Which European country has the most castles? Most fascinating?

May 2012
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Jajce
#21
Here are some photos of another Bosnian castle Gornji Srebrenik
Varak (alaprajzok, rajzok=layouts/plans, drawings, történelem=history, térképek=maps + click on the red arrows on the castle plans for pictures)




This site is dedicated to the castles, forts and fortified churches (all together 1345 according to the GPS list) of the Hungarian kingdom with several photos, the most complete database i know about it.

Varak

if you click on the country map on the front page, an interactive map will pop out that makes easier to check out the various castles. Unfortunetly many of them are in a very damaged condition and what i hate even more are the 18th-19th century additions that totally kill the medieval feeling. But there are still some nice ones too.
How to find the bonsian castles?
 

clement

Ad Honorem
Jun 2011
2,141
California, USA
#22
I don't which country is the best in this regad, but maybe it is better to post pictures of our own to share them with other users (who will be free to judge).
Lots of Castles in southern France too (Louis IX built a huge network of fortresses to guard the frontier with spain and English territories in the southwest). ALl of them are medieval but some have been more and less heavily modified during the Renaissance :




















Brittany has amazing castles too. I'll select three of them :

Nantes :



Vitré :



Fougères :



Near Paris and in picardy, these two castles have been rebuilt as they were in the middle ages but with some modifications in the case of the latter (especially the roofs on the towers) :






Normandy also has a lot of castles but they are rather dull, so my last regional selection will be Alsace, in eastern France. The Germanic influence is clearly present :







 
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Tulun

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Nov 2010
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Western Eurasia

Tulun

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Nov 2010
3,743
Western Eurasia
#25
I don't think that Srebrenik exists apart from a few bad ruins anymore.

Its not that bad actually... even in ruins impressive



and have more authentic feeling, you can really imagine the bloody wars that could happen there. We in Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans were not as lucky as the Western Europeans in the last hunderd years, our buildings have also more scares..
 

Tulun

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Nov 2010
3,743
Western Eurasia
#26
Some castles from the former Hungarian Kingdom:


Törcsvár-Bran, now in Romania, the historical "Dracula castle"




Árva-Orava now Slovakia




Vajdahunyad-Hunedoara, now in Romania, Janos Hunyadi's castle


Fraknó-Forchenstein now Austria



Csejte-Cachtice, now in Slovakia, its very ruined but this was the castle of Erzsébet/Elisabeth Báthori



Visegrád lower and upper castle, used to be a famous reniassance royal residence, still in Hungary





Krasznahorka-Krásna Hôrka in Slovakia


Diósgyőr-still Hungary



Sümeg-Hungary



Gyula-Hungary



Tata-Hungary




The small castle of Kőszeg (still Hungary) but that actually stopped a 80-100,000 large army and saved Vienna in 1532



Esztergom castle-Hungary, also witnessed some sieges during Ottoman wars and became memorized in a janissary military song,



[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1dmjSX_Y0I&feature=related"]Mehter - Estergon Kalesi - YouTube[/ame]

Munkács-Mukachevo now in Ukraine

 
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pnoozi

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Jul 2011
2,285
New York
#27
I don't mean to be a grammar nazi, but

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Jesus Christ people come on.

On topic...

I've always been impressed with castles and stone structures the older they are, as well as the ones built in the Middle East.
 
May 2012
220
Jajce
#28
Its not that bad actually... even in ruins impressive



and have more authentic feeling, you can really imagine the bloody wars that could happen there. We in Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans were not as lucky as the Western Europeans in the last hunderd years, our buildings have also more scares..
It would be nice when our government would renew all our castles. for example in Stolac we have fortifications:

But in Ruins
 

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