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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.