Aerial Views of Castles which are even more magnificent from above
# Cochem Castle, Cochem, Germany
Estimated to have been built around the year 1000, the castle was first mentioned in writing in 1051. It was destroyed by French King Louis XIV's army in 1689, then rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style in the 19th century.
# Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
King Ludwig II built this castle as his private refuge in 1886, but almost immediately after his death, it was opened to the public.
# Montalto Dora Castle, Montalto Dora Castle, Italy
Documents place the creation of this castle in the first half of the 12th century, and today the structures have been fully restored inside and out.
# Waldeck Castle, Waldeck, Germany
This 11th-century castle was home to the Counts of Waldeck before being used as military barracks, a state penitentiary, a state archive, a forestry office, and, as it stands today, a hotel.
# Alcázar de Segovia, Segovia, Spain
Nearly a millennium old, this castle was one of Walt Disney's inspirations for Cinderella's own.
# Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Ireland
Dating from the 12th century, this castle is steeped in legend. It is said to occupy the site where St. Patrick converted the King of Munster in the fifth century.
# Farney Castle, Glenreagh, Ireland
This 12th-century castle is the home of knitwear and porcelain designer Cyril Cullen and his family. The former stables have been converted into a design studio.
# Château de Biron, Aquitaine, France
The structure standing today comprises segments built in different centuries. While the original castle dates from the 12th century, only the keep remains.
# Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, France
Like many of the other castles on this list, the Château de Beynac was built in the 12th century. The well-preserved castle lies in the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
# Hohenschwangau Castle, Schwangau, Germany
This 12th-century castle was built by King Maximillian II and was the childhood residence of his son King Ludwig II.
# Eltz Castle, Wierschem, Germany
Thirty-three generations of the Eltz family have owned this castle, the first of which resided there in the 12th century. It is one of only a few German castles that have never been destroyed.