Ashford Castle is a medieval castle from the 13th century and is located on the banks of Lough Corrib near the village of Cong in County Mayo in Ireland. Today the castle is used as a hotel as part of the "Leading Hotels of the World" and is one of the most exclusive 5-star hotel in Ireland.
Himeji Castle is located in the city of Himeji in Japan and is e.g. easy to reach from Kyoto with the Shinkansen. From the train station in Himeji, you walk along the city's promenade to the castle complex, which consists of over 80 individual buildings.
Hohenschwangau Castle is located directly opposite Neuschwanstein Castle in the Hohenschwangau district of Schwangau near Füssen in Bavaria.
The name is probably derived from the Castrum Swangowe, which was first mentioned in 1090.
Neuschwanstein Castle stands above Hohenschwangau near Füssen in the Allgäu. The building was built in 1869 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II. The king only lived in the castle for a few months; he died before the complex was completed. There are many stories about his death. Neuschwanstein was originally called New Hohenschwangau Castle, and has had its current name since 1886.