Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe

The origin of Gothic architecture harks back to the beginning of the medieval period.  A group of Germanic peoples called the Goths defeated the western Roman empire and went on building their own kingdom across western and central Europe. Though they were praised for their victory over the Romans yet the Goths would adopt their artistic traditions and culture. After sacking the western Roman empire, the Goths migrated to Gaul (France) and Iberia. They formed the Visigothic Kingdom and practice Catholic Christianity.

They started building distinctive towering castles, palaces, and cathedrals which today has become a legacy of their own. Gigantic pointed arches, intricate rib vault, flying buttress and detailed tracery are some of the key features of Gothic architecture. The idea of building these towering buildings was to show their dominance but also to allow as much natural light to penetrate the interior of the building. Unlike how they would normally be seen as ‘barbarians’, the Goths were certainly a group of ancient people who gave much importance to delicate aesthetic when it comes to architecture. For instance, their stained-glass window panels gave the interior of the Gothic building an exquisite look. 

Interestingly, their predominant pointed arch and rib vaults were taken inspiration from the pre-Islamic and Islamic architectures in the Near East. Eventually, the early Gothic architecture evolved to Flamboyant and Neo-Gothic style. 

Below we have made a list of some of the top  Gothic castles and palaces in Europe:

1. Peleș Castle, Romania 

Peleș Castle- Top Gothic Castles in Europe
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 Website: Peleș Castle

2. Bran Castle, Romania – Dracula’s Gothic Castle

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe
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Website: Bran Castle 

3. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Website : Neuschwanstein Castle

4. Corvin Castle- Hunedoara Romania

corvin castle hunedoara romania
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Website: Corvin Castle 

5. Jidvei Castle, Romania 

Gothic Castles in Europe
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Website: Jidvei Castle

6. Hohenzollern Castle, Germany 

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany- Gothic Castles
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Website: Hohenzollern Castle, Germany 

7. Malbork Gothic Castle, Poland

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Website: Malbork Castle 

8. Sturdza Castle, Romania

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe
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Website: Sturdza Castle

9. Zvikov Castle, Czech Republic

Zvikov Castle, Czech Republic- Gothic Castle
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Website: Zvikov Castle

10. Bánffy Gothic Castle , Romania

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe
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11. Karlstejn Gothic Castle, Czech Republic

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe
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Website: Karlstejn Castle 

12. Palais de la Cité, France 

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe
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Website: Palais de la cité

13. Hampton Court Palace, UK

Hampton Court Palace, UK
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Website: Hampton Court Palace

14. Château de Vincennes, France

Top Gothic Castles and Palaces in Europe
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Website: Château de Vincennes 

15. Palace of the Kings of Navarre, Spain

Gothic Palace of the Kings of Navarre
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Website: Palace of the Kings of Navarre

16. Doge’s Palace, Italy

Gothic Doge's Palace, Italy
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Website: Doge’s Palace

17. Palais des Papes, France

Gothic Palais des Papes, France
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Website: Palais des Papes

If you’re into Gothic architecture then check out some  Top Gothic Cathedrals in Europe 

Top Gothic Cathedrals in Europe

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