Bensberg Palace

Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

At the beginning of the 18th century, Italian Baroque architect Matteo Alberti designed Bensberg Palace (Schloss Bensberg). 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 a cold day when I took this photo of a frozen fountain on the grounds of the Würzburg Residence (Würzburger Residenz). The Baroque palace saw its completion in 1744. Today, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Jindřichův Hradec in Bohemia

Well in Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic

In the Bohemian town of Jindřichův Hradec, a castle of the same name is located. Its former German name was Neuhaus (New House). The literal translation of the Czech name means Henry Castle. Worth seeing is the roundel from 1596, which is counted among the principal works of the Bohemian Renaissance. [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]


Dessau City Museum

Dessau City Museum in Dessau-Roßlau

The Residenzschloss Dessau, a palace in the style of the Early Renaissance, lost many of its parts during World War II. The remaining wing, the Johannbau, houses the Museum für Stadtgeschichte (Dessau City Museum). [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.


Falkenlust hunting lodge

Schloss Falkenlust in Brühl, Germany

Jagdschloss Falkenlust is a hunting lodge in Brühl. Together with Augustusburg Palace (Schloss Augustusburg) and the park grounds, Falkenlust hunting lodge forms an ensemble. In 1984 this ensemble has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. [German]


Marienbrücke in Schwangau

Longshot of the Marienbrücke in Schwangau, Germany

A longshot of the Marienbrücke taken from a balcony of Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein). From there one has an excellent view over the whole castle. The bridge can be reached by bus starting near the ticket office in Hohenschwangau.


Friedenstein Castle in Gotha

Friedenstein Castle in Gotha, Germany

View of Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) taken from the staircase of the Ducal Museum of Gotha. The early Baroque palace was built in the mid-17th century by Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. It is notable for hosting the Ekhof-Theater, which is still operating the original Baroque machinery for changing the scenery. [German]