Mirabell Palace in Salzburg

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria

Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell) on the left side is especially known for its marble hall as wedding location. By the way Mirabell Gardens was also a set in the movie “Sound of Music”.  On the picture above one can see the hindquarters of the Winged Horse (Pegasus) where Maria and the children danced around.

Lower Belvedere Palace

Front view of the Lower Belvedere

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.

Bensberg Palace

Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

Bensberg Palace (Schloss Bensberg) was designed by Italian Baroque architect Matteo Alberti in the beginning of the 18th century. Today the former hunting lodge for the Counts Palatine of the Rhine houses a 5-Star Grand hotel. [German]

Würzburg Residence

Frozen fountain at Residenz Würzburg, Germany

It was really a cold day when I took this photo of a frozen fountain on the grounds of the Würzburg Residence (Würzburger Residenz). The Baroque palace which was completed in 1744 is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Kromsdorf Renaissance Palace

Garden of Kromsdorf Renaissance Palace in Thuringia, Germany

The excursion along the Ilm Valley Cycle Path (Ilmtal-Radweg) takes us to the garden of Kromsdorf Palace. At first, the Renaissance palace looks like many others. But his park is special. 64 stone busts adorn the garden wall. The exact assignment of the busts is controversial, which even increases the appeal of a walk. [German]

City Castle in Weimar

City Castle of Weimar

The city castle (Stadtschloss) stands out due to its tower. A baroque hood covers the tall building. Large fires caused renewals of the residence many times. In 1789, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was involved in one of these rebuilding projects as head of the castle construction commission (Schlossbaukommission). [German]

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle in Schwangau, Germany

From the balcony of Neuschwanstein Castle, I got a fine 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 palace of his own the first time.