Inside the European royals’ most lavish palaces with solid gold statues & the real-life Sleeping Beauty castle

BRITAIN has Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, but Europe is peppered with a number of stunning royal residences that lure tourists from around the world.

From fairytale palaces to impressive homes with golden statues, these castles truly are picture perfect.

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Here are some of the top royal homes in Europe…

Palacio Real de Madrid, Spain

Over in Spain the Palacio Real de Madrid, which translates as Royal Palace of Madrid is also popular with royal fans. 

The spacious 3,418-room palace is used for state ceremonies and banquets, and several rooms in the palace are regularly open to the public.

Visitors can tour round the extravagant throne room, banqueting rooms, The Royal Armoury and the Royal Pharmacy, as well as the majestic gardens.

The Royal Family do not actually live in the palace, but it is a symbolic part of the city. 

It is the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, with more than 135,000 square metres of floor space.

The garden which surrounds the Unesco World Heritage Site palace, The Garden of Versailles is spread across 1,976 acres, and it is one of the biggest gardens in the world.

One of the most iconic parts of the Palace of Versailles is the infamous hall of mirrors, which has a staggering 357 mirrors.

Prince’s Palace, Monaco

Monaco, around the size of Hyde Park and with a population of 38,000, has been ruled by 62-year-old Prince Albert II since 2005.

The ex-playboy Prince lives in the sumptuous Prince’s Palace, flies by private jet and has a fleet of supercars.

Gregoire Gomon, the palace butler, also reveals the Prince keeps the cellar stocked with 15,000 bottles of super-expensive wine – with some worth £27,000.

The Prince’s Palace was built in 1191 as a fortress and has been the home of the Grimaldi family since 1297.

It was here that Hollywood actress, Grace Kelly, lived after tying the knot with Prince Rainier III. 

Several richly decorated rooms are available to visitors, including the Throne Room. 

The Royal Palace of Belgium, Belgium

Those who have visited the Belgium capital, Brussels, may have witnessed one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, The Royal Palace of Belgium.

It is located opposite the Parliament building, and is where the King Philippe grants audiences and deals with affairs of state. 

The building is extremely grand, and the façade is 50 per cent longer than Buckingham Palace.

Inside, visitors can see marble staircases, sparkling chandeliers and a stunning Throne Room.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde rule in Belgium, after King Albert II abdicated in Philippe's favour.

Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf XVI rules with wife Silvia, and they have three grown-up kids, the Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine.

King Carl XVI has a net worth of $70 million, and his royal wedding to Silvia Sommerlath in 1976 cost an estimated $1.1 million (£737,562).

They reside in the Unesco-listed Royal Palace of Stockholm is baroque style and has more than 600 rooms over seven floors.

Controversially, in 2019, the Swedish king removed five of his grandchildren from the royal household in a bid to save his nation's taxpayers millions.

Palace of Versailles, France

Many people will recognise the iconic Palace of Versailles, which has a whopping 2,300 rooms and is located in the Île-de-France region of France, which is around 15 miles south-west of Paris.

Prior to The French Revolution, the Court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France, and was located inside the palace.

After the French Revolution forced Louis XVI to flee the palace in 1789, it ceased to be a royal residence.

The opulent palace stretches over 8,150,265 square meters, making it the world's largest Royal Domain.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany 

Disney fans who want to experience the real Sleeping Beauty Castle should head to the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

Built in 1869, it inspired Walt Disney to build his own version at Disneyland after travelling to the castle with his wife during a trip to Europe.

Sadly Ludwig II, the king who built the original castle, didn't get much of a happy ending as he was found drowned in waist-deep water 1886 in mysterious circumstances.

Set amongst mountains, the castle, near to Füssen in southwest Germany, is actually unfinished on the inside.

It's 213 feet tall, but looks taller because of its positioning on a hill.

There are only 14 rooms finished on the inside which are available for the public to view – although King Ludwig’s plans were for 200 rooms.

Germany hasn't had a royal family since the end of World War I, since the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Schönbrunn Palace, Austria

Another Unesco World Heritage Site on the list is Schönbrunn Palace in Austria, which lures millions of visitors each year.

The home was used as the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, who were in charge in Austria for over 650 years.

The home not only has spectacular gardens and impressive ceremonial rooms, but is also said to be where Mozart made music aged six in the mirrored hall.

Of the total 1,441 rooms, 45 can be visited.

We previously shared the Royal Family homes with ‘secret’ passageways and rooms – from Buckingham Palace’s cinema to Windsor’s hidden tunnel.

And Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank ‘will welcome their first child in mid-February’, a royal insider has claimed.

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