21 castles and royal residences you can explore from your couch, from the Palace of Versailles to Windsor Castle

VOJTa Herout/Shutterstock/Jose Ignacio Soto/Shutterstock/Fandrade/Getty ImagesTour castles virtually without ever stepping out of your home.
  • Travelling is on a temporary hold, but there are plenty of opportunities to explore the world virtually.
  • You can virtually explore the homes of the British royal family, including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
  • From a castle on the shore of Lebanon to fairy-tale castles in Germany, check out these virtual tours.
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Virtual tours have quickly become a way to discover unfamiliar locations. Virtual treks through national parks have offered an escape to the outdoors, while hotels and monuments have become more accessible than ever.

A virtual castle tour combines everything from architecture to nature to history and extravagance. Put the kettle on, pour a cup of tea, and explore these castles and royal residences virtually.

Pretend to live like royalty in the largest occupied castle in the world: Windsor Castle.

sloukam/ShutterstockWindsor Castle in Windsor, England.

Click here to virtually visit Windsor Castle.

Virtually wander through gardens and discover never-before-seen content of the Palace of Versailles.

Jose Ignacio Soto / ShutterstockPalace of Versailles sits outside Paris, France, and is one of the country’s most impressive sites.

Click here to virtually visit the Palace of Versailles.

Soak up the sun and sea breeze in a virtual tour of the Sidon Sea Castle.

MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/Getty ImagesThe Sidon Sea Castle sits on the shores of Sidon, Lebanon.

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Admire breathtaking views from the Prague Castle.

Fandrade/Getty ImagesPrague Castle in the Czech Republic.

Click here to virtually visit Prague Castle.

Imagine kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland.

David Soanes/Getty ImagesThis medieval castle is one of Ireland’s most sought-after tourist attractions.

Click here to virtually visit Blarney Castle.

Imagine living like the royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Getty/Pawal LiberaBuckingham Palace is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

Click here to virtually visit the Buckingham Palace.

Take a virtual walking tour of the colourful blue-and-gold Catherine Palace in Russia.

Vladimir Sazonov / Shutterstock.comThe palace sits outside of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Click here to virtually visit the Catherine Palace.

Discover Chambord Castle, a French castle imagined by Leonardo da Vinci.

Fodor’s/ShutterstockThe castle is a symbol of the French Renaissance.

Click here to virtually visit Chambord Castle.

You don’t have to climb Castle Rock to get to Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous castles.

Michal 11 / ShutterstockThe castle sits on a mountain.

Click here to virtually visit Edinburgh Castle.

Pretend to dine lavishly at the Ashford Castle in Ireland.

Mustang_79/Getty ImagesWhen the castle isn’t closed, it rents out its 83 rooms each night.

Click here to virtually visit Ashford Castle.

Soak in the artwork at Skokloster Castle in Sweden.

DEA/A. DAGLI ORTI/Getty ImagesThe Skokloster Castle is a baroque-style castle.

Click here to virtually visit Skokloster Castle.

Virtually run through the marble hallways of Sforzesco Castle in Italy.

REDA&CO/Getty ImagesThe castle is located in Milan, Italy.

Click here to virtually visit Sforzesco Castle.

Explore how the Hambach Castle in Germany earned its name as a “birthplace of European democracy.”

prill/Getty ImagesHambach Castle’s history dates back to the 4th century.

Click here to virtually visit Hambach Castle.

Order a pizza and take a virtual trip to the Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy.

Shutterstock/morrison77The Royal Palace of Caserta is located in southern Italy.

Click here to virtually visit the Royal Palace of Caserta.

Take a virtual trip to Dracula’s Castle, also known as Bran Castle.

Pacific Press/Getty ImagesBran Castle is in Romania.

Click here to virtually visit Bran Castle.

You can virtually explore the Castello di Amorosa in California’s wine country.

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty ImagesCastello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California.

Click here to virtually visit Castello di Amorosa.

Explore fairy-tale locations like Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

VOJTa Herout/ShutterstockNeuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.

Click here to virtually visit Neuschwanstein Castle.

Virtually walk through palm trees and into Iolani Palace in Hawaii.

Education Images/Getty ImagesIolani Palace is in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Click here to virtually visit Iolani Palace.

The tides often deter visitors from travelling to Mont-Saint-Michel in France, so a virtual tour is a great way to explore without getting wet.

Helen Hotson / ShutterstockMont-Saint-Michel sits on an island off of France.

Click here to virtually visit Mont-Saint-Michel.

Virtually visit one of the largest castles in the world: Malbork Castle in Poland.

fotorince/ShutterstockIt sits on 44 acres.

Click here to virtually visit Malbork Castle, Poland.

Enjoy the virtual sunshine on a tour through Johnstown Castle.

Hoberman Collection/Getty ImagesThe castle is located in Ireland.

Click here to virtually visit Johnstown Castle.

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