Tours: Gawking at Europe's Castles
By OUTTraveler Editors
If centuries-old architecture is your thing, visit the ‘t Steen castle during your trip to Antwerp. The castle was originally built in the 13th-century and it included a church, courthouse, warehouse, and monumental gate. Over time, the castle has been renovated by different kings and reduced in size from its original design. The castle sits on the old site of an old fortress and its name derives from stone, which the castle is made from.
It’ll only take seven hours to complete the North Zealand and Hamlet Castle Tour. The Kronborg castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town of Elisnore, another Hamlet site, is also included in the tour. Guests also get a chance to see Fredensborg castle, the home of the royal Danish family, and the 17th-century Frederiksborg castle.
When in Munich, take advantage of the Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich for a chance to see two impressive German castles. King Ludwig II built these castles in the 19th-century, but he only lived in Linderhof castle. However, the Neuschwanstein mansion served as the model for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The tour takes over 10 hours to complete and guests will get the chance to wander the through the extensive grounds. Guests also get an up-close view of Germany’s stunning and famous mountainous terrain.
The four-hour Stockholm Royal Sightseeing Tour takes you through Stockholm’s royal history. History and cultural buffs will revel in the chance to visit some of the city’s royal attractions, including farms and churches. Some of the tours include trips to Drottningholm Palace, the current home of the Swedish court.