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Postby Sir Ninja Pilot » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:42 am

I was just wondering which country you guy's think had the greatest castles? (I think France.)
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Postby Username » Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:52 pm

I seem to like the ones in the German/Austrian area.
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Postby stuifzand » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:26 pm

Username wrote:I seem to like the ones in the German/Austrian area.

Me too, Germany has the best castles imo.
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Postby castlebuilder100 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:15 am

I too am a fan of German castles but there are so many great castles throughout the world that it's hard to decide.
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Postby darcsied » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:39 pm

I like a lot of the Welsh castles.
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Postby doodstormer » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:33 pm

Ireland has a lot of the really cool looking ones.
Not biased at all, by the way. :P
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Postby Aliencat » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:22 pm

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Postby Ye Olde Republic » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:12 am

Wales.

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Postby ELMAS » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:18 am

France,
Just a little tour of the loire valley will sufice:

http://www.castles-france.net/loire-val ... astles.htm
Chenonceau
http://www.a-castle-for-rent.com/castles/chenonceau.htm
Azay le Rideau
http://www.a-castle-for-rent.com/castle ... ssance.htm
Chambord
http://www.a-castle-for-rent.com/castles/chambord.htm
Cheverny
http://www.a-castle-for-rent.com/castles/classical.htm
Villandry
http://www.a-castle-for-rent.com/castles/gardens.htm

I like some spanish castles and some classics in England, Wales and Scottland but overall I think France wins with Quantity and Quality IMHO

Been in the loire so maybe I am a bit biased.
Also the quintesential example of a still-standing fortified city is in france:

http://www.naryves.com/pj/france/carcassonne2.jpg

I rest my case :)
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Postby Teddy » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:15 pm

Dear Elmas,

due to a lack of knowledge on other fortifications I agree with you on Carcassonne, for the time being, as being the best medieval fortified city I know.

But the topic was about castles and not fortified cities.
As for the castles you refer to in france, they are Renaissance palaces inspired by medieval architecture.
So I'm not sure if they can be counted as real castles, since they werent used in the middle ages as such. Or if they were, they are just too remodified to even resemble the origional. Another example of a palace inspired on medieval architecture is Neuschwanstein in Germany. Since this isn't from the middle ages I wouldn't count that as a viable castle as well.
So if we would make this fair we should only compare castles originating, being as close to origional as possible, and actually being used in the middle ages.
and in that case I just wouldn't know. :wink:
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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:28 pm

I have to say I like several castles all over. I think York would have been a spiffy castle in its day but not much is left. If I had to select one area it'd be the Edwardian Welsh castles. Edward I meant business and his castles new or remodelled are awesome even today!

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Postby LEGOFREAK » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:47 am

this is like asking "which apple tastes best" - :D sometimes you are in the mood for a Granny Smith, sometimes a Fuji.... just depends on the mood.
Just doesn't make sense to me. I love a lot of German castles, Welsh castles, Irish, French, English, Spanish, well, you get the idea.... (and there are a dozen countries I didn't even list!)
My favorite castle is Krak des Chevaliers... mainly for the history, and the fortifications. However, there are MANY other castles that could qualify on those grounds. Some of my other favorites are the Tower of London, Neuschwanstein Castle, la Mota Castle, Craigievar Castle, again.. the list goes on and on.
I even love a lot of the fantasy castles that I've seen here. :D
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Postby Seikfreid » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:51 pm

LEGOFREAK wrote:this is like asking "which apple tastes best" - :D sometimes you are in the mood for a Granny Smith, sometimes a Fuji.... just depends on the mood.
Just doesn't make sense to me. I love a lot of German castles, Welsh castles, Irish, French, English, Spanish, well, you get the idea.... (and there are a dozen countries I didn't even list!)
My favorite castle is Krak des Chevaliers... mainly for the history, and the fortifications. However, there are MANY other castles that could qualify on those grounds. Some of my other favorites are the Tower of London, Neuschwanstein Castle, la Mota Castle, Craigievar Castle, again.. the list goes on and on.
I even love a lot of the fantasy castles that I've seen here. :D


I'd have to agree on this one, though if we were going by names it would have to be Germany. Neuschwanstein literally means "new swan stone" in English. Hohenshcwangau means " high swan". You gotta love it. :lol:
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Re: Greatest castles

Postby Teherean » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:51 pm

I think England has some truly awesome castles.
And Abruzzo in Italy has one castle for every 10 miles you drive. It's great!
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Re: Greatest castles

Postby Kevin1990 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:20 pm

you guys are all wrong :D :D :D:D
THE BEST castle are
Vampire Vlad's Castle
and
Frankensteins Castle :D
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