Castle Secrets & Legends

Castle Secrets & Legends Travel Guide

On a rocky outcrop in central Germany stands the forbidding ruins of a monstrous castle where a scientist conducted a series of sinister experiments. Hidden within one of England's most famous country manors ...

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Berkeley Springs Castle

Also known as the Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage, Berkley Castle once saw many extravagant parties. Now a National Historic Site, rumors abound that the castle is haunted by numerous spirits.

276 Cacapon Rd
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

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Castle Frankenstein

The origins of one of the most famous horror stories of all time can be traced here. Take one of the many tours or get a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant that serves authentic German cuisine.

64367 Mühltal, Germany

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Chateau de Miolans

The Chateau de Moilans, in the South of France, seems to be impenetrable with its double moat and thick walls. This prison and fortress once held the literary giant, Marquis de Sade.

73250 St Pierre Albigny

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Colditz Castle

High on a hilltop in central Germany stands the massive white-washed edifice of Colditz Castle, located not far from Dresden and haunted by its Nazi history.

Schloßgasse 1, 04680
Colditz, Germany

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Cromer Hall

For generations, the area of England where Cromer Hall is located has been rumored to be haunted by a ferocious wild dog. This piece of folklore inspired Doyle to write The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Hall Rd, Cromer, Norwich, Norfolk NR11, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh Castle

Head to Scotland’s capital city, for a tour of the ancient castle. See the stained glass windows in the Great Hall, which was completed in 1511 and is renowned for its Hammerbeam roof.

Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

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Fort Royal

In 17th-century France, a single prisoner was locked up in this fortress and forced to wear an iron mask. Visit the museum inside the fort to see his cell, as well as items recovered from ancient shipwrecks.

Ile Ste Marguerite, France

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Gradara Castle

A fortress on a hill, Gradara Castle and the town surrounding it are enclosed by 2 city walls. But despite its imposing appearance, the castle and its grounds are open for guided tours and cultural events.

Piazza V Novembre, 1, 61012 Gradara Pesaro e Urbino, Italy

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Hammond Castle

Within the walls of Hammond Castle, a bizarre experiment was conducted in an effort to prove that ESP, or extrasensory perception, is real. Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the 1920s mansion’s many rooms.

80 Hesperus Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930

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Highclere Castle

Located west of London, Highclere Castle just happens to be the set of the hit series Downton Abbey. But it also harbors a secret: Stored in its recesses is a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.

Highclere Park, Newbury
West Berkshire RG20 9RN
United Kingdom

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Karlsruhe Castle

Built in 1715, this ancient castle sits at the center of the city with 32 streets radiating out from it, like spokes on a wheel, and was the seat of power for the Grand Dukes of Baden.

Schloßbezirk 10, 76131

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The Lyndhurst estate sits on 67 acres by the Hudson River. The estate was last owned by railroad tycoon, Jay Gould, who was known as the “Wizard of Wall Street.”

635 S Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

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Marble House

Marble House, named for its 500,000 cubic feet of marble, is now a National Historic Landmark and continues to be a hallmark of wealth in America.

596 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840

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Morris-Jumel Mansion

In Manhattan sits this Palladian-style manor inspired by ancient Greek temples. The mansion is preserved as a museum, but in its heyday, it served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032

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In this small French village, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene was the parish of 19th-century priest, Bérenger Saunière, who claimed to have found a buried treasure. More than a century later, people continue to search for the treasure.

11190 Aude

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Round Hill Manor

The opulent mansion was built by America’s wealthiest woman, known as the “Witch of Wall Street.”

307 Smith Neck Rd
South Dartmouth, MA 02748

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Searles Castle

This castle has 40 rooms, 36 fireplaces, 7 stories and even a dungeon-style basement. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has changed hands several times since Searles’ death in 1920.

389 Main St
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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Seward House

The Seward House Museum documents the life of the Secretary of State. The house is preserved with the original furnishings, belongings and artwork that belonged to the Seward family.

33 South St
Auburn, NY 13021

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Thrumpton Hall

Dating back to the 16th century, this 300-acre sprawling estate in the rolling hills of Nottinghamshire boasts a magnificent library, and the windows display the coats of arms of the families who once inhabited these halls.

Church Lane, Thrumpton
Nottingham NG11 0AX
United Kingdom

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Tower of London

Standing proudly on the north bank of the River Thames is this iconic fortress. Built in 1066 as a royal residence, it's where the crown jewels are held securely for the monarch.

London EC3N 4AB
United Kingdom

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Vanderbilt Museum

Located on the family’s 43-acre estate named the Eagle’s Nest, this museum houses William K. Vanderbilt II’s marine, natural history and ethnographic collections. Visit the museum for a “living tour” where guides bring the home to life.

180 Little Neck Rd
Centerport, NY 11721

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Villa Mondragone

Located about 12 miles southeast of Rome, this villa served as a temporary home for a few popes in the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s currently owned by the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Via Frascati, 51, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone Roma, Italy


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