It’s hard to believe that some castles, as lovely, mysterious, and alluring as they are, were once abandoned due to a lack of love. Towers were sometimes left to fall into disrepair, or once-mighty palaces were purposefully damaged in order to render them useless. Despite the devastation, the ruins have taken on their own romance as they defy nature and the odds to become must-see tourist attractions.

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Some are now wowed by tourists who thousands of miles to see them, and while these ruins are mostly well-protected and cared for, that doesn’t mean they’ve lost their sense of otherworldliness.

here are 20 of the most gorgeous abandoned castles in the world that you can visit right now.

#20 Ballycarbery Castle

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Location: County Kerry, Ireland

#19 Muromtzevo Castle

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Location: Sudogda, Russia

#18 Heidelberg Castle

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Location: Heidelberg, Germany

#17 Lowther Castle

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Location: Lowther, United Kingdom

#16 Bannerman Castle

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Location: Pollepel Island. Newburgh,New York

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#15 Hever Castle

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Locations: Edenbridge, United Kingdom

#14 Carew Castle

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Location: Carew, United Kingdom

#13 Krzyztopor Castle

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Location: Ujazd, Poland

#12 Fleckenstein Castle

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Location: Lieu-dit Fleckenstein, France

#11 Dunluce Castle

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Location: Northern Ireland

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#10 Fasil Ghebbi

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Location: Gondar, Ethiopia

#9 Castle of Saint-Ulrich

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Location: Ribeauville, France

#8 Castle Mount Rouge

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Location: North Carolina, USA

#7 Dunnottar Castle

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Location: Stonehaven, United Kingdom


#6 Fort Alexsendar

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Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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#5 Belvedere Castle

Location: New York, USA

#4 Frankenstein Castle

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Location: Hessen, Germany

#3 Pidhirsti Castle

Image Source : Viadyslav Kovalchuk

Location: Pidhirsti, Ukraine

#2 Spis Castle

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Location: Zehra, Slovakia

#1 Boldt Castle

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Location: Alexandria Bay, New York

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