Swallow's Nest Castle, Ukraine
Spotlights cast shadows on Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Built on a dormant volcano, the castle began as a small fortress around the year A.D. 600. Over the centuries it has been the site of scores of battles.
Commanding a view of the bluish-green Alpsee lake and girded by dark forests, King Ludwig's fairy-tale marble castle Neuschwanstein rises from a lofty rock west of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Floodlights wash over Prague Castle and reflect in a glassy Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. The Prague Castle complex is the largest of its kind in the world, housing everything from the nation's crown jewels to the offices of the president to Prague's largest church. It also offers the best views of the city.
Bodrum Castle, Turkey
Turkey's Bodrum harbor is home to the Castle of St. Peter, which was built by the Hospitallers in the early 1400s. Suleyman I the Magnificent captured the site in 1522.
Castle of Presule, Italy
A dense winter fog cleared briefly to reveal this fairy-tale scene around the Castle of Presule in South Tirol, Italy. The main castle was built around 1500, but it contains portions of the original fortress erected on the site in the early 13th century.
Burgundy Castle, France
A chateau and church crown fertile fields in the CÃ´te-d'Or, a 30-mile (50-kilometer) strip of land in Bourgogne (Burgundy), France. The Cote-d'Or produces some of France's most venerated wines.
Surrounded by shrubs, Manorbier Castle fits nicely into the Welsh countryside. Built by Norman conquerors in the 11th century at first as a wooden structure and later of stone at this well-preserved castle in Pembrokeshire is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Wales.