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...