Red Castle in Weimar

On the way from the Duchess Anna Amalia Library to the market, I pass a Renaissance portal with a strikingly large number of coats of arms. The windows have colourful lines like fresh make-up. The gate belongs to the Red Castle (Rote Schloss), which was built in the years 1574/76 as a widow’s residence for…

Aquileia Gate in Udine

The Aquileia Gate (Porta Aquileia) was errected in 1436 as part of the fifth ring of city walls surrounding the city of Udine. Entering the city through this gate lead to Via Aquileia where you can walk along six old palaces dating back to the 17th-19th centuries.

Lock at Belvedere Gardens in Vienna

Artful lock of a garden gate seen at the Belvedere Gardens in Vienna. The figurine of a man situated in the middle of the lock made me think it could portray a Native American?

Frescoes inside the Schweizertor in Vienna

There are so many photos showing the Schweizertor (Swiss Gate) of the Viennese Hofburg but have you ever seen photos of the frescoes inside the gate? Have a look at this set of photos presenting the frescoes at the ceiling of the Schweizertor.

Gate of Holy Mother in Jihlava

The top of a tower gate named Gate of Holy Mother (Brána Matky Boží) in Jihlava. In this city composer Gustav Mahler grew up.

Schweizertor in Vienna

Through this gate named Schweizertor (‘Swiss Gate’) one can enter the oldest part of the Hofburg. At the inner yard behind this gate there is the entrance to the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) where one can see some very important crowns and jewels, e.g. the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire.

Gate at Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Main gate in front of the Upper Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere). The lions are showing the crest of Prince Eugene of Savoy. He was the first owner of the palace. Today the Upper Belvedere houses a great collection of paintings.