The Imperial Castle in Poznań, popularly called Zamek, was constructed in 1910 for William II, German Emperor. Since its completion, the building has housed government offices of Germany and Poland (as of 1945). The castle was built in Neo-Romanesque style. Thanks to Kasia.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commisioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then over 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually.
Château de Beynac, France
Château de Beynac is a castle in the department of Dordogne, France. It is one of the best preserved castles in the region. It is located on top of a limestone cliff, and was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac to close the valley. In 1944 it was registered as a historic monument by the Ministry of Culture. Parts of the 1999 movie, Jeanne d’Arc were filmed here. Thanks to Mylene.
Nesvizh Castle, Belarus
Nesvizh Castle is a residential castle of the Radziwill family in Nesvizh, Belarus. The Radziwill dynasty, who built and kept the ensemble from the 16th century until 1939, gave birth to some of the most important personalities in European history and culture. Due to their efforts, the town of Nesvizh came to exercise great influence in the sciences, arts, crafts and architecture. In 2005, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. More info here. Thanks to Xenija.
Sparrenberg Castle in Bielefeld, Germany
The Sparrenberg Castle is a restored fortress in Bielefeld. Its current appearance mainly originated in the 16th century. It is considered to be Bielefeld’s landmark. It was erected as a castle sometime before 1250 by the counts of Ravensberg. It served as an important military location during the Middle Ages. At the end of the 17th century it no longer met the military requirements and was used as a prison. During WWII it was heavily damaged in the air raid of the city. From 1948 to 1987 several projects were done to restore it.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Český Krumlow is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It is known for its fine architecture, the old historic town and its Castle. Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was important in trade routes in Bohemia. The city is an important cultural center, hosting a number of festivals and events each year. In 1992 it was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Thanks to Rudka.
Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium
Gaasbeek Castle is a national museum in the municipality of Lennik. The fortified castle was erected around 1240 to defend the Duchy of Brabant against the County of Flanders. Later on it was destroyed by Brussels city troops. Starting the 16th century a brick castle was constructed on the ruins of the medieval fortress. In the late 1880’s several renovations were made to recover its medieval-like appearance. The castle contains art collections and is owned by the Flemish Community. Thanks to Gerda.
Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand
First card from New Zealand! Larnach Castle is a mansion on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin. Built in 1871 by William Larnach, son of a wealthy New South Wales station owner, the castle is now a popular tourist attraction and contains much of the contents from the original owner. It is also the only castle in New Zealand. They have their own webpage right here. Thanks to Anita!
Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba
Morro Castle is a fortress that guards the entrance to Havana bay in Cuba. It was built in 1589 by Juan Bautista Antonelli, an Italian engineer. Back then, Cuba was under the control of Spain. In 1762 it was captured by the British, in the Battle of Havana, part of the Seven Years’ War. Thanks to Nestor for this one.