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!
Windsor Castle – England
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!
Buckingham Palace – England
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!
Edinburgh Castle – Scotland
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.
Bran Castle – Romania
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.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
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.
Malbork Castle – Poland
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.
Palace of Versailles – France
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.
Prague Castle – Czech Republic
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.
Which virtual tour did you enjoy most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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