Island Church Bled Slovenia

Hands down, the Church of the Assumption in Bled Slovenia puts this Castle town in the top 10 in Europe

Travel Porn delivers visual stimulation from around the world each week (most likely Fridays when I’m not stuck in a backwater somewhere). If this doesn’t get you hot, bothered, and fantasizing about your packed luggage (carry on, roll on, backpack, whatever turns you on) you might not be a traveler…

The Castle Town of Bled, Slovenia

In honor of my upcoming trip back to Slovenia this weeks travel porn is all about the BEST castle towns in Europe. Yes, I’m going out on a limb here by putting Bled in the Top 10 Castle Towns in Europe. I’m going even further out on a bending branch by not showing you a picture of the Castle!

What town in Europe do you think has the best Castle Town?

Put your vote below in the comments and feel free to link to an article, pretty picture or the comments of a supportive (but paid) relative who agrees with you :)

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30 Responses to “European Castle Goodness- What European Castle Town is the Best?”

  1. What about Mount St. Michele in northern France. Watch out for the tide and quicksand!
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  2. Awesome Scenery and location. :)

  3. Red HuntNo Gravatar says:

    That is one super awesome looking castle in Bled. I think the Neu********** whatever castle in Germany always looks pretty amazing too. Anything with a nice setting of mountains or forest around it gets high marks form me, to give a bit of colour to the dull, grey stone walls….
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  4. CaitlynNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got to get myself to Bled… I must say I’ve been a little disappointed about most castles I’ve seen in Europe, however I’ve really just gone to the touristy ones. There’s actually quite a few in the southern Netherlands and in Belgium which are quite nice and not too touristy.
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  5. To see the best Castles you can’t escape Europe, and to see some of the best of Europe, you can’t escape Castles!

    The castle on Lake Bled looks pretty awesome though, definitely a Top 10′er!
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  6. Ron JonesNo Gravatar says:

    If there is one thing Europe has a lot of it’s castles.
    If you are travelling to the UK to look at castle certain ones (Tower of London) hold a lot of interesting history. Others although old and historic are not present in a way that explains there history and purpose.
    If you aren’t visiting a popular castle, do some background research.

  7. Vivian LeeNo Gravatar says:

    This picture reminded me of my childhood fantasies, really pretty! Each and every castle in Europe is different and special because they their own unique characteristics, architecture and history. I so love castles! I envy Kate Middleton a lot.

  8. SoniaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow that’s how fairy tales and princesses were born!
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  9. Well you took my answer Todd! I have been a HUGE supporter of Slovenia and written a number of posts promoting the country in cooperation with the Slovenia Tourist Board. I love telling people about Bled but part of me wants to keep Slovenia a secret too. Slovenia is a fantastic country and very underrated.

    If I had to pick somewhere else, I would also like to explore castles in the UK as well. England, Scotland, and Wales all have some great ones!
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  10. A worthy winner! I loved my visit to Bled. Although an evening stroll around the lake wasn’t such a great idea. Especially forgetting the torch!!!

    Love the blog, kind regards, Si
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  11. AbujiNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for sharing these nice photos…You are so damn creative!

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  12. For some reason the Church of the Assumption reminds me of the caslte you see at the beginning of Walt Disney movies and animations.

  13. glenNo Gravatar says:

    That is one of the most beautiful castles Ive ever seen, thanks for sharing this photo, it looks like something out of Disney

  14. RebeccaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. What a fantastic picture.

  15. How about that. I was just thinking of visiting Slovenia next summer…and I come across this :)
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  16. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Todd, just a quick note to tell you that this blog post (almost) helped us decide where our destination for today’s day trip was going to be (I say “almost” because it was already on the short list before your post, but it may have helped the final decision).

    In other terms. We went to Carcassonne today. :-)
    Full post coming soon.
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  17. GeoffNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve only experienced a handful of castle towns myself, but I’ll have to place my vote for Neuschwanstein in Bavaria (and yes I did have to google the spelling).
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  18. Since I live in nearby, with no doubt my vote goes to BLED.

    And welcome back to Slovenia, I invite you to drink a coffee …

  19. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    Hard choice.
    I’ll go with a double feature: Beynac and Castlenaud in the Dordogne department (one cannot go without the other)
    (blatant self-promotion here: both coming soon in my “David in France” blog :-) )
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  20. Glenn BarkerNo Gravatar says:

    We just visited Prague last month for the first time. What an awesome city, and the beautiful historic castle dominates the skyline. That would definitely be on my Top Ten list!

  21. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    Ok, I’m going to sound stupid (or French) but what’s a castle-town?
    I mean, I know what a castle is, I know what a town is, but not sure about the castle town thing..
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Its a town with a castle in it :) Or its a town build around a castle, or its a town with a castle nearby. Either way, you get to walk around town, or in a castle and you are blow away by the beauty of either a) the town b) the castle c) nature d) combination :) You French are just too lucky to take castles for granted!

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