This is an awkward one. The political realities of where this is located (Crimea) make it very tricky to visit (or even to recommend visiting) but as you can tell from the photos below, this castle is dramatically beautiful!

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  • Very beautiful! Not sure I will ever find myself in this region but it surely is convincing!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yeah, I know what you mean….

  • I was there and could NOT recommend it. This place just looks great on photoshopped pictures, there’s a lot of tourists there in the summer, the surroundings are littered and there’s a lot of thieves around the place… Crimea was a nice place to visit (when its political situation was different) but Swallow’s Nest was one of my biggest travel disappointments ever.

    • Rachel Sturz

      That’s so unfortunate 🙁 The pictures make it look like it’s straight out of a fairytale.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      That’s really sad to hear. Thanks for letting us all know. Do people still visit it?

  • Victoria

    Those photos look incredible!

    http://www.victoriametaxas.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      They do…

  • Insanely beautiful place.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It does look pretty even though I’m now finding out that it has a not so pretty reputation…

      • It is a very sensitive topic but has been brought to limelight by the events of the past 12 months, for sure. Bold move featuring it 🙂