A guide to the palaces and monarchies of Europe

Do you have a fascination for the castles and palaces of Europe? For the daily life of the European kings and queens, their mistresses, their family and their servants?

For their outrageous wealth and display of power? Their madness, weaknesses and courage? And their love life..?  

So do I!

There is no footage or snapshots to watch, and we can't follow them on insta. We can only imagine what life must have been in the palaces of Europe by reading books, watching movies and visiting the remaining royal residences. This enables us to go back in time and get a glimpse into the life of the ‘pop stars’ of the past!  

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On this website, I have gathered stories of famous European palaces, the people that lived there and details of their life. And, if you completely want to get into it, I have added some tips on spending the night in a European castle

You can also find the answer to burning questions like:

Me and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, one of my favourites!Me and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, one of my favourites!

My name is Jet. I am from the Netherlands, incidentally one of the few European countries that still have a constitutional monarchy.

Want to know more about me, my fascination with royalty, and about this website? Visit my page here.

Palaces of Europe by country

 While Austria was ruled by the holy roman emperor, a char ruled in Russia. Italy was divided into several small city-states and kingdoms where the Doge ruled Venice and a Queen resided in Parma. French was ruled by a lot of Louis', always fighting with the United Kingdom on the other side of the sea. 

European Countries that still have a royal family today are Andorra Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and last but not least the United Kingdom. In most of these countries, the monarch has a mere ceremonial role these days. 

All these royals left a wide variety of palaces and castles in almost all countries in Europe. Here are some of my favourites. 

Palaces of France

Palaces in Greece

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Palaces of Europe, who live(d) there?

Due to centuries of marriage politics, the royal families that exist today are almost all related to one another. Marriages where political, for love the kings and queens of Europe had to look elsewhere. 

I gathered some stories, not only of the famous royals but also of the Royal Mistress, the King’s sister, the maid. What did they do, eat, wear, where did the sleep and what did they do for fun?  You can find some of their stories here.

In the menu below, you will find stories about the famous king Louis the 14th and Empress Sissi.

Also meet the last mistress of Louis the 15th, the sister of the crown prince of Austria and the children of Marie Antoinette.

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Exploring the Palaces of Europe

  • Where did Empress Elisabeth stay during her never-ending journeys across Europe? 
  • What castle do I visit when I want to go ghost hunting? 
  • Can I visit that castle where they filmed the famous Sissi Trilogy? Or that beautiful movie Marie Antoinette? 

Look no further, you will find all the answers here:

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Sleeping in the Palaces of Europe

When you have the chance, spending the night in a castle will truly make you feel like royalty for a few days! 

Many European castles have opened their doors to commoners like us and transformed into a luxury hotel or simple bed & Breakfast. You can also put up your tent in the castle garden and enjoy the scenery from there. 

So take your pick and choose your favourite stay; a Scottish castle, German Schloss, French chateau, or Dutch landgoed. Here are some other suggestions:

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