There is no continent as rich in castles as Europe. The remarkable history of Slavic countries is full of the thousands of castles. Many of them survived and now stay a fascinating tourist attraction. The list you will find below cannot be neutral but all the castles are worth of visit:
1. Malbork Castle, Poland
It looks like from the fairy tale about the brave knights of the medieval period. It is a pearl among the European fortress, known the largest castle in the world measured by land area. The castle was the capital of the Teutonic Order. The Knights arrived at the current territory of northern Poland in the 13th century. The castle houses a large museum and stays protected by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site.
2. Fort Lovrijenac, Croatia
It is small but impressive and absolutely charming. The fortress located outside the western wall of the historical city of Dubrovnik. Located 27 meters above sea level makes you think about the most adventurous stories you’ve ever heard. The first fort on this site was built by Venetians in the 11th century, but the one which is available now comes from later times. It is also known as St. Lawrence Fortress and it is a must-see place if you are in Dubrovnik.
3. The Belogradchik Fortress, Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, many people know this place as Kaleto. The fortress has an incredible history that starts in the ancient times. It decorates on the north slopes of the Balkan Mountains. The site surrounded by over 2 meters thick walls hide many secrets. Nearby the castle is another unique site known as Belogradchik Rocks. Belogradchik became one of the fortresses of the Ottoman Empire in 1396. For centuries stayed an important localization for the conflict with Ottomans. The fortress was in use last time during the Serbo-Bulgarian war in 1885.
4. Rozafa castle, Albania (once under Montenegro)
The site of the castle was a witness of the ancient battle between the tribe of Illyrians and Romans. The Romans captured it in 167 BC, they rebuilt the site. They replaced the old fort with the new Roman construction. In the medieval period it became the impressive castle that was a witness of siege by the Ottomans in 1478, and by the Montenegrins in 1912. The castle located in a spectacular place, with the view that you will remember forever.
5. Stari Grad, Serbia
Don’t you think that it looks a little bit like famous Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings? The remains of a fortress located near the city Užice. It is a wonderful example of gorgeous medieval Serbian architecture. The castle was an impressive investment between the 12th and 13th centuries. Created on a huge steep cliff, did not allow enemies to dream about conquering it. The view from the castle is unforgettable, but the story of this place will steal your heart.
6.The Palanok Castle, Ukraine
Sometimes called the Mukachevo Castle stands on the mysterious 68-metre high volcanic hill. There are many legends related to the treasures hidden under the surface of the hill. It can be justified by the rich and fascinating history of the site. The castle was built in the 14th century by the members of famous noble family Aba from Hungary. It was one of the most important fortifications of Kingdom of Hungary. After so many centuries it still consists 130 rooms and houses the museum.
7. Spiš Castle, Slovakia
If you are looking for spending the time surrounded by the ruins of one of the biggest European castles, you should go to Slovakia. The castle covers 41 426 m² and stayed abandoned since 1760 to 1990s. It is well known as the famous property of Zapolya family. Spiš Castle met the flames of fire in 1780, but during the 20th century, archeologists recovered many interesting artifacts. Now it stays a monumental ruin which welcomes many tourists from around the world.
8. Frýdlant Castle, the Czech Republic
The task of finding one castle from the Czech Republic is difficult. Although this is not the largest Slavic country, the number of castles is overwhelming. This one was built in medieval times but rebuilt for so many times that it lost its original style. It connects Gothic with the rich Reinassaince architecture. The effect of mixing these styles created a castle like from the Disney movie. When you will see the castle, it won’t surprise you that it is one of the most visiting places in the Czech Republic.