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Prugg Castle in Bruck/Leitha

Garden side of Prugg Castle in Bruck an der Leitha, Austria

Whereas Prugg Castle (Schloss Prugg) is privately owned and can not be visited, the former castle garden is open for public. From there I took this photo of the castle’s garden side. In 18th century it was rebuilt by architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. In 19th century British architect Edward Buckton Lamb added the Tudor style.

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Gloggnitz Castle in Gloggnitz

Inside the walls of Gloggnitz Castle, Austria

High over the Austrian city of Gloggnitz, the former Benedictine monastery offers now a nice venue for weddings and seminars. The big church located in the middle of the court of Gloggnitz Castle (Schloss Gloggnitz) makes the place special.

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Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale)

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale), Germany

Giebichenstein Castle (Burg Giebichenstein) is part of the Romanesque Road (Straße der Romanik). Today it is used by the Kunsthochschule Halle (Academy of Arts). Being a Burgward in the 9th century, the castle became a royal residence of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Seeburg Castle in Seegebiet Mansfelder Land

Seeburg Castle in Seegebiet Mansfelder Land, Germany

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.

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Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut)

Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut), Germany

Neuenburg Castle (Schloss Neuenburg) located in the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut accommodates a wine museum. I took this photo while enjoying a boat trip on the Unstrut River.

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Huge music stands at Querfurt Castle

One of three huge music stands at Querfurt Castle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

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.

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Querfurt Castle in Saxony-Anhalt

Tower of torture at Querfurt Castle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Querfurt Castle was first mentioned in the 9th century. It is one of the largest medieval castles in Germany. In the last decades, Querfurt Castle became famous as a set for medieval movies. E.g. movies like ‘The Physician’ or ‘Pope Joan’.

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Hohenzollern Castle in Heiligendamm

Hohenzollern Castle in Heiligendamm, Germany

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.

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Royal palace of Visegrád

Inside the walls of the Royal Palace in Visegrád, Hungary

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.

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Lower gate of Lamberg Castle in Steyr

Fresco at the lower gate of Lamberg Castle in Steyr, Austria

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.

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Nuremberg Youth Hostel

One of numerous huge QR Codes at the youth hostel in Nuremberg, GermanyThe 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.

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Skywalk at Leuchtenburg Castle

Skywalk at Leuchtenburg Castle in Thuringia, Germany

The skywalk of Leuchtenburg Castle offers not only a fine view but is also used for a fun ritual. Guests of the Porcelain Worlds are invited to write a personal wish onto a plate and to throw it down. The wish may come true.