Striking castles set on great rivers

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Cochem Castle, Germany - Cochem Imperial Castle lends a noble perspective to the quaint town of Cochem, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate.

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Almourol Castle, Portugal - Picture-perfect Almourol Castle crowns an island in the middle of the Tagus River in central Portugal. It dates back to the late 12th century.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress, Austria - Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the standout landmarks of Salzburg. It's grandly set above the Salzach river.

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Muiden Castle, Netherlands - Muiden Castle is sited at the mouth of the Vecht river, some 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Amsterdam. It was completed in 1370.

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Warwick Castle, England - One of England's great medieval castles, Warwick was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068.

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Czocha Castle, Poland - The fairy-tale Czocha Castle in Poland's Lower Silesia province is also surrounded on three sides by a river, the meandering Kwisa.

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Melk Abbey, Austria- Melk Abbey was founded in 1089 and originally served as a castle, built over the Danube river to defend the approach to Melk, in Lower Austria.

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Bratislava Castle, Slovakia - Built on a hill above Bratislava's Old Town district, this showpiece castle is one of the gems in the Slovakian tourism crown. 

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Marksburg Castle, Germany - Medieval Marksburg Castle is perched above the town of Braubach in Rhineland-Palatinate. 

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Orlik Castle, Czech Republic - Orlik Castle was established as a royal fortification in the late 13th century, originally to guard a ford over the Vltava river.

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Olavinlinna Castle, Finland - A cherished Finnish landmark, historic Olavinlinna Castle is built on an island in the Strait of Kyrönsalmi between two lakes. 

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