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These Virtual Tours Of European Castles And Palaces Will Give You The Royal Treatment

As nations across the globe continue to impose lockdowns and heightened quarantine measures amidst the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more attractions around the world are opening their doors to international visitors—well, sort of.

Iconic institutions that champion art, culture and history such as opera houses and museums are keeping people at home preoccupied with free shows and virtual tours. And if you couldn’t get enough of them, you’ll be glad to know that several royal residences in Europe also offer virtual tours!

From the Windsor Castle in England to the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, here are eight royal residences you can explore virtually right now:



Windsor Castle – England

Windsor Castle Virtual Tour
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One of the royal residences of the British Royal Family, Windsor Castle takes the title for the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, having been built way back in the 11th century!

Launch Windsor Castle virtual tour now!



Buckingham Palace – England

Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour
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Ever wanted to sneak a peek into the official residence and administrative headquarters of the U.K.’s royal family? Now you can! While it’s impossible to catch a glimpse of the Queen in the virtual tour of the Buckingham Palace, being able to see the Throne Room, Grand Staircase, and White Driving Room—with clickable info pop-ups—is already a treat in itself!

Launch Buckingham Palace virtual tour now!



Edinburgh Castle – Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Virtual Tour
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This historic fortress is among the Scottish capital’s most-visited landmarks. Situated on the Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is actually a fortress that stretches across Edinburgh’s skyline. 

Launch Endinburgh Castle virtual tour now!



Bran Castle – Romania

Bran Castle Romania Virtual Tour
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More popularly known as “Dracula’s Castle,” Bran Castle is one of Romania’s most defining monuments and landmarks. In the virtual tour, you may explore the Castle’s interior and view the numerous artifacts it houses. 

Launch Bran Castle virtual tour now!



Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle Virtual Tour
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Though called a castle, Neuschwanstein Castle is actually a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace that can be found in Bavaria. It’s well-known for its fairytale-ish features.

Launch Neuschwanstein Castle virtual tour now!



Malbork Castle – Poland

Malbork Castle Virtual Tour
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This UNESCO-listed castle and fortress is the largest castle in the world, covering 52 acres of land. Historically, the castle’s expansion is mainly attributed to the growing number of knights it had to host. 

Launch Malbork Castle virtual tour now!



Palace of Versailles – France

Palace of Versailles France Virtual Tour
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A true symbol of French sophistication and opulence, the Palace of Versailles is considered one of the greatest achievements of France in the field of art. The virtual tour being offered on Google Arts and Culture will allow you into The Hall of Mirrors, and enable you to zoom into the ceiling paintings by Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne in clear detail. 

Launch Palace of Versailles virtual tour now!



Prague Castle – Czech Republic

Prague Castle Virtual Tour
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Located in the heart of the Czech capital, Prague Castle is a 9th-century castle that serves as the official office of the country’s President. 

Launch Prague Castle virtual tour now!



Which virtual tour did you enjoy most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!



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