Walk in the footsteps of royalty.
Europeans are spoiled for castles. No question. On road trips through their homelands it’s normal for French and German citizens to pass turreted palaces and fortresses hundreds of years old. No big deal. For them. An Australian on the same trip would be wide-eyed, demanding to stop and explore each exotic UNESCO World Heritage site.
If the walls of Europe’s castles could talk, what stories they would tell. The buildings house grand ballrooms and dining spaces, as well as secret tunnels and dark dungeons. Beneath Predjama Castle in Slovenia there is a concealed passageway through a cliff, historically used for smuggling and escapes. Vlad the Impaler (also known as Vlad Dracula) was held prisoner in Corvin Castle in Romania in the 15th century for his violent crimes. During the Republic Revolution of 1910, the last Queen of Portugal slept at Pena Palace one final time before leaving her country in exile the next day.