One of the main attractions of Europe is its rich history of royals. Some of its most famous attractions include the palaces and castles that formerly (and in some instances still do) house the monarchs of Europe. This geography quiz will test your knowledge of European palaces and castles like no other!
The venue of 3 of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual garden party, which London palace is this?
With 3,418 rooms, which Spanish royal residence is this?
Which microstate is home to this palace?
Which Belgian royal residence is this, boasting a facade 50% longer than that of Buckingham Palace?
Looking out onto the Baltic sea, which palace is this?
Which castle is this, which hosted the 2018 British Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Princess Meghan?
Situated on top of a mountain overlooking it’s capital, which Royal Family’s residence is this?
Since France became a Republic, which palace transformed from a Royal Residence (who’s residents included Marie Antoinette) into one of France’s most popular tourist attractions?
Located in St Petersburg, which former royal residence is this?
Serving as inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle, which famous castle is this?
Let us know how you did in the comments below!
If you want to learn a little more about the European Palaces and Castles mentioned, we’ve got you covered:
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of Queen Elizabeth II (and every other monarch) of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, London, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning. Following Princess Diana’s death, the gates were lined with flowers.
El Palacio Real in Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family, although now is only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe. The original building was built in 860 and 880.
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. It was built in 1191 as a fortress when the German Emperor Henry IV surrendered the harbor to the Republic of Genoa on the condition that they build fortifications to combat piracy. During its long and often dramatic history it has been attacked by foreign palaces. From June to October, the Palace is open to visitors.
The Royal Palace of Brussels
The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians – but this does not mean that they live there. In fact, the king and his family live in the Royal Palace of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels. It boasts a facade 50% longer than that of Buckingham Palace, but its floor area of 33,027 m^2 is less than half of Buckingham Palace’s floor area (77,000 m^2).
The Royal Palace of Stockholm
Found in the capital of Sweden, The Royal Palace of Stockholm is The King of Sweden’s official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy’s official receptions, open to the public year round.The royal residence has been situated in the same place since the middle of the 13th century. The palace is even rumoured to be haunted!
Windsor Castle, England
This is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Windsor Castle is open to visitors throughout the year. It can be found in the county of Berkshire, just outside of London.The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror.
Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein
The charming castle of Vaduz is official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Described as the “symbol of the capital”, it differs from all the other official royal residences on this list, as it is positioned on a hilltop 120m above Vaduz. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public as the Royal family live there full time.
Although France became a Republic in 1792, the nation kept on to their beautiful royal residences. Versaille is perhaps France’s most famous, in part thanks to its relation with it’s infamous resident Marie Antoinette. It was the 3rd most popular attraction in Île-de-France, behind the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. If you ever visit, make sure you see the Hall of Mirrors, the palace’s decadent gallery.
Winter Palace, Russia
Found in Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Winter Palace was the official residence of the Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917. It is easily spotted, thanks to its green and white colouring, and beautiful Baroque architecture. It was built with rooms so big that the dining table could seat 1000 guests, and the state rooms was able to accommodate up to 10,000 people – provided they were all standing.
One of the most beautiful of the European castles and palaces on this list. Situated on a jagged hill in Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace. Although the country no longer has a royal family, this castle remains a popular tourist destination. It was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner. The beautiful castle served as inspiration for Disney’s iconic Sleeping Beauty’s castle. For an amazing view of the castle, wander to Marienbrücke bridge which passes 90 m over the Pöllat river.