Last week’s shocking Game of Thrones episode (vague spoiler alert!) put the evil into the show’s Medieval motif. It certainly got us thinking about which of the world’s still-standing castles would be the best place to host a blood-spattered shindig. Behold, our favourite fortresses…

Swallow’s Nest Palace, Ukraine — because it’s nearly summer and we love cliff diving!

Swallow’s Nest Palace, Ukraine

One of the most interesting things about Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France, is the water that surrounds the castle. With fast-moving tides that vary by almost 50 feet, the shores are incredibly dangerous. Like a really effective natural moat.


On the quainter side we appreciate Stalker castle in Scotland.

Stalker castle scotland

Windsor Castle in England is one of the most immaculately maintained castles in the world.

Windsor Castle England

Palacio de Pena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It’s also stands on top of a cliff, which is pretty cool.

Palacio de Pena

Matsumoto Castle was built on a plain, rather than on a hill or a mountain, so it had to be super well protected, which is why it boasts a triple moat; high, strong stone walls; and three rings of fortifications.

Matsumoto Castle

If House Stark was ever looking to purchase a weekend ski retreat, the Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps would be it.


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