Burg Eltz Castle, Germany – evolving through a millenium

Burg Eltz is located on a hilltop near the city of Koblenz and oversees the river Mosel and the neighbouring lands of Elzbachtal as if coming from an artwork of a painter. The same family line has been living there for more than 850 years. Opposite to what happened to the other castles in the area this castle was never pillaged or destroyed and offers a really authentic picture almost a millenium old – sign of a really well led diplomacy. Burg Etlz is not a building coming out of a fantasy tale which is the case with  Neuschwanstein, but more the kind of castle that has served its purpose while developing through the ages. Its strategic placement next to both rivers Eltz and Mosel offered good trading possibilities during the middle ages. Layout Its eight...

Schwerin castle Germany – ghosts, dungeons, and excellence

Schwerin is the capital of the german state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is located around 100 kilometers east of Hamburg. For centuries the town’s castle was home of the line of Mecklenburg and today it serves the purpose of state parliament. It sits upon an island that is connected to the continental part of Germany via two bridges. The castle is considered as one of the most prominent examples of romantic historicism in Europe. History The first reports about a building inside Schwerin date back in the 10th century and mention a fort that has later been destroyed. It was not before the 16th century however, when the construction of a representative castle finally took place. Later on it has been strengthened with additional fortifications and bastions still...

Hohenzollern castle history, events and the mysterious “White lady”

The castle of Hohenzollern is located near the Swiss Alps about 50 km south of Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg. Until the end of World War 2 It is considered the residence of the dynasty Hohenzollern – rulers of Brandenburg and Prussia with roots originating back in the middle ages and later on Emperors of Germany. Geographically, the castle sits on top of mount Hohenzollern at 855 meters above sea level.  History Initially built in the 11th century it was later completely destroyed after 10 month siege in 1423. Forty years later it has been rebuilt – larger and stronger. After the 18th century the castle lost its strategic importance and has been left to decay. Today the only remaining building from that period is the old...

Heidelberg castle facts, history and the biggest wine barrel you have ever seen

The castle of Heidelberg is maybe the most famous german ruin and is located in the state of Baden Württemberg (with state capital Stuttgart). As a symbol of german romanticism the castle attracts yearly countless tourists from all over the world and is one of the must-see german destinations. History The castle has a centuries long history and the proof of that are multiple buildings erected during various periods. It’s initial purpose in the 13th century was to help protect the monastery of Schönau as well as the nearby Tal street. Later on in the 15th and 16th centuries additional fortification walls and towers were built to meet the advancing weaponry at the time. During the following centuries the castle rulers decided that it is about time to build...

Medieval castle rooms to stay and sleep in Germany

There are tourists that aim to experience how locals live, party and have fun. They blow up their cash on clubs, parties, booze and everything that goes along with that. Nothing bad, a matter of taste. Then there are tourists that enjoy sightseeing, visiting museums and cultural monuments, taking pre organized trips with guides, ride the shuttle group busses and have it all taken care of. Finally there are tourists who enjoy experiencing the foreign atmosphere from a different angle. Getting off the beaten track and bringing back memories they could not have had otherwise. If you associate at least a small part of yourself with this third type of adventure seeker then you should definitely read on.   Putting everything into the context of this website’s...

Organize your group trip the right way in 5 small steps.

Most of the time when it comes to holidays and free time we want to spend it with people close to us, catch up with good old friends we haven’t seen for a while or just refresh our minds and emotions around new faces we do not usually hang out with. The only problem is that the more people join the group, the more complicated it gets with the organization of the whole event, which is in most cases done by people like you and me. It is not just about finding the plane/train tickets and rooms to sleep. The more people there are, the more opinions and wishes you will have to take into account if something has to be decided on the fly. So in the case of a larger group the first and most important thing is: 1. You organize – you set the rules If you leave...

Travelling inside Germany – do it the right way with these tips

On your next castle vacation you will probably want to visit more than one castle and for that reason you need to use some sort of transportation. Gladly, Germany has an awesome network of railways and you can get from one side of Germany to the other in a matter of hours. Then again there is the comfort of a rental car that gives you the flexibility to stop wherever you like, go wherever you like and drive however you like. I will split this post into two parts. The first will explain what kind of train categories there are in germany and how you can make best use of them. What special tickets there are and which you should consider buying. The second part will contain information about German highways, rent-a-cars and traffic.   1. Travelling by train in...