It’s no wonder that almost every fairy tale takes place in a far away land in a beautiful castle. There’s just something magical about these structures’ massive size and architectural features like turrets, spires and drawbridges that will forever recall Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
Although they fill the pages of storybooks, these remarkable dwellings do exist in real life. Some are modern interpretations, while many Gothic and Medieval examples still stand today and can be visited across the globe. Not in the traveling mood? Don’t worry: We’ve rounded up fifteen castles from around the world for you to check out. Let us know in the comments below which ones you’d slay a dragon any day to protect.