Virtual tours have become the new normal, and while we can’t quite travel the world just yet (but soon!), we can enjoy the beautiful sites right from our homes. Thanks to travelers, photographers, videographers and technology, the world can connect people to places in split seconds. From France and England to the Netherlands, here are some of the palaces and castles in Europe you can tour without leaving your couch.

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most beautiful royal residences in the world and was home to Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI until the French Revolution. After the Revolution, Versailles never became a royal residence again due to the heavy reconstruction costs. And in 1837, it was converted into a history museum. Take a tour of one of France’s beloved sites with Jean-Philippe, who takes you through some of the best sections of the royal home with his virtual reality headgear.

(Video source: Google Arts & Culture / YouTube)

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was completed in 1853 and has been the home to the English throne since then. It wasn’t until 1993 that the State Rooms were first opened up to non-royals to tour, accessible to tourists during August and September when the Queen whisks away to her one of her country homes. In this video, you can guide yourself and rotate the video to see all the sections surrounding you as if you were inside the Palace in person.

(Video source: BBC London / YouTube)

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle was first constructed in the 11th century and has been home to the royal family for hundreds of years. It’s used by Queen Elizabeth II as a royal home where she escapes during the weekend and as a place where she carries out formal royal obligations. Thanks to BBC London, you can walk through Windsor Castle with this video tour and explore your surroundings by moving the video screen as you see fit.

(Video source: BBC London / YouTube)

Royal Palace of Caserta

The Royal Palace of Caserta in southern Italy is the world’s largest castle by volume with 5 floors and 1,200 rooms. It was built to rival Versailles and became the royal residence to Habsburg of Austria, the Bourbon of France and the Bourbon of Naples. If you’ve yet to wander through this palace, sit back and enjoy the virtual tour below.

(Video source: Open Roader / YouTube)

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is located in Oxfordshire, England and was once home to the Churchill family—it’s now a residence to the Dukes of Marlborough. It was opened in 1722 and is England’s only “non-royal, non-episcopal country” home that is called a “palace”. Spanning across 7 acres of land, here’s a virtual tour of Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace England










Royal Palace of Amsterdam

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam was completed in 1665 and was first built as a Town Hall until Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon I, relocated to Amsterdam and transformed it into a royal palace for himself. Today, it’s used by the monarch by the Act of Parliament. If you’ve yet to see the inside, this virtual tour will take you through the halls of the Palace of Amsterdam.

Royal Palace of Amsterdam










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