Water tower in Wels

Frontside of the Renaissance water tower (16th century) in Wels, Austria

This water tower in Wels was built in 1577/1579 by Wolfgang Khranlachner. Watchmaker Clement Rench designed the water pump inside the tower. Artist Niclas Linkh created the colourful façade painting.


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]


Red Castle in Weimar

Renaissance portal at the Red Castle (Rotes Schloss) of Weimar, Germany

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 Duchess Dorothea Susanne. [German]


Cranach House in Weimar

Detail of the Cranach House (Cranachhaus) in Weimar, Germany

The Cranach House was built in the years 1547 to 1549 by the Renaissance master builder Nikolaus Gromann for the ducal chancellor Christian Brück. Its present name reminds us of the presence of the painter Lucas Cranach, the Elder. He spent his last months here. [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]


Comthurhof in Erfurt

Renaissance windows and coat of arms at the 16th century Comthurhof in Erfurt

The Comthurhof was errected in 16th century in the style of Renaissance and was owned by the Teutonic Order. Today it houses flats and offices.