Add some royal flair to your phone with these castle wallpapers

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Some want to escape to the beach, some want to escape to the mountains, but you know where you should really want to escape? A castle. Castles are majestic, they're powerful, and they're well-fortified against revolutionary uprisings or zombie apocalypses. Okay, your mileage may vary on that one, but nevertheless, castles are for more than pretty princesses, and we've got some castle wallpapers for every kind of aspiring royal.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most picturesque castles in the world, nestled in the mountains of Germany. A poster of it hung above my bed in college, and probably hangs on a lot of walls because it is a beautiful castle — it was even the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland. While most pictures show the castle draped in snow or summer splendor, this image of the castle surrounded by ruby red foliage is a certain kind of badass. Like a giant blood-red cape draped around the castles shoulders. I find myself returning to this wallpaper quite a bit between my themes.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Shimabara Castle

Who says castles have to be western, with lots of turrets and towers? Shimabara Castle in Japan is a breathtaking sight in its own right. Its simple lines and symmetry instill peace and balance within visitors and viewers alike. Just imagine walking these grounds when the cherry blossoms are blooming!

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Boldt Castle

Castles in America may be a little harder to come by, but smaller castles like Boldt Castle are intimate and enchanting in their own right. Situated on an island in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, this structure alongside the main castle was built by George Boldt as a present to his wife, but when she died, he stopped construction and never returned. Decades later, the island and the castle were purchased and restored for tourists from both Canada and New York to treasure.

Boldt Castle

Peles Castle

If there isn't some sort of fairytale romance film filmed at Peles Castle at some point, I might cry. Look at it. This Romanian beauty looks like it jumped straight off the page of an old Hans Christian Andersen fable! You have to wonder what majesty and mystery this castle has hosted over the years...

Peles Castle

Enchanted Storybook Castle. Ain't it beautiful?

You didn't really think I'd have a castle roundup without a Disney castle, did you? Silly. The newest castle in the Disney Parks collection is the positively massive Enchanted Storybook Castle at Disneyland Shanghai, which is as beautiful as it is big. Visible miles from the park, Enchanted Storybook Castle hosts not one but two attractions, a fabulous restaurant, a beautiful Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and a stunning stage. Day or night, rain or shine, Enchanted Storybook captivates all who visit, and while I may never have that chance, this wallpaper gives me a bit of that magic to keep in my pocket.

Enchanted Storybook Castle

Castle of the Lost Dragon

Fantasy and folklore are filled with all kinds of castles in all kinds of environments, and while I may dream of castles in the sky or castles by the sea, a castle that's carved into the icy stone of a mountain sends shivers up my spine. This epic tableau features a lone warrior coming across an impressive fortress, one which may have a fire-breathing protector. And the shadowy sculpture to the right may mean the dragon is closer than you think. Jan Philipp Eckert has a jaw-dropping gallery of illustrations, if you need more epic wallpapers to choose from.

Castle of the Lost Dragon by JanPhilippEckert

Another Castle on valley

While many castles may live on long after the cities surround them fall, these castles never flourished alone. This castle is surrounded by a quaint, picturesque town, which hugs the valley while its jewel of a castle reaches every skyward. Without the castle, the city would have far less interest for travelers and feature far less protection. Without the town, the castle would be lacking in labor and nearby goods. It's a symbiotic relationship that improves the lives and prosperity for both the crown and its citizenry.

Another Castle on valley by takaya

Updated September 2017: Links have been updated for some wallpapers and new wallpapers have been added.

Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • Slow news day..
  • It is wallpaper wednesday
  • Hasn't even got the excuse of being new lol, just not paying attention. Slow commenter...
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  • Seriously? You already got your comment deleted, so you come back and repost it but replace all the words with asterisks? Genuine question; are you 12?
  • Yeah, I wanted you to know the comment stands. You think you're funny with your smartass comments all the time. I bet you don't act like that in person to people.. If you even know anyone.
  • Well, that just demonstrates another area where you lack knowledge... I'm just as much if a smartass in person! But to be honest I think you lost the right to cry about it when you came into the wallpaper post we've had every week for at least six months just to type "slow news day". You were being just as much of a smartass as me, I'm just better at it than you are. Not to mention with your above comment you lost your temper and didn't keep it classy. The author probably works hard every week to bring us a little flair that breaks up the hard spec data, reviews, and... Basically adverts just to be greeted by the warm appreciation of savdini's witty and insightful "slow news day". Judge me and insult me all you want, I honestly couldn't care less. But If you are older than 12 you might wanna take a hard look into a mirror too.
  • Ah I see.. Thanks
  • It's a Wednesday tradition
  • Would've been disappointed if Neuschwanstein castle hadn't been in there with you being such a Disney fan. I wonder how many of these were owned by Nicholas Cage at some point...
  • Wow! These are some phenomenal shots (that first one is breathtaking)! Thank you Ara!
  • The red leaves,
    Really nice shot.
  • I, for one, enjoys these Wallpaper Wednesday very much!
    Thanks for this week's article!
  • Nice. I was hoping for GoT-esque styled castles, but these are sweet.
  • What about a collection of burned up Galaxy Note 7 wallpapers? No shortage of material for that.
  • I had considered doing some fiery wallpapers at one point, actually.
  • It's just a model...
  • I lol'd
  • Those are some great shots! Nice flicker pics.
  • Casa Loma in Canada is a nice one on this side of the pond.
  • What? No Downton Abby? So sad.
  • Highclere Castle!
  • The link for Shimbara didn't work, and I couldn't find any way to download the photo od the American one on Flicker?
  • I am using Nova prime on a phone with nougat, setted first image as wallpaper but the wallpaper isn't scrolling(no scrolling effect). Even selected force scroll effect in nova settings. :/