From Detailed Sand Castles to Designer Ice Castles

 - Dec 21, 2012
Castle architecture is centuries old, but still resonates today with those looking for a regal home or vacation destination.

Castles, of course, are best known as the homes to noble families in Europe. They are identified by their stone structures, high walls and even higher watch towers. Traditional castles housed village-size populations and also acted as security apparatuses to fend off intruders or rival armies.

Since the days of castle combat are long gone, castle architecture has come to represent luxury and good old-fashioned excessiveness. You can still travel to old world countries and rent traditional castles, or you can find new age structures like ice castles and tree top castles.

With such a storied history, it's no wonder children gravitate towards creating these symbolic structures on beaches.