Castles of Europe
Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland.
in a Medieval Castle
This article is from the book of the same name by Joseph and Frances Gies.
From Europe for Visitors
Explore 2,000 years of English history atop the White Cliffs of Dover. The
castle's attractions include a medieval keep, a battlements walk, and a tour of
WWII's Secret Wartime Tunnels.
Martin Luther used Eisenach, Germany's historic castle as a hiding
place during the early days of the Reformation.
Pena National Palace
Palácio da Pena in Sintra, Portugal is billed as "a consummate specimen of
Portuguese romantic architecture," with building styles that range from Moorish
From Switzerland & Austria for Visitors
Lord Byron made this château famous with his poem, The Prisoner of
Chillon, and its dungeons have been chilling the hearts of tourists ever
Tour the moated castle, explore the Moorland and Peat Bog Museum, and take a
ride on the historic narrow-gauge railroad in Lower Austria's Waldviertel.
and Its Castle
If you're traveling from Bern to Interlaken or vice versa, stop off in Thun
and visit its turreted castle to enjoy lovely town and lakeside views.
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