Though France is known for its decadent landmarks, the presidential mansion dwarfs many of the country’s other iconic sites in design and power.
The Élysée Palace, which is larger than the White House and the Palace of Versailles, has served as a lavish symbol of official power and diplomacy since 1873.
See inside the massive historic landmark that isn’t as easily accessible as the nearby Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe.
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.
It may not be the most conventional place to stay, but why not make your trip all the more memorable?
When we think of Scotland and Ireland, many of us immediately conjure up the beautiful, medieval castles that pepper the landscapes throughout both countries. Often, the majestic castles loom over the modern day cities, their commanding presence still a key feature, even after hundreds of years. Continue at Source: 10 Scottish & Irish Castles You Can Actually Stay At
Europe is dotted with castles—you can find them all across the continent. They’re in mountains, on beaches, and even in the middle of urban cities that have grown around these ancient fortresses. Some are in varying degrees of disrepair, but no less beautiful than the ones that have been well preserved. See more at Source: 10 Stunning European Medieval Castles You Must Plan A Trip To See
CASTLES! VISITING ONE CAN INSTANTLY make the world feel like a magical place. Whether it’s a decaying ruin or a perfectly kept stronghold, a beautiful castle can inspire fantasy just as readily as it can provide a history lesson. Luckily, the world is home to so many castles and fortresses that it’s almost impossible to have seen them all. We recently asked Atlas Obscura readers in our Community forums to tell us about their favorite castles, and their responses were royally awesome. See more at Source: 16 Real Castles That Make the World More Wondrous