With their bright and exquisite architecture, a visit to these palaces around the world will give you a taste of royalty. Most palaces have an equally stunning garden that invite you to relax in within their enchanting grounds. When thinking about where to travel in the New Year, make sure to put one of these 9 best palaces onto that list. Travel to one of these palaces for the sense of wonder and sheer luxury that they inspire.

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Home to the king and queen, the restoration of this early 19th century palace took place in 1910. What started off as one main building turned into a landscape filled with pavilions and halls, all with a special purpose. All of these buildings are located inside the structured wall that protect the royal location. The grounds here are big which is perfect for walking around and enjoying your surroundings.

The Throne Hall features a stunning 59-meter tower, while the Royal Treasury and Napoleon II villa lie south of the hall. Don’t miss the silver Pagoda where the magnificent 17th century emerald Buddha statue will take your breath away.

Royal Palace Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Linderhof Palace, Ettal, Germany

King Ludwig II transformed a small hunting lodge into the royal villa that sits in its place today, set against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps. The interiors of the palace are a magnet for travel lovers. One example is the Hall of Mirrors, an opulent room covered in mirrors and gold.

Another place, the outdoor grounds, that you can fully enjoy is shown below: on the terrace overlooking the reflecting pond. This scenery is not only perfect for travel, but ideal for photography. Snap some Instagram-worthy pictures for life-long travel memories to share. Here you can enjoy a glimpse of the park that surrounds you at one of the prettiest palaces in the world.

Linderhof Palace, Ettal, Germany

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Norbulingka, Xizang Zizhiqu, China

Built in the 18th century, the grounds of one of the best palaces in China began as a summer home for the Dalai Lama during the time. There are 4 potrangs, Tsokyil, Kelsang, Takten Migyur, and Chensel, that sit on the property; these were each built by a Dalai Lama who had come to the palace. And of course, there are vibrant and well-designed gardens, made to make a Dalai Lama stroll feel royal and splendid. You’ll get such incredible views of flowers and beautiful plant life home to China. Travel to the Norbulingka Palace to feel on top of the world!

 Xizang Zizhiqu, China

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK

Blenheim Palace was a gift to John Churchill after his great victory in the 18th-century.  Throughout time, the palace was not only used as a residence, but as a hospital as well. The winter season is the perfect time to travel to Blenheim, during the day and night. In the day, explore the palace’s interior and take a stroll through the gardens. At night, follow the trail of lights that will lead you to a huge Christmas travel adventure. Blenheim is easily one of the best palaces because of its grandeur and style. Travel to England for an unforgettable time!

woodstock, UK

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Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Located on top of Sintra, Portugal, the Pena Palace gives its visitors an incredible view of the town around it, the park below it, and castle Moorish that sits across the way. King Ferdinand II had this palace built in the 19th century, only to be abandoned years later due to the Revolution. A century later, though, UNESCO stepped in to restore the beauty that was lost. When approaching the palace feel invited by the warm colors that radiate off the building! You’ll be pleasantly encompassed by reds, yellows, and royal grays that contrast beautifully with blue sky. Travel to Portugal to walk among color! 

Sintra, Portugal

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Festetics Palace, Keszthely, Hungary

Another one of the best palaces is Festetics. This U-shaped palace was built in the 17th century with Baroque style. Over the centuries, the palace has been rebuilt several times before it stayed in its final form. As seen in the picture below, there is a beautiful garden to walk around before  promenading through the interior of the palace. There is also a park on the exterior of the palace, which provides you with a perfect mid-day stroll. With its gardens and shear size, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a travel dream. Travel to Hungary to experience its glory!


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Mysore Palace, Mysuru, India

The Mysore Palace has had a very tumultuous history since the early 17th century. And it was not until 1912 that the building was completely finished. Other buildings that stand on the grounds are the Kalyana Mantapa (Marriage Hall), Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion), Ambavalisa (King’s Hall), and the Darbar hall (Public Hall). Each one of these buildings were made with precision and designed in an opulent fashion. Travel to India to spend a morning or an afternoon diving into history here at the palace.

Mysore Palace in Indo Saracenic style Photo: Ramnath Bhat via Flickr

Photo: Ramnath Bhat via Flickr

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

What started off as a small estate became a thousand-room Baroque inspired palace. Though you can only view 40 out of the thousand rooms, you can still get a small taste of living a luxurious lifestyle. All the rooms inside have been restored and preserved, keeping the palace in its historic form. Outside of the palace is the UNESCO awarded gardens that will keep you exploring for hours. To travel to the Schonbrunn Palace is to travel in luxury and relaxation.

Vienna, Austria

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Wilanow Palace, Warsaw, Poland

Our travel list at last brings us to Wilanow Palace in the beautiful Warsaw, Poland. In 1677, the land was bought. Slowly over time, royal presence and generations made its way to the location. Within this time, significant construction was underway adding to the small residence that stood there. In 1805, a museum opened up for the public to view. Surrounding the palace is scattered gardens and a main park perfect for exploration and leisure walking. Travel to Poland to experience a palace destination like no other in the world!

Warsaw, Poland

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Happy travels to the best palaces in the world!

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