Storming the gates, crossing the drawbridge, surveying your estate from a grand tower. No, we're not talking about visiting a period movie set or theme park. We're talking about the bona fide real deal: Spending your vacation like royalty at a castle hotel. From classic medieval towers in Germany to a French-inspired chateau in Argentina, castles offer unique and unforgettable alternatives to standard accommodations. While many are a splurge (some royal reputations last for centuries, after all), others are surprisingly affordable, starting at $100 or less per night. We've rounded up castles you can sleep in from countries both near and far. Take a look at our top picks, and don't forget to share your favorites in the comments section under each photo.