14 Incredible Historic Buildings Around Europe You Can Book Now on Airbnb
As a traveler from the United States, there’s one thing that always stands out when I'm in Europe: history.
Walk around in Paris, Rome, or Madrid, and you’re bound to see structures that were built well before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In cities all over the continent, examples of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture have been beautifully preserved — and not just churches and public monuments.
Next time you hop over the Atlantic, consider a stay in one of the continent's many historic homes — from ornate castles to cozy apartments — that have been lovingly restored and maintained by their owners for future generations.
Here are 14 incredible historic European Airbnbs you can book right now.
Historic Farmhouse in Wiesbaden, Germany
This half-timbered farmhouse is in Delkenheim, a district of Wiesbaden that’s about 30 minutes away from Frankfurt, was built around the year 1800. Offering an authentic German farm vibe, the renovated apartment features original stonework and historic details.
To book: airbnb.com, from $85 per night
Pokvár Castle in Tét, Hungary
Magical 12th Century Abbey in Suffolk, England
East Anglia's Butley Priory was founded in the 12th century as an Augustinian monastery. The priory's gatehouse — which dates to the 14th century — is now a country home with eight bedrooms, wifi, and the property's original vaulted ceilings. This Airbnb is often rented for weddings and parties that bring new life to the Great Hall and Drawing Room.
To book: airbnb.com, from $948 per night
Historic Cottage at Kristineberg Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
What was once the kitchen of the 16th century Kristineberg Palace is now two-bedroom home, furnished with some pieces that are as old as the castle itself. One of the bedrooms is available to rent on Airbnb, making it an ideal home base for seeing Stockholm — the center is just a 10-minute drive away.
To book: airbnb.com, from $43 per night
Restored 500-year-old House in Seville, Spain
The bustling tourist neighborhood of Santa Cruz, once Seville's Jewish quarter, is the perfect place to stay in the city — centrally located, and walking distance from the Alcázar and the famous cathedral. Head down one of the area's quieter cobblestone streets to find this three-story, 500-year-old house that has been restored and remodeled with immense detail (note the century-old tiles and handcrafted woodwork used to decorate the walls). The rustic home operates as a guesthouse, and each room can be rented separately through Airbnb.
To book: airbnb.com, from $57 per night
Prince-Bishop of Wrocław's Palace in Otmuchów, Poland
This family home and guest house was once the private palace of Wrocław's Prince-Bishops. Much of the current building was erected in the 17th century, but parts of the structure this structure date back to as early as 1300. According to the owner's listing, “there are frescoes, glorious Renaissance painted ceilings, and sgraffito (a plaster technique). The working chapel (it’s the village church, mass twice a week) has an impressive baroque altar-piece, recently restored.”
To book: airbnb.com, from $30 per night
300-year-old Wine Country Farmhouse in Sercy, France
Sercy, a small village in Burgundy, is home to this 17th century farmhouse, courtyard, and garden. The property is a perfect jumping off point to visit the region’s celebrated vineyards, as it’s located between the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise wine producing regions. Nearby historical landmarks include the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny, Saint-Philibert de Tournus church, Caves of Azé, Rock of Solutré, and Hospices of Beaune.
To book: airbnb.com, from $111 per night
Borgia Castle in Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Italy
If you want feel like a royal, consider a stay at Castello Borgia, a historic estate on the border of Tuscany and Umbria once owned by the infamous noble family. The historic castle — parts of which date to the beginning of the 14th century — has only been open to the public since 1995. With seven bedrooms, a tennis court, and a swimming pool, the property is often rented for weddings and events.
To book: airbnb.com, from $1,137 per night
Historic Watermill in Mnichovice, Czech Republic
Take a 20-minute drive outside Prague and you'll find the oldest watermill in the central Czech Republic. The 17th century structure has been converted into a three-bedroom home — complete with a mill room centered around a preserved, fully functional grain mill. The rural town of Mnichovice is a quiet refuge from the busy city.
To book: airbnb.com, from $108 per night
700-year-old Restored Tuscan Home in Ossaia, Italy
Ossaia, about an hour from Florence by train, is a small village in the foothills of Cortona, one of Tuscany's dreamy medieval hill towns. This 700-year-old restored farmhouse provides sweeping views of the Chiana Valley — but it's made for day trips, like vineyard-hopping in Montepulciano, swimming in Lake Trasimeno, or venturing to the UNESCO-protected historic center of nearby Siena.
To book: airbnb.com, from $91 per night
Melville Castle in Midlothian, Scotland
Just a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh is Melville Castle, a 50-acre estate with 32 bedrooms and suites that operates as a guest house and event venue. The current structure, designed by Scottish architect James Playfair, was built in 1791 — but the castle that stood on the property in the 16th century was frequented by Mary Queen of Scots.
To book: airbnb.com, from $100 per night
Old Tower in the Historical Center in Hvar, Croatia
This old stone tower, the ruins of a historic windmill, is located on the Croatian island of Hvar — a popular summer destination in the Adriatic Sea. Built by the Franciscans in 1761, the cylindrical structure has since been transformed into a one-of-a-kind two-bedroom home, just walking distance from the main town square.
To book: airbnb.com, from $186 per night
300-year-old Restored Guest House in Santorini, Greece
Picture a Santorini getaway in your mind's eye, and you'll probably conjure images of whitewashed villas like this 300-year-old guest house. It's located in the village of Mesa Gonia, very close to the island's beautiful black sand beaches. According to the listing, the building began life as the village bakery — “In fact, the bedroom is the actual oven where barley rusks were made.”
To buy: airbnb.com, from $74 per night
Historic Family Home in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A protected historical monument, this 400-year-old house is in the center of Amsterdam's charming Jordaan district. The apartment has been remodeled to preserve and highlight classic details of old Dutch construction, like the wooden ceiling beams and rafters. Just steps from the Prinsengracht canal and Noordermarkt square, visitors can enjoy the famous Saturday farmers market before sampling the city’s best apple pie at Winkel 43.
To book: airbnb.com, from $284 per night