10 Beautiful Palaces To Visit For A Fairytale Day

The legacy that Kings and Queens have left lives not in the jewels and armors, but walks on tiptoes through the paths of their beautiful palaces. In exploring these, we discover not only the remarkable architecture, but also come face to face with history.

While we’re envious of individuals who get to live in these jaw-droppingly enormous palaces, that doesn’t mean we can’t see them when we next travel abroad. These are the 10 most beautiful palaces to visit for a day in wonderland. 

The Royal Grand Palace 

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The Grand Palace, a beautiful example of Ratanakosin architecture, served as the Thai royal family’s official residence until 1925. When Thailand’s former capital relocated from Ayutthaya to Bangkok in 1782, land for the vast complex was initially assigned. While the bulk of the complex’s 100 buildings are in the ancient Bangkok style, European influences can be found in a few of the halls, such as Chakri Mahaprasat, which combines Italian Renaissance with traditional Thai architecture.

Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace, the official house of the British royal family, is one of the most recognized buildings in the world. The palace, which is located in the City of Westminster, serves as a venue for state events and royal hospitality. It has served as a focal point for the British people throughout times of national celebration and disaster. Tourists can visit Buckingham Palace from July through October.

The Alhambra

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A tale of the Arabian Nights, wars, and lost kingdoms, of magnificent beauty, is nestled in the Hill of Sarika castle. It may be the start of a tale about the largest Muslim monuments. But this is not only to commemorate what the Alhambra represents: a homage to power, human achievement, and the sublime.

Forbidden City

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One of the most beautiful Regal Royal homes. From the Ming Administration through the end of the Qing Tradition, The Illegal City was the Chinese imperial palace from 1406 to 1420. It is located in the bustling city of Beijing, China, and currently houses the Royal Residence Historical Center. For over 500 years, it served as the residence of sovereigns and their families, as well as the administrative and political center of the Chinese government. It is made up of 980 buildings and spans 720,000 square meters.

El Badi Palace

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The remains of El Badi Palace, which translates to “the incomparable,” recreate the intricate narrative of Marrakech’s fascinating history. The construction of the royal palace began in 1578, following Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour’s accession. Al Mansour is known for his love of luxurious goods, so it’s no wonder that the palace and courtyard, complete with four underground gardens and a reflecting pool, were tiled with gold, turquoise, and crystal. The palace, however, was demolished at the beginning of the 18th century. A maze of hallways and courtyards remains among the ruins, providing architectural and history aficionados with clues to the structure’s opulent past.

Hawa Mahal

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The Palace of the Wind shines beautifully in red and pink sandstone. This was intended to be a summer castle and was built particularly to capture the wind. In reality, the Hawa Mahal is an outgrowth of the older City Palace.

Topkapi Palace

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Sultan Mohammad II began construction on this Sultan’s palace in 1462 and completed it in 1478. It served as the Ottoman kings’ formal home until 1855. It’s a must-see for its gardens, chambers that appear to be competing for the most lavish decorating, incredible tile-work, breathtaking vistas, historical artifacts and gold, and the apparently infinite quantity of little details that make it a really unique site. I’d recommend taking your time and enjoying every minute of it!

Potala Palace

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The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It is situated on the Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above Lhasa Valley. The palace is 170 meters taller and is considered the most important landmark in Tibet. The palace was initially constructed in the seventh century. However, the current structure there was established during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama in 1645. Potrang Karpo, also known as the White Palace, and Potrang Marpo, also known as the Red Palace, were later added to the original Royal Palace. The Potala Palace was the abode of all Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama was forced to flee to India owing to Chinese invasion.

Peterhof Palace

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In 1709, Peter the Great commissioned the building of a rural house on the grounds of Peterhof, but after viewing the Palace of Versailles, the Russian king had ideas of something far larger. In 1717, Peter attempted to broaden his initial designs to include an extravagant sequence of palaces and gardens to demonstrate the superiority of Russian architecture. Today, the Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain highlight the entry to the palace, providing a peaceful resting place for visitors.


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Where France’s royal court resided and played until their tragic demise during the violent revolution. A day excursion by train from Paris will bring you to this opulent castle, complete with gardens, stables, and the world-famous Hall of Mirrors. You may get away from it all by visiting the Estate of Trianon, which served as a private retreat for monarchs away from court.

Which of the most beautiful palaces are you visiting this year? Share with us in the comments below!

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