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Château de Chenonceau is one of the most modern Renaissance castles in France, managing to attract 1.3 million visitors each year (second only to Palace of Versailles in Paris). This incredibly beautiful castle was in the center of the French national history ever since it was created, and here you can read all about it.
Cité de Carcassonne is a castle that had function to not only provide protection to the large military garrison which had access to impressive suite of defensive buildings, but also to provide protection to the entire city of Carcassonn. With its 52 towers and 3km of walls, Cité de Carcassonne represents one of the most celebrated castles in the France.
Conwy Castle is today viewed as one of the crowning achievements of medieval castle building technology, managing to engulf entire city inside of its massive walls and preserve for over 700 years and several disasters. Read here about its interesting history.
You can’t find more iconic “medieval” castle than Neuschwanstein, created in the late 19th century with the specific goal to emulate romanticized architecture of Renaissance castles. Learn more about this highly influential castle here.