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DID YOU KNOW that difference between a palace and a castle is that a castle is a private residence that has many fortifications built around it for defense? A palace is an official residence of a sovereign, archbishop or other important person.
If you’re starting to feel like a prisoner in isolation, or have discovered your Facebook and Instagram feeds aren’t refreshing nearly quickly enough, try something new and take a royal palace tour online.
Europe’s current travel restrictions mean that while cities are bare, and castles and palaces closed, many are giving a glimpse into the luxe life with their online virtual tours.
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Pretend to live like the world’s most famous royal family in the castle that Queen Elizabeth II resides in most often. Be delighted in the Crimson Drawing Room, where many a State Banquet has been enjoyed.
Possibly the most visited castle in the world by tourists, viewed at least from the main gates is Buckingham Palace and home of national celebrations such as Jubilees, weddings, and the annual Trooping the Colour.
Just outside of Paris lies the former residence of French Royalty including Marie Antoinette. Be amazed with close up views of their Artworks , read stories from the palace, and view never before seen behind the house tours that feature Louis XIV’s bust (bet he never thought that would be a highlight to millions of people almost 400 years later!
The legend of Dracula lives on at Bran Castle, one of Romania’s most defining landmarks and the most visited attraction in Romania. This national monument is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie, who extensively renovated it after Hungary lost Transylvania in 1920 and was also used as a hospital in World War II. The royal family was expelled in 1948 after the communist regime seized the castle, before a 2009 government gave the ownership back to the Queen Marie's grandson.
Considered one of the most stunning castles in Europe, the Neo-Renaissance castle, located on a Carpathian hillside, is fairy-tale like in its beauty and was a summer residence of King Carol I, who built it. There is also a spectacular 4,000-piece weapons collection and a room decorated with the Queen’s favourite frescoes.
Visit this 1,000-year-old, UNESCO World Heritage site, founded around 880 by Prince Borivoj. A Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with almost 70,000m2 of land area, with a composition of architectural styles from Romanesque style 10th Century through to Gothic modifications and more modern renovations in 1938.
This 19th Century Romanesque Revival palace is located in picturesque Bavaria and known to be the inspiration by Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. This bird's eye view virtual tour may not take you inside the palace, but does have spectacular aerial views unable to be seen on your normal guided tour from the ground.
Serving as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultan in the 15th and 16th centuries, Topkapi Palace was transformed to a museum in 1924. The palace complex has hundreds of chambers and rooms, with the most important being accessible to the public.