Thats a hard one.. don't think I can name just one, but of those I've seen
Tintagel, Cornwall - ruins of the castle where King Arthur was born
Urquart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland
Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle, the view of this castle from the park is beautiful, especially when its shrouded in mist
Besides Neuschwanstein Castle, there's another 'killing' castle:
Chateau de Chenonceau. Actually there are lots of beautiful castles in France such as Chateau de Chambord,Chateau de Cheverny, Château d'Azay le Rideau,Chateau de Blois,Chaumont sur Loire, Chateau de Saumur and etc...
If you are into detail, did you notice the structure among UK, France, Italy, Spain, Scaninavia, central europe and eastern europe are much different? Some of them may deliver other nation's influence and 'blend' it with the indigeous style?
Sama thing applies to Thailand's wat and Cambodia's Angkor Wat as well as Burma's; Many current books stated that wats in Thailand are originally from their own but some diagree with that as they claimed it's the 'clones' of many temples from Burma (which supports the fact that ancient kingdoms of Burma invaded Thailand and vanished many of them)
Whatever it is - castles or wats - they are the fables that left many 'unknowns' to most of us
because i grew up near it and have many memories from the park around it - Swords Castle in Dublin
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I really liked Blarney Castle, County Cork in Ireland. It is supposed to be one of Ireland's oldest and most historical castles and it also has the stone of eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Don't know whether it worked on me though.
Call me crazy, but I thought Cardiff Castle was fantastic It's just so incredibly interesting and out there..
Though the Nijo Castle we saw in Kyoto may just be my favourite.
Nijo Castle? What are the aspects attract you the most? The legend of this castle?
NeuSchwanstein Castle is on the list of Seven Nefw World Wonders, read this:
Speaking of castles, the 'forts' in Rajasthan, India are really spectacular. Most European ones I've seen pale in comparison to Mehrangarh in Jodhpur and Amber near Jaipur. There are of course a whole horde of others, in ruins and otherwise, in Rajasthan.
The only castles I've seen (besides Cinderella's!) are Belfast Castle and Carrickfergus Castle in Carrickfergus, N. Ireland. The latter was really nice and the view was beautiful - one of the only sunny days we had when I was there.
What stands out most, though, is walking along the street from the train station to the castle, and seeing all these pretty drunk young men dressed in purple band uniforms, while my b/f whispered in my ear to just keep walking and not make eye contact. It was a little scary, in an exciting sort of way.
Bunratty Castle is the clear choice people