Castles have fascinating histories, once serving as homes and fortification to royal families and entire towns. Within the walls are portraits, tapestries, weapons, furnishings and other items that showcase life we've only read about in history books.
There are castle ruins scattered about the world, but there are also several that remain fully intact and are lovingly cared for to keep the history alive. Many of these are absolute stunners that bring us one step closer to a modern-day fairytale (hey, we can dream!).
Here, we take a look at 30 of the world's most beautiful castles — and, yes, you can visit them.