There’s something about moats that is eerily beautiful, possessing a kind of peace and serenity that can’t be found anywhere else. Perhaps it’s the castles and massive areas they’re protecting, or maybe it’s the calm waters that surround them.
Moats have been around for ages, both used for defense or ornaments. There are lots of castle moats in Europe, but there are pretty breathtaking ones in Asia as well. Here are some of the most amazing and most impressive moats around the world.
Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
The moat of the Majestic Forbidden City Beijing is about 3800 meters long and 50 meters wide, built for security purposes. This beautiful scenery has been around for more than 580 years, and its magic still has not withered.
Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
The Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia is a representation of the sacred Mount Meru. Its outer moat has a moat around 190 meters wide. Viewing this moat and the temple complex is exceptionally breathtaking at dawn or sundown.
Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (Bangladesh)
This is the place that houses all parliamentary activities in Bangladesh. This is relatively new, compared to other castles and moats on this list (it was constructed in 1960). This will give you the idea that a modern moat still has a kind of charm and magic in it.
Egeskov Castle (Denmark)
Completed in 1554, this is reportedly Europe’s best preserved Renaissance castle. The Egeskov Castle Denmark moat is highlighted by buildings connected by a double wall as well as a vast green landscape.
Frederiksborg Palace (Denmark)
This is a castle in Hillerod built for King Christian IV. It’s now The Museum of National History, and still lies on the serence Palace Lake and a majestic Baroque garden.
Leeds Castle (England)
Leeds is referred to by some as “The Loveliest Castle in the World,” and surely seeing this whole landscape will make you agree. What’s better is that this Leeds castle in Kent is a tourist-friendly place, allowing people to do a wide array of activities for visitors of all ages.
Château de Chambord (France)
The Château de Chambord in France, defended by its moat, is a magnificent example of French Renaissance architecture. Seeing the facade and the moat alone will already exude elegance of this château, which is considered as one of the best in France.
Château de Chenonceau (France)
The Chateau Chenonceau is another French treasure that offers great views and a rich history. The Renaissance-styled Marques Tower is made even more beautiful when seen with the surrounding moat.
Matsumoto Castle (Japan)
This is also referred to as the “Crow Castle” because its exterior is colored predominantly black. The flatland Matsumoto Castle Japan (in the Nagano Prefecture) is one of the best and most unique designs you’ll see in Japan.
Vadstena Castle (Sweden)
The circular turrets on the moat are just some of the unique qualities that this castle has. This place also used to be a royal castle and a fortification protecting Stockholm from enemies coming from the south.