Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg),
Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany.
Moritzburg Castle is a Baroque palace in Moritzburg, in the German state of Saxony, about 13 kilometres (8.1 MI) Northwest of Dresden. It is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, who had a hunting lodge built here between 1542 and 1546.
Burg Vischering (Vischering Castle),
Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany.
Vischering Castle was built by Bischop Gerhard von der Mark in the 1260s. It is a typical moated castle of the Münster region. It consists of outer defensive courtyard, defensive gateways, moat, drawbridge, main building and chapel. The moat is replenished by a side-arm of the River Stever. The keep was removed during Renaissance renovations.
Burg Runkel (Runkel Castle),
Runkel, Limburg-Weilburg, Hesse, Germany.
A ruined hill castle from the High Middle Ages. It consists of an upper or main castle and a lower castle.
The Upper Castle is in ruins since it was destroyed in the Thirty Years War but it is still walkable.
The Lower Castle, after the destruction of the Thirty Years War in the 17th and 18th Centuries, was rebuilt and expanded. It now consists of two– or three-story buildings, one of which, shaped like an U, connects with the Upper Castle to form an enclosed courtyard. Unlike the Upper Castle, the buildings of the Lower Castle are well preserved and, for most of the time, still used today.
Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz),
above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany.
The Eltz family lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago, and still does. About 100 members of the owners’ families lived in the over 100 rooms of the castle. It is a Ganerbenburg, or castle belonging to a community of joint heirs. It is divided into several parts, which belong to different branches of a family. In the case of Eltz, the family comprised three branches and the existing castle comprises three separate complexes of buildings The Rübenach and Rodendorf families’ homes in the castle are now open to the public, while the Kempenich branch of the family uses the other third of the castle. The main part of the castle consists of the family portions with up to eight stories and with eight towers reaching heights of between 30 and 40 meters.
This is as close as reality gets to Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast