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Rick Steves' Europe: Medieval Castles

Ancient fortresses offer glimpses of medieval brutality and 19th-century Romanticism

Medieval Castles of Europe

Medieval Castles map
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Visiting these historic castles today, travelers see a muddle of Middle Ages bunker mentality and 150-year-old Romantic renovation. While confusing, this weird mix makes for great sightseeing.

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