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Next month, we’re taking a closer look at Dinkelsbühl, one of the highlights at the romantic road in Germany.
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Adolf Hitler’s modern castles: These 20th century fortifications were designed to withstand a direct hit of an aerial bomb.
Mummies and guestrooms: Accommodation at the moated castle in Sommersdorf comes with bragging rights and creepy party stories.
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!
Timber castles are rare. Very rare! Don’t miss Bachritterburg Kanzach, a 13th century timber castle reconstructed based on historical records.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the details nobody tells you about the two castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Turns out there’s quite some irony connected to them.
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.
How to minimize costs while building the biggest castle in Germany? Count Ulrich of Württemberg had an idea that made Hohentwiel an impregnable fortress!
Bad Urach: The rise and fall of a capital city. Including 8 pictures from the residential palace and Hohenurach 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
Nine photos of the castles at the romantic road between Füssen and Landsberg am Lech. See for yourself why it’s called the romantic road.
Reutte Tyrol: Three castle ruins and a rope bridge spanning a valley. Take a look at these 17 photos to see whats waiting for you.
Take a look at these 7 photos of Craigmillar Castle, one of Scotland’s best preserved medieval castle ruins.
The ruins of Mesocco Castle in Switzerland are worth a visit. Have a look at these six photos to see why.
Sforza Caste in Milan looks quite different than other medieval fortresses. Take a look at these seven photos and see for yourself.
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.
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.
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.
There are two Palaces in Rastatt. Here are 9 photos of the Residental Palace, which nowadays would cost you ~€264 millions to build!
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 is a a marvelous baroque masterpiece. Just have a look at these pictures and see for yourself.
Take a look at these photos of castles and palaces in Budapest. Including the Fisherman’s Bastion, Vajdahunyad Castle and the Hungarian Parliament.
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.
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.