Templar museum

The templar museum at Lockenhaus Castle (Austria) presents the history of the Knights Templar. Besides that, it tells about Austrian places related to this military order.

Goethe Garden House

The Goethe garden house is a building in the Ilmpark of Weimar. It was Goethe’s home and workplace until he moved to the Frauenplan in June 1782. Here he wrote the famous ballad of the Erlkönig and the poem To the Moon.

Theseus Temple in Vienna

It is not visible from the Wiener Ringstraße. Only those who enter the public park named Volksgarten suddenly find themselves facing a piece of Greek antiquity. Of course, it isn’t ancient. The Theseus Temple is a classicistic building from the years 1819/23.

Silent Night Museum in Hallein

In August 2006, I went to the Silent Night Museum (Stille-Nacht-Museum) in Hallein. It primarily deals with Franz Xaver Gruber who is considered the composer of the famous Christmas carol Silent Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht).

Velenje Castle in Velenje

Velenje Castle (Velenjski grad) is a well-preserved castle high over the Slovenian city Velenje. It offers an interesting museum inside. For example, one can see the reconstruction of an old grocery shop and the remains of two mastodons.

Lower Belvedere Palace

Lower Belvedere Palace (Unteres Belvedere) and Upper Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere) constitute an ensemble near Vienna Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). Both palaces are venues of a museum and gallery named Belvedere. Next to the Lower Belvedere one also can visit art exhibitions in the former Orangery and the Palace Stables of the ensemble.

Moyland Castle in Bedburg-Hau

View of the main entrance of Moyland Palace (Schloss Moyland) where I visited an exhibition about the German artist Joseph Beuys.

Model of the ancient forum in Kempten

A model of the ancient forum on the grounds of the former Roman place Cambodunum in Bavaria. It is part of the Archäologiepark Cambodunum (APC) where one can visit reconstructed temples of the former Roman settlement.

Saalburg in Bad Homburg

The Saalburg in Hesse is part of the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes which is also known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the reconstructed structures of a typical Roman fort, a museum tells about the life of the soldiers along the border.

Bruck Castle in Lienz

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.

Ottoneum in Kassel

The edifice was built as a theatre by architect Wilhelm Vernukken in the years 1603/1606. The commissioner was Landgraf Moritz, who named the Ottoneum after his son Otto. Today, a natural history museum is housed here. Well-known collection pieces are a Xylotheque and the Ratzenberger Herbarium.

Wels Castle in Wels

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.