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Flak L-Tower at Augarten in ViennaPinPin

Flak Towers of Vienna

Adolf Hitler’s modern castles: These 20th century fortifications were designed to withstand a direct hit of an aerial bomb.

Sommersdorf CastlePinPin

Sommersdorf Castle

Mummies and guestrooms: Accommodation at the moated castle in Sommersdorf comes with bragging rights and creepy party stories.

Castle RoncoloPinPin

Castle Runkelstein

From a medieval fortification to a pompously furnished summer residence. From to an arms arsenal to a tourist magnet: Castle Runkelstein had a turbulent past!

Dubrovnik City Walls At NightPinPin

Dubrovnik

The cradle of freedom: Dubrovnik, and how it rose from a refugee settlement to the first state that abolished slavery to one of the first states that recognized the United States of America as an independent nation.

Castle SigmaringenPinPin

Castle Sigmaringen

What does a bathhouse sex party and the thirty years’ war have in common? Yes, we’re talking about Castle Sigmaringen, but you’ll never guess it! In case you’re curious, just read on.

One of Rothenburg's city gates with Röderturm in the background.PinPin

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This is the story of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, its former mayor Heinrich Toppler and how he made Rothenburg to one of the richest towns in the world.

Himeji CastlePinPin

Himeji Castle

Of all the dangers that threaten a castle over the centuries, Himeji castle survived three, that each by itself, is usually a certain death sentence.

The massive ruins of castle hohentwielPinPin

Hohentwiel

How to minimize costs while building the biggest castle in Germany? Count Ulrich of Württemberg had an idea that made Hohentwiel an impregnable fortress!

The round tower on its 15 meters tall motte.PinPin

Windsor Castle

For more than 900 years the residence of the British monarchs: Windsor castle has some beautiful corners to discover, just have a look at these six pictures and see for yourself.

National Wallace MonumentPinPin

The National Wallace Monument

William Wallace was one of Scotland’s greatest national heroes. He got a pretty impressive monument erected in his honor. However, he paid a high price for it…

Main entrance to stirling castle.PinPin

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of the few monuments that combine a palace and a fortress. Have a look at these pictures and see for yourself why it’s worth a visit.

The Atomic Bomb Dome in HiroshimaPinPin

The Atomic Bomb Dome

A single nuclear device with an explosive power of 15 kilotons of TNT devastated Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. The Atomic Bomb Dome withstood the blast and became a memorial of the biggest single event mass killing in history.

Edinburgh Castle seen from Edinburgh City.PinPin

Edinburgh Castle

One of the most besieged and attacked places in the world attracts more than two million visitors a year. See for yourself what makes Edinburgh Castle so special.

The Tower of London.PinPin

The Tower of London

Almost a thousand years old and shrouded in legends. What used to be a castle and a prison serves nowadays as storage facility for the crown jewels…

Walls and towers at Craigmillar CastlePinPin

Craigmillar Castle

Take a look at these 7 photos of Craigmillar Castle, one of Scotland’s best preserved medieval castle ruins.

Bastions of Mesocco CastlePinPin

Mesocco Castle

The ruins of Mesocco Castle in Switzerland are worth a visit. Have a look at these six photos to see why.

Main gate at Sforza CastlePinPin

Sforza Castle Milan

Sforza Caste in Milan looks quite different than other medieval fortresses. Take a look at these seven photos and see for yourself.

Main gate seen from outsidePinPin

Castle Ruin at Feldkirch Tosters

The castle ruin at Feldkirch Tosters is an insider tip. Tourists rarely find it – it’s just too well hidden. Here are seven photos to show you whats waiting.

Meersburg Castle EntrancePinPin

Meersburg Castle

The oldest inhabited castle in Germany comes with a mystery: Its exact age is unknown. Here are 12 pictures of one of the most beautifully decorated castles you can visit.

Salzburg - The sound of music...PinPin

Fortress Hohensalzburg

The landmark of the Austrian city Salzburg is the largest completely preserved medieval castle in central Europe. Here are 10 photos and some details you won’t find in history books.

Entrance to Rastatt Residential Palace.PinPin

Rastatt Residential Palace

There are two Palaces in Rastatt. Here are 9 photos of the Residental Palace, which nowadays would cost you ~€264 millions to build!

Backside of Rastatt Palace FavoritePinPin

Rastatt Favorite Palace

There are two palaces in Rastatt. This post is about the Favorite Palace, which is kind of a female pleasure castle. Take a look at the pictures, it’s worth it!

Bruchsal Palace from outside.PinPin

Bruchsal Palace

Bruchsal Palace is a a marvelous baroque masterpiece. Just have a look at these pictures and see for yourself.

Fishermens BastionPinPin

Budapest

Take a look at these photos of castles and palaces in Budapest. Including the Fisherman’s Bastion, Vajdahunyad Castle and the Hungarian Parliament.

Little FrancePinPin

Strasbourg

Unbelievable: Strasbourg was one of the filthiest places in the 15th century. Nowadays it’s a world heritage site. Take a look and see what has changed.

The ruined castle Hohenneuffen seen from Wilhelmsfels.PinPin

Hohenneuffen

If you like castles you’ll love the ruined castle Hohenneuffen. Here are 10 pictures and some of the details nobody else will tell you.