Romania's castles are alluring, not only for their haunting beauty, but for the legends and history that surround them. For castles that are still standing, visitors can wander through the same halls and view the same natural landscapes that the inhabitants did while picturing themselves in a different time and place. Ruined castles represent a different type of beauty: ghosts linger in crumbled towers and fallen parapets. It's up to the viewer to picture the castle intact, standing strong against sieges or providing sanctuary for influential families.
View some of Romania's most intriguing castles in the following gallery. Browse photos or skip to the castle of your choice: