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The beauty of Carcassonne is in the details. The well-restored Romanesque fortress city in southwestern France is known by the locals simply as La Cité. (From: World's Prettiest Castle Towns)

Naganeupseong, South Korea (Courtesy of JTB Photo/SuperStock)  Naganeupseong, South Korea:     South Korea may not leap to mind as a hotbed of castles, but in fact the country is flush with fortress towns built to thwart Japanese pirates. Instead of Braveheart-style stone fortresses, however, in Korea castles resemble elaborate pagoda-type buildings, surrounded by thick stone walls. The best preserved of these is in the town of Naganeupseong, a three-square-mile gem nestled in a valley…

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As remarkable as it is unpronounceable, Naganeupseong (nagan means "safe and pleasant" and seong means "castle") was built in 1397 and still has a couple hundred residents living in its hub of 30 or so thatched-roof adobe houses.

Haut-Koenisgbourg Castle (Elsass), France

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Segovia Castle, in the town of Segovia, rises out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the Eresma and Clamores rivers, near the Guadarrama Mountains in Spain. (From: Photos: Worlds Prettiest Castle Towns)

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Segovia, Spain -- The original structure was destroyed by a fire, but its cylindrical turrets, peaked roofs, and soaring stone walls were faithfully re-created in the

Rothenburg Ob der Tauber:The closest major tourist city to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is Munich, which sits about 130 miles southeast. Train service runs between the two cities and takes about three hours. You can also drive: The A7 autobahn runs right past town. (Courtesy Tournachon/Wikimedia Commons) (From: Coolest Small Towns in Europe)

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Rothenburg Ob der Tauber: The closest major tourist city to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is Munich, which sits about 130 miles southeast. Train service runs between the 2 cities and takes about 3 hours. You can also drive: The autobahn runs right past town.

The quiet hilltop town of Savoca is only a 40-minute drive from the popular Sicilian resort town of Taormina. (CuboImages srl / Alamy)

The quiet hilltop town of Savoca is only a drive from the popular Sicilian resort town of Taormina. (From: Photos: Beautiful Villages Around the World)

Matsumoto Castle, Japan jigsaw puzzle in Castles puzzles on TheJigsawPuzzles.com

One of the last original castles in Japan, Matsumoto-jo is also known as the Crow Castle due to its black exterior.

Étretat, France.

Cliff in Etretat, Normandy France this is a marvelous trip to change your mind , discover a marvelous place where stress and anxiety desappear !

We love Europe's awesome & affordable smaller cities, national parks, small towns, and wild places, where you'll find fewer crowds, good deals, and bucket-list sights you didn't even know you were missing!

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We love Europe's awesome & affordable smaller cities, national parks, small towns, and wild places, where you'll find fewer crowds, good deals, and bucket-list sights you didn't even know you were missing!

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Fort Lalatte, Côtes dArmor (22), Bretagne, France

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In southwestern France, Bordeaux is a little bit city, a little bit country and a whole lot of excellent food and wine: raise your glass and drink it in.

Vintage Bordeaux

In southwestern France, Bordeaux is a little bit city, a little bit country and a whole lot of excellent food and wine: raise your glass and drink it in.

PALMANOVA, ITALY (between Venice and Trieste), a UNESCO World Heritage town was built in a unique, 18-sided octadecagon shape. When viewed from above, the fortress community looks like a delicately made paper snowflake, with streets radiating out of the structure like sunbeams. It is tucked into a valley with a lagoon running into the Adriatic Sea.

PALMANOVA, ITALY (between Venice and Trieste), a UNESCO World Heritage town was built in a unique, 18-sided octadecagon shape. When viewed from above, the fortress community looks like a delicately made paper snowflake, with streets radiating out of the structure like sunbeams. It is tucked into a valley with a lagoon running into the Adriatic Sea.

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