Four Favorite Castles in Alsace, France

Alsace is a peaceful and prosperous wine region. Here are four castles that punctuate a storybook landscape of forests, vineyards and well-preserved houses.

Exploring Unspoiled Transylvania

Culturally rich, peaceful and hospitable, Transylvania deserves to join the ranks of major European destinations. For now, it remains unspoiled.

The Epic Grandeur of Castle Howard

With 145 rooms, Castle Howard is one of England's largest stately homes and exceeds all others in terms of grandeur.

Romantic Castles of the Dordogne

Medieval chateaux positively litter the landscape in the Dordogne. We toured three: Chateau de Beynac, Maison Forte de Reignac and Chateau de Bonaguil.

Newly Recommended Hotels in the Dordogne

The July Hideaway Report follows Mr. Harper's travels to the Dordogne. He discovered two new luxury hotels to recommend.

Châteaux Visits in Burgundy

Fortifications dot the strategic Burgundian landscape, ranging from well-defended manor houses to romantic castles bristling with mosaic-roofed towers.

The Cotswolds: A 3-Day Itinerary

Visit the bucolic Cotswolds. This three-day itinerary takes you through the rolling hills and medieval villages of England.

Historic Hotels: Ashford Castle

Echoing across the ancient woodlands and widespread waters surrounding Ashford Castle are countless legends and family histories of western Ireland.

Luxury Travel News: Ashford Castle Spa

A hotel since 1939, the property reopened in April following a comprehensive two-year restoration.

Castles in Mecklenburg: Schloss Basedow and Schloss Güstrow

Beyond Schloss Schwerin, Andrew Harper explores prominent castles of Schloss Basedow and Schloss Guestrow within an easy sightseeing of Mecklenburg, Germany.

Remarkable Castle Ruins Outside of Bratislava

One of the best countries in the world for castle lovers to visit is Slovakia.

Excursion: Palaces of Ludwig II

The famous 19th-century Schloss Neuschwanstein draws huge crowds, so ask your concierge to arrange a reserved entry. On our recent trip, we focused instead on the lesser-known palaces of Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee.

Excursion: A Land of Castles

Following the conquest of 1066, the Norman invaders were determined to consolidate their hold on both the defeated Anglo-Saxons and the recalcitrant Welsh.

Last Word: Scotland Signature Tour

I have been fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time in Scotland. My ancestors came from Moray in the northeast, so the country has always seemed like my second home.

A Trip to Malbork Castle

I’ve been lucky enough to visit many spectacular castles and fortresses during my years of traveling in Europe, but nothing prepared me for the arresting sight of Malbork Castle in a light morning mist on a late summer day.