• Clarice Hine

    There are tonnes of castles and fortifications to discover across our Lakes & Mountains destinations. From isolated lookouts to fairytale fancies, here are five of our favourites that are ready and waiting for you to explore.

    Chillon Castle, Montreux, Switzerland

    This rugged castle is situated on its own island overlooking Lake Geneva. There are plenty of events and activities happening here throughout the summer, including a free guided tour that gives you a sneak peek into its interesting history.

    Scaliger Castle, Sirmione, Lake Garda

    Take a stroll around the 12th-century fortification walls of the Scaliger Castle in Sirmione. It’s right on the waterfront and affords fabulous views across Lake Garda. 

    Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany

    Known as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle in Magic Kingdom, Neuschwanstein is a magnificent Romanesque Revival palace.

    Bled Castle, Bled, Slovenia

    Thought to be the oldest château in Slovenia, Bled Castle sits high above the lake with panoramic views across the water and surrounding hills. Visit the museum to see demonstrations of traditional crafts including the blacksmiths and printmaking.

    Kufstein Fortress, Kufstein, Austria

    Take a ride on the Festungsbahn, the funicular railway which links the Kufstein Fortress with the town below. The Fortress is home to the world’s largest open-air organ, the ‘Heroes Organ’, which can be heard throughout the city.