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Palace Escape

We shelter safely in our homes. We squint into the screen and chat box to box. We are lucky in so many ways. But, sometimes it’s fun to dream of supersized rooms with impossibly high ceilings, sweeping views, wasted corners, and forbidden passageways.

So, to roam free in gilded splendour – and to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday – here’s a peek into some beautiful European castles.

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Windsor Castle. Berkshire. England

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Chateau de Versailles. France.

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Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna. Austria

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Linderhof Palace. Bavaria, Germany.
* Note the Venus Grotto  – with the lake inside a cave – that superfan King Ludwig II built to honour the First Act of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser”.

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An Abandoned Castle in Scotland.

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Palacio de Pena. Sintra. Portugal. 

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Wilanów Palace. Warsaw. Poland

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Neuschwanstein Castle. Germany

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Rock of Cashel. Ireland

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Drummond Castle Gardens. Scotland

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Header: Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Queen Victoria. 1859

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