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Burg Rabenstein (Rabenstein Castle), Ahorntal,…

Burg Rabenstein (Rabenstein Castle),
Ahorntal, Upper Franconian county of Bayreuth in the state of Bavaria, Germany.

Rabenstein Castle is a former high medieval aristocratic spur castle built between 1175 and 1200. During the Thirty Years’ War, the castle was destroyed by imperial troops, because its lord, Hans Christoph of Rabenstein, had aligned himself with the Swedes. After the war between 1648 and 1728 a few small buildings and a farm were re-established. In 1742 the von Rabensteins died out and the castle passed to the counts of Schönborn-Wiesentheid, who revamped the ruins in 1829/30 for a royal visit by Ludwig I.

The castle is now a hotel used for events and conferences. It also houses a falconry used for research and education, along with a café and a beer garden.

Castle Bürresheim (Schloss Bürresheim), near M…

Castle Bürresheim (Schloss Bürresheim),
near Mayen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

The castle consists of buildings constructed between the twelfth and the seventeenth century. The twelfth century keep is the oldest part. The castle was never taken, or raised, or slighted (unlike almost all other Rhine castles).

It featured in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which it was called Brunwald Castle.

Burg Kriebstein (Kriebstein Castle),Kriebstein…

Burg Kriebstein (Kriebstein Castle),
Kriebstein, near Waldheim, Saxony, Germany.

The Kriebstein is an unusual combination of a tower castle (a Turmburg) and a ringwork castle.

Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg), Schloß…

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.

Schloss Hohenzollern (Hohenzollern Castle), 72…

Schloss Hohenzollern (Hohenzollern Castle),
72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany.

Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors

A castle was first constructed here in the early 11th century. The present castle was constructed for King Frederick William IV of Prussia between 1846 and 1867. The design was based on English Gothic Revival architecture and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

In 1945 it became home to the former Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, son of the last Hohenzollern monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is buried there with his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie.

Burghausen Castle, Burghausen, Upper Bavaria, …

Burghausen Castle,
Burghausen, Upper Bavaria, Germany.

Burghausen Castle is the longest castle complex in Europe (1,043 m). The Gothic complex comprises the main castle with the inner courtyard and five outer courtyards. The outermost point of the main castle is the Palas with the ducal private rooms. Today it houses the castle museum, including late Gothic paintings of the Bavarian State Picture Collection. On the town side of the main castle next to the donjon are the Gothic inner Chapel of St. Elizabeth (1255) and the Dürnitz (knights’ hall) with its two vaulted halls. Opposite the Dürnitz are the wings of the Duchess’ residence.

Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle)…

Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle),
Above Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany.

Neuschwanstein is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace. It was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. The palace was intended as a personal refuge but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his suspicious death in 1886. Since then more than 65 million people have visited it. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the main inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Burg Vischering (Vischering Castle), Lüdinghau…

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-W…

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 Riv…

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