Seeburg Castle (Schloss Seeburg) is located on the shores of a lake called Süßer See (Sweet Lake). Contrary to its name the lake is salty. It was created by the natural leaching of rock salt in the subsoil. The name of the municipality Seegebiet Mansfelder Land refers to the fact there are several such lakes in this region. Continue reading →
Three music stands (Notenständer) with a height of four metres remind of the fact that Querfurt castle (Burg Querfurt) houses a school of music. Artist Ingo Güttler created these music stands which play music and form a sound-installation. The stands can be removed during those times the castle is used for festivals or as a set for movies.
Querfurt Castle was first mentioned in 9th century. It is one of the largest medieval castle in Germany. In the last decades Querfurt Castle became famous as set for medieval movies. E.g. movies like ‘The Physician’ or ‘Pope Joan’.
Hohenzollern Castle (Burg Hohenzollern) was built in the 1840s. The idea was to create something romantic, the architect Georg Adolf Demmler (1804-1886) was influenced by Tudor castles he visited in England. Today the edifice is part of an ensemble run by the Grandhotel Heiligendamm.
The first royal house on this site was built by King Charles I of Hungary in 14th century. In 15th century Matthias Corvinus had the palace complex reconstructed in late Gothic style. After the Ottoman Turks’ siege in 1544, the palace fell into ruins. Its excavation began in 1934 and continues today.
The fresco decorates the Gothic archway at the lower gate of Lamberg Castle (Schloss Lamberg) protecting the lane leading up to the castle. It shows emperor Frederick III and his son Maximilian in front of a depiction of the medieval Lamberg Castle.
The youth hostel in Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is located in a part of the Imperial Castle complex high over the city. Though the rooms are pretty modern, there are also several atmospheric parts. Interesting detail: You can find huge QR codes all over the hostel telling you interesting details about the city of Nuremberg.