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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Hunedoara Castle

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Unfortunately, this is another post where it is difficult to distinguishing fact from fiction. But first a word about Hunedoara Castle, one of the biggest of its kind in Romania and in Europe. Prepare to be blown away by this Gothic-Renaissance castle; not only because of its size, but also because of its number of bastions and towers! When you enter…

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The Fairy Tale Palace

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If you haven’t got a lot of time in Schwerin, make sure to visit the Schwerin Palace. It has been compared to Versailles and Neuschwanstein. The original castle dates from the 10th century, whereas the current one has been built in the 19th century. It is a beautiful example of romantic Historicism and has had many uses. The palace served…

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LuLu In B&W

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A couple of facts about the castle in Ludwigslust: Originally, this was a hunting lodge. Prince Christian Ludwig – hence the name – turned it into a castle in the 18th century. The exterior is Late Baroque, whereas the interior is neoclassical. Today, the castle is home to an art museum. The entrance fee is € 3,00. As I promised…

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LuLu In Color

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On the first Wednesday morning of March, Lars told me: “Let’s go and visit LuLu!’ I see… To say that I was confused is the understatement of the year. I associate the name “Lulu” with 2 things: The mother of Lars used to have a very sweet dog, called Lulu. We were all very fond of her, but unfortunately she…

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The Dream Castle

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It is not that Lars and I had been dreaming of living in a certain castle. No, we simply had the desire to see it. Let me explain… I am a big fan of Mads Mikkelsen. Now you know: I have a bit of a crush on him. Anyway, one of our favorite movies with him is A Royal Affair:…

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Rupea Castle

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During the attacks of the Turks and Tatars, the local population not only sought refuge in the fortified churches, but also in castles. Like for example Rupea Castle, one of the oldest monuments in Transylvania. You have to pay a small entrance fee, in Romanian money. We didn’t have any and asked permission to enter for a couple minutes, so…

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The Palace of No Worries

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Normally, Lars and I don’t visit touristic places. First of all, there are lots of blogs and websites dedicated to these and second, we are more attracted to off the beaten track places. It’s the goal of our blog. But there are exceptions to this rule, simply because some of these spots are too beautiful. Sanssouci certainly belongs to this…

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Between Donau and Balaton – The Castle of The Blood Countess

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Catchy title, isn’t it? But who was this Blood Countess? Did she really exist? Yes! Her real name was Elizabeth Báthory. This is what Wikipedia has to tell about her: Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Báthory Erzsébet in Hungarian, Alžbeta Bátoriová in Slovak; 7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614) was acountess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labeled the most prolific…

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