Castles

Wiligrad Castle on Lake Schwerin

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:58

From 1945 until the fall of the Wall Wiligrad Castle was not to be found on any map for political reasons: Willigrad Castle, the less known but all the more beautiful building in the Mecklenburg castles landscape. Around 1900, Duke Johann Albrecht zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin planned the impressive neo-renaissance building with the architect Albrecht Haupt and built it on the steep bank of Lake Schwerin.

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Neuschwanstein of the North

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 18:32

Schwerin Castle was the residence of the Mecklenburg dukes and is now the seat of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state parliament.

It is located on the castle island in the city of Schwerin and is considered an important example of Romantic Historicism. It is often referred to as the “Neuschwanstein of the North”.

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Gottorf Castle in Schwerin

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 12:05

The Gottorf Castle Sculpture Park was set up on the castle island in the catle lake at the western end of the river Schlei in Schleswig. The exhibits can be viewed and admired on a tour around the castle in the park. The oldest work dates from 1889, the youngest from 1995. In addition to figurative sculptures, abstract works can also be seen.

Gottorf Castle itself is the largest castle complex in Schleswig-Holstein. It is used as a state museum.

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Ashford Castle

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:20

Ashford Castle is a medieval castle from the 13th century and is located on the banks of Lough Corrib near the village of Cong in County Mayo in Ireland. Today the castle is used as a hotel as part of the  "Leading Hotels of the World" and is one of the most exclusive 5-star hotel in Ireland.

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Himeji Castle

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:38

Himeji Castle is located in the city of Himeji in Japan and is e.g. easy to reach from Kyoto with the Shinkansen. From the train station in Himeji, you walk along the city's promenade to the castle complex, which consists of over 80 individual buildings.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 01/20/2020 - 17:54

Neuschwanstein Castle stands above Hohenschwangau near Füssen in the Allgäu. The building was built in 1869 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II. The king only lived in the castle for a few months; he died before the complex was completed. There are many stories about his death. Neuschwanstein was originally called New Hohenschwangau Castle, and has had its current name since 1886.

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Castle Chambord on the Loire

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:54

What happens when camera technology advances? One would prefer to visit all former photo motifs again to take technically better photos. Well, that played a role in the second photo trip to the Loire castles in France. After we had recorded the first series on Fuji film with a Nikon F90x in 1996 and later digitized it with a Nikon Coolscan V-scanner,  we went along the river Loire  in spring 2017 again, now equipped with with a Nikon D810 and a Nikkor 24-20mm /f2.8 lenses.

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Clouds above Castle Chambord

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:51

Chambord Castle is the largest castle in the Loire Valley. It was built in the first half of the 16th century under King Franz I as a ceremonial and hunting castle near Chambord and is considered the most magnificent of all Loire castles. (Wikipedia). In 1996 we took the first photo trip along the Loire - without a smartphone, Booking.com, Google-Maps, Google-earth etc. - and without booked accommodations. So it was always adventurous whether and where we would get accommodation at the travel destinations.

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Eltz Castle on the Elz

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 12/21/2019 - 14:07
Eltz Castle, on the border between Maifeld and Eifel, was built at the beginning of the 12th century. It was built on an elliptical, 70 m high rock head and is surrounded by the Elz on three sides. Eltz Castle is one of the most beautiful historical buildings in Germany and has e.g. managed on the back of the former 500 DM bill at DM times. The castle is a protected cultural monument according to the Monument Protection Act (DSchG) and a protected cultural asset according to the Hague Convention and is marked with the blue and white protection symbol.
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