Windsor is a city associated primarily with the castle being the residence of the ruling royal family. The center lives in the shadow of the castle and is a base for crowds of tourists.
Windsor Castle was built at the behest of William the Conqueror. At that time, it was 1 day's journey from London and, like several similar fortresses, it was supposed to protect the capital from attacks.
The city grew up at the foot of the fortress and was subordinated to her life. It was primarily a craft and trade center. The present-day buildings in the center of Windsor come mainly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There are numerous buildings in the neo-Gothic and classicist styles and representing buildings characteristic of the period of the reign of Queen Victoria. The historic center is full of restaurants, cafes and bars that are waiting for tourists visiting the nearby castle.
The main attraction of Windsor is the castle, which since about 1110 has been the residence of the English kings. The currently ruling dynasty took his surname from him in 1917, replacing the earlier German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha with it. Some of the castle rooms are open to the public together with the surrounding gardens.
On the outskirts of the city is Windsor Great Park, divided into many smaller sections with different types of vegetation and attractions in the form of small garden architecture, ponds and tree-lined avenues.