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...continued from page 40and other unique treasures - a picture of Scottish life from 16th to 20th centuries.PerthScone PalaceTel:	+01738 552300 Web: The ancient crowning place for Kings of Scotland and the home of the Stone of Destiny. Fine collection of furniture, porcelain, clocks and ivories. Beautiful grounds, restaurant and gift shop.SterlingSterling CastleTel: 01786 450000 The royal palace was built within the castle walls by James V, and probably only completed after his death in 1542. In 1543 it became home to the infant Mary Queen of Scots and her mother Mary of Guise. June 2011 - Grand opening of Stirling Castle’s Renaissance royal palace following a £12 million refurbishment.ThursoCastle of MeyCaithness Tel:	+44 01847 851473 Fax:	+44 01847 851475 Web: There are tours of most rooms to tell you about the history of the memorabilia and how life was lived when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was in residence. It is a very unpretentious, comfortable old Castle and is still a Royal residence as HRH The Prince CharlesSpainPalacio Real28071 Madrid Tel. +34 91 454 87 00 Mighty impressive, with around 2,000 rooms, the chandeliers, marble columns, gilded borders, paintings, and objets d’art, including Flemish tapestries and Tiepolo ceiling frescoes, are well preserved. The empty thrones of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía are among the highlights of the tour.Alcázar40003 Segovia Tel:+34 921460759 El Alcázar rises dramatically from a rock spur near the ancient heart of town. Isabella’s marriage to Ferdinand at this foreboding site eventually led to Spain’s unification. Today, it’s the single most photographed and dramatic castle in Iberia.Alhambra18009 Granada) Tel: +34 902441221 The Alhambra was originally conceived by the Muslims as a fortified pleasure pavilion. Its allure was instantly recognized by the Catholic monarchs after the Reconquest. Despite the presence of a decidedly European palace at its centre, the setting remains one of the most exotic (and Moorish) in all of Europe.SloveniaBled Castle4260 Bled Tel: +386 4 572 97 82 Email: Web: Perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 metres above the glacial Lake Bled. Castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and the island, down the Dežela area with Lesce and Radovljica and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps.Bled CastleLjubljana Castle1000 Ljubljana Tel:+386 1 306 42 93 Email: info-center@ Web: Possibly dating from the 9C In 1335 the castle became the hereditary property of the Hapsburg In the second half of the 15th century a new, larger, circular castle was built by Duke Frederick III of Hapsburg, later crowned Roman German Emperor.SwitzerlandAigleChateau D’AigleTel:	+41 24 4662130 Fax:	+41 24 4662131 Em: In the heart of the Chablais Vaudois, surrounded by vineyards, the castle has a wine and vineyard museum which presents 1500 years of wine history. Opposite the Castle is the International Labels museum - more than 800 labels from 52 countries explaining the worldwide history of wine civilization.Château de CoppetFondation O. d’Haussonville 1296 Coppet Tel:. +41 (0)22 776 10 28 Fax: +41 (0)22 776 65 32 Email:chateau.coppet@bluewin. ch The former home of the celebrated writer Madame de Staël is the only private residence of its kind on Lake Geneva still furnished in its original style. Guided tours give visitors a fascinating insight into life here in the 18th and 19th centuriesCastle TaraspLower Engadine CH-7553 Tarasp Tel: +41 (0)81 864 93 68 Email: info(at) Web: Dating back to the 11th century, the inventor of the mouthwash Odol, Karl August Lingner, bought it and had it completely restored completed in 1916). Visitors, who can view knights’ halls and ballrooms, old bedrooms, the castle chapel and the organ with its 2,500 pipes.LenzburgLenzburg CastleTel: +41 848 871 200 Em: Web: One of Switzerland’s oldest and most important strongholds. Its oldest part consists of a spacious High Medieval complex, - seat of the ruling Counts of Lenzburg, later the Kyburg dynasty,subsequently Counts of Habsburg, then Bernes bailiffs for over 350 years. Now accommodates the historical museum of Canton Aargau.Schloss Hünegg3652 Hilterfingen Tel. +41 (0)33 243 19 82 Situated on Lake Thun and commissioned by Baron von Parpart-von Bonstetten, it was built from 1861 to 1863 and partly modernized around theturn of the century. The museum features interiors from the 2nd half of the 19th century (historicism movement and Jugendstil).SeengenwSchloss HallwylTel: +41 848 871 200 Em: Web: The Water Castle on Lake Hallwil. In the late 12th century, the Lords of Hallwyl erected a residential tower. The impressive foundation walls formed the core of the later castle complex. Extended to a double moated castle in the 14th century. Enclosed by a ring work and a water-filled moat, Hallwyl developed from a modest residence to a strongly fortified castle. The permanent exhibition illustrates 900 years of history of the castle and its inhabitantsVeytauxChâteau de ChillonTel:	+41 21 9668910 Fax:	+41 966 89 12 Web: Em: One of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe. Chillon houses magnificent collections of furniture, art and antique weaponry. Erected in the 13th century on Roman foundations, the Castle of Chillon was the residence of the Counts of Savoy throughout the Middle Ages. Many prominent figures in history stayed there: emperors, popes, princes, poets, etc. Tour takes approx 1 hour. Free coach parking, group special ratesWildeggSchloss WildeggTel: +41 848 871 200 Em: Web: The Baroque Wildegg Castle domain is an authentic place to experience history and historical horticulture. The feudal domain consists the castle, the kitchen, pleasure and rose gardens, a vineyard, woods, a farm and outbuildings looms. Visitors experience the world of the patrician Effinger family from the elegant style of living to the processing of crops from the farm.Scotland’s largest inhabited castle.Castle, grounds, restaurant, café, plant centre and more.Open May - October 10am - 5pm. Contact: 01573 223333www.floorscastle.comYou can see all editions of the Guide and magazine at, Manor Houses, Chateaux and Palaces

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