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Bruck Castle in Lienz

Bruck Castle in Lienz, Austria

The Counts of Gorizia built Bruck Castle (Schloss Bruck) in the 13th century. In the chapel, the frescoes of late Gothic artist Simon von Taisten are worth seeing. The castle museum displays a collection of works by the local painter Albin Egger-Lienz.

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Wels Castle in Wels

Wels Castle in Wels, Austria

The castle in Wels is generally known as the Castle (Die Burg) or as the Wels Castle (Die Welser Burg). It was first mentioned in 776. At that time, the site was just a wooden building with palisades. The construction in stone took place in the 12th or 13th century.

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Satzvey Castle in Mechernich

Satzvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany

The former moated castle is considered one of the best-preserved castles in the Rhineland. Its origins date back to the 12th century. Today, the walls of Satzey Castle (Burg Satzvey) serve as a venue for knight games and medieval festivals.

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Finstergrün Castle

Finstergrün Castle in Ramingstein, Austria

Finstergrün Castle (Burg Finstergrün) is located high over Ramingstein, a place of the Lungau region in the Austrian state of Salzburg. The castle was first mentioned in the 12th century. Today it houses a hostel. The pic was taken on a rail trip with a local train of the Styrian Railway (STB).

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Villa Manin in Codroipo

Villa Manin in Codroipo, Italy

On 17 October 1797, France and Austria signed the Treaty of Campo Formio in this villa. This event ended the War of the First Coalition. Today, the edifice houses a collection of antique carriages and an armoury. In addition, the villa is a popular venue.

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Haus Kemnade in Hattingen

Haus Kemnade in HattingenHaus Kemnade, first mentioned in 1410, now houses a restaurant and several museums. In addition to the musical instrument collection Grumpt and the East Asian Art Collection Ehrich, a nearby farmhouse and a bee museum complement the cultural offer.

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Tucher Mansion in Nuremberg

Tucherschloss in Nuremberg, Germany

The Tucher Mansion (Tucherschloss) was completed in 1544 and served as summer residence for the Tucher family, a patrician family in Nuremberg. The museum inside shows how such a patrician family lived in those times. I was especially impressed by the furniture displayed in the rooms of the mansion.

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Veliki Tabor Castle in Croatia

Veliki Tabor Castle, Croatia

Veliki Tabor Castle (Grad Veliki Tabor) on a sunny spring day. The oldest part of this castle is a five-cornered tower which was built in the 12th century. The Croatian painter Oton Iveković owned the castle from 1927 to 1935.

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Niederfalkenstein Castle

Niederfalkenstein Castle in Obervellach, Austria

Niederfalkenstein Castle (Burg Niederfalkenstein) is situated high over the municipality Obervellach in the Austrian state of Carinthia. This photo was taken from a train while passing the railway bridge Falkensteinbrücke.

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Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle in Schwangau, Germany

From the balcony of Neuschwanstein Castle, I had this view of the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle. Whereas Neuschwanstein is known as a dream castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Hohenschwangau was the castle of his parents and his childhood. Living there, he probably forged out plans for a castle of his own the first time.

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Wiesberg Castle in Tobadill

Railview of Wiesberg Castle

The castle above the mouth of the Paznaun in the Stanzer valley, was built in the 13th century. Many of today’s visible elements were created during a renovation at the beginning of the 20th century. In May 1945, parts of the German Wehrmacht surrendered to American troops after negotiations in this castle.

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Stallburg in Vienna

Lippizan horses in their boxes

A chance to see the famous Lipizzan horses of the Spanish Riding School for free is having a look into the Stallburg which is placed next to the Spanish Riding School. There you can see the horses standing in their boxes waiting for their next training or performances.