these castles sit in the midst of water, while others are on top of the hills.

What are the most beautiful castles in the world? The castles on this list are prominent attractions in their respective countries,from Japan to France.

Neuschwanstein Castle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in the World
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Neuschwanstein Castle was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century and it now serves as a major tourist attraction.

Located In: Bavaria, Germany

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Hohenzollern Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in the World
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Château de Chambor... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in the World
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As one of the most recognizable castles in France, the Renaissance architecture of Chateau de Chambord is a sight to behold. 

Located In: Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France

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Mont Saint-Michel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in the World
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Located In: Manche, France

Area (km sq.): 0.97

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