There are countless historic sites across Europe that offer the feeling of travelling back in time by visiting them. And among these sites, the best way to confront history while still enjoying stunning scenery is to visit a castle.
However, it can be a difficult decision for anyone who wants to choose which castle is the most worth visiting on a trip to Europe. According to the travel agency The Thinking Traveller, one of the best ways to choose such a destination is to look at which locations are most often featured on Social Media. After going through millions of Instagram hashtags, the travel agency has compiled a list of the top 15 most Instagrammed castles.
The Buda Castle (Budapest, Hungary) was ranked 8th on the list, even beating the Palace of Versailles in France.
The Buda Castle is perhaps one of the most famous places in Budapest, so it’s not such a surprise that pictures taken there are trending on Instagram. The complex is currently home to the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery. The castle and its neighbourhood have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987. The castle served as the seat of the Hungarian kings from the 13th century. Although its history has been full of turbulent turns, tourists can still admire the castle and its neighbourhood in beautifully preserved condition. Visitors will find many medieval monuments, 17th-18th century houses and charming cobbled streets in the castle district. In addition, the basement system beneath the castle and the caves with thermal water beneath the hill are also exceptional.
With the hashtag #budacastle, Buda Castle is featured in 205,807 posts on Instagram.
The first place was taken by the Tower of London. A total of 647,112 people used the hashtag #toweroflondon on Instagram. The tower built after the Norman Conquest served as a prison for centuries. However, today, as the number of Instagram posts shows, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
The hashtag #edinburgcastle was used in a total of 646,244 posts. One of the most interesting features of the castle is that it was built on top of an extinct volcano. The iconic building is one of Scotland’s most important national heritage sites and also a favourite among tourists.
The castle is a real hidden treasure, as it is located on a small island with a population of only about 30 people. Historically, the castle has played an important defensive role, as its isolation has made it easy to keep invaders from invading the castle. The hashtag #montsaintmichel has been used 596,062 times on Instagram.
Source: thethinkingtraveller.com, novekedes.hu, budapestinfo.hu