Back in the day, you were nothing without your own fortress — and so much of Europe is covered with castles — or, more accurately, the ruins of castles. But now, many of these former grand residences lie in ruins, including some that are historically pertinent and part of a fascinating history. But now they can be enjoyed as they once were.
Working with designers and architects and using CGI, BudgetDirect rebuilt seven of the most unique castles in Europe to show us what they looked like in their heyday. Enjoy!
Samobor Castle, Samobor, Croatia
A once-regal stone fortress stands above Samobor, Croatia, with only the guard tower intact. According to Budget Direct, “The Kingdom of Bohemia was a medieval monarchy that ruled over the parts of the modern-day Czech Republic and Germany from the end of the 12th century until the First World War. The Bohemian ruler Ottokar built Samobar Castle in the mid-13th century, during a war over the disputed Duchy of Styria. But he soon lost it to Croatian-Hungarian forces.”