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
Schloss Drachenburg (Drachenburg Castle)
Königswinter, on the Rhine near Bonn, Germany.
Schloss Drachenburg is a private villa in palace style constructed in the late 19th century. It was completed in only two years (1882–84) on the Drachenfels hill. Baron Stephan von Sarter, a broker and banker, planned to live there, but never did. Today the Palace is now in the possession of the State Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Burg Vischering (Vischering Castle),
Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany.
Vischering Castle consists of an outer courtyard, defensive gateways, moat, drawbridge, main building and chapel. Vischering Castle was built by Bischop Gerhard von der Mark to counter one built nearby by the von Lüdinghausen family. Vischering Castle became the seat of the Droste zu Vischering Family. The castle keep is now missing, having been removed during Renaissance renovations.
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.