Highclere Castle, United Kingdom: Highclere is a 19th-century castle that serves as the main filming location for the hit-TV show Downton Abbey.

Highclere Castle, United Kingdom: Highclere is a 19th-century castle that serves as the main filming location for the hit-TV show Downton Abbey.

Conwy Castle, North Wales: This medieval fortification was built by Edward I in 1283 and cost roughly £15,000.

Conwy Castle, North Wales: This medieval fortification was built by Edward I in 1283 and cost roughly £15,000.

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland: Kilkenny was built in 1195 by William Marshal and now serves as a conference and graduation venue.

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland: Kilkenny was built in 1195 by William Marshal and now serves as a conference and graduation venue.

Malbork Castle, Poland: Malbork is the largest castle in the world (surface area), and the largest brick building in Europe.

Malbork Castle, Poland: Malbork is the largest castle in the world (surface area), and the largest brick building in Europe.

Schwerin Castle, Germany: First reports of the castle were made in 973, and currently serves as the seat of the state parliament.

Schwerin Castle, Germany: First reports of the castle were made in 973, and currently serves as the seat of the state parliament.

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