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05/24/2014 07:48 am ET | Updated May 25, 2014

26 Castles That Have Reached Fairytale Status

Castles are already pretty spectacular but put one on top of a mountain or hanging over the edge of a cliff and they get elevated to fairytale status.

From Scotland to Syria, the amazing architecture and jaw-dropping views are sure to impress any traveler.

Swallow's Nest, Gaspra, Crimea
swallows nest crimea

Aragonese Castle, Ischia, Italy
aragonese castle italy

Doria Castle, Portovenere, Italy
castle portovenere

Alcázar of Segovia, Segovia, Spain
alcazar segovia

Gyantse Fortress, Gyantse, Tibet
gyantse fortress

Peñafiel Castle, Peñafiel, Spain
peñafiel castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Germany
neuschwanstein castle

Lichtenstein Castle, Lichtenstein, Germany
lichtenstein castle

Citadelle de Bonifacio, Corsica, France
corsica cliff castle

Dubrovnik Castle Wall, Dubrovnik, Croatia
dubrovnik castle wall

Hohenwerfen Castle, Werfen, Austria
hohenwerfen castle

The Castle of Venus at Erice, Sicily, Italy
castle of venus erice

Guaita Fortress, San Marino, Republic of San Marino
guaita fortress san marino

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
edinburgh castle cliff

Culzean Castle, Maybole, Scotland
culzean castle

Castle Hohenschwangau, Hohenschwangau, Germany
castle hohenschwangau

Burg Hochosterwitz, Hochosterwitz, Austria
burg hochosterwitz

Heidelberg Castle, Schlosshof, Germany
heidelberg castle

Burg Eltz, Münstermaifeld, Germany
burg eltz

Château de Puilaurens, Lapradelle-Puilaurens, France
château de puilaurens cathar castle france

Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick, Scotland
dunskey castle

Château de Quéribus, Cucugnan, France
cathar castle queribus

Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland
dunnottar castle angus

Krak des Chevaliers, Talkalakh, Syria
krak des chevaliers

Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, Wales
chepstow castle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
castelnaud la chapelle

CORRECTION: A previous image for Hohenwerfen Castle in fact showed Neuschwanstein Castle.

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