Castle Mautendorf (Saltzburg, Austria) was sponsored by Pope Innocent IV who decreed in 1253 that Mautendorf, a market town, should have a castle. Ownership of the castle went to the Turks in 1462 but in 1490 reverted to Saltzburg. In the 15th & 16th centuries, Mautendorf was enlarged with the addition of a smaller tower and the entire building was restored and rebuilt in the 19th century.
Neuschwanstein Castle, perched on a rugged hill in front of the Alpine foothills near Füssen, in southwest Bavaria, Germany, viewed on July 31, 2007. Neuschwanstein was commissioned by Bavaria's King Ludwig II and designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich. Construction began in 1869, but it was only partially completed, with 185 interior rooms of a planned 200 left unfinished.
Edinburg Castle has played a central role in the history of Scotland. Its site, on a rock rising 300 feet above the city, has been fought over more than 2,000 years. Edinburgh's have been repeatedly battered, razed and restores. Most of the present castle dates from the sixteenth century and after. In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future James I (VI of Scotland) within the castle.
Carcassonne, in southwestern France. The year 1000 A.D. marked a turning point — the beginning of the "High Middle Ages," when culture, castles, and cathedrals were on the rise. This was a time of knights in shining armor, peasants in poverty, and queens in castles. It's no surprise that most tourists fill their scrapbooks with castles and cathedrals; these are the great physical accomplishments of medieval Europe. Visiting these places, it's easy to imagine the religious fervor that built…
Paris and the Castles of the Loire Valley Spend a few days in Paris, then rent a car, and follow that with a sumptuous stay at one of the charming chateaux or inns in the Loire Valley. Return to Paris for your last night. 6 Nights from $1,062 w/air, hotel & air taxes*