We think many people would agree that there are few buildings in the world that are as beautiful and fascinating as castles. Think about it — how cool would it be to have your own castle? Fortified structures that were built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages, these buildings not only have a striking appearance, but they were built for nobility. Therefore, they often have an intriguing history. There are many different types and designs of castle, with some dating back as far as the 9th and 10th centuries. Here are the 10 coolest castles on the planet, all of which are as fascinating as they are breathtaking.
10. Conwy Castle, North Wales
Built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales, this impressive fortress dates back to 1283 and therefore has a rich history. It was created as part of a larger defensive structure along with the enormous Conwy town walls. It has played a key role in a number of wars, including the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn and the English Civil War. It is now considered by UNESCO to be a World Heritage site. Although now in a somewhat ruined condition, the castle still looks impressive to this day and remains a popular tourist attraction despite the ongoing maintenance and repair work. The castle is known for its massive defensive wall along with four huge towers that reach 70 feet high, and it has been described as “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe.”