Koblenz, Germany: Medieval Churches, Fortresses and Fairy-tale Castles

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As the train whizzes along the Rhine River from Mainz to Koblenz, I can’t help but feel as if I’m journeying into an idyllic fairy-tale land.  The train passes romantic little towns with a medieval feel, and idyllic villages perched on the steep hillsides tiered with vineyards and orchards. Atop the hills I spot the first of many picture-book castles. Adding to the magic, as the train winds ... Read Full Article

York, England: Castles and Churches and Pubs, Oh My!

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Ahhh York …. with its great city walls, castles and churches. For most tourists coming to this town, the medieval history of this great northern city is the major draw. The renowned City Walls stretch for about 3km and should be walked by all travelers with a just a little or a lot of time on their hands. The walls are dotted with castles and fortifications and every now and then a pub or ... Read Full Article

Cesky Krumlov: Fairytale Castles and a Little Slice of Bohemia

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When the hoards of tourists start to cramp your style in the cobblestone plazas of Prague, solace awaits just a few hours south in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov is like a fairytale village, something right out of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. The jewel of the town greets you on arrival, a looming, ornate Castle tower, the shining light of the vast grounds at the foot of a ... Read Full Article

Must-See Castles in England

There are hundreds of castles in England, each with its own special charm and appeal. The following are a few we think should be on everyone's must-see list. Arundel Castle Arundel Castle is impressive in size and is more modern in appearance than most other castles in England. The 1,000 year-old castle was originally of Norman construction, but has been added to over the years, most recently ... Read Full Article

Captivating Castles in Spain

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Spain is home to more than 2,000 castles, exhibiting the varied cultural influences from throughout the country's history. Though the castles are scattered throughout the country, the largest concentration is in Castile. A number of these castles were built in the 10th and 11th centuries when Moors and Christians were at war and towns were fortified for protection against the enemy. A large number ... Read Full Article