Vorden castle – The Netherlands
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 Castle of Vorden. The first written account of this castle was in 1315. The current building was built on the old ruins of this castle. During the 80-years-war (or war of independence) between Spain and the Netherlands this castle was … Read More

Huriel, Donjon in France
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During medieval times there was a castle in Huriel. Only the keep and two of the four corner towers have survived the dawn of time. The castle was owned by the lords of Huriel and due to the labor it … Read More

Corcelles-en-Beaujolais, Corcelles Castle – France
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Château de Corcelles. This castle was built to defend the east border of this region. It has never seen battle, but it is a great castle to visit for an hour. You can buy wine that they produce here. Make … Read More

Krakow, Wawel Royal Castle – Poland
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Wawel Royal Castle. In the center of Krakow you will find a beautiful castle. During the 10th or 11th century the kings of Poland settled here and they started to create a palace castle. During the Swedish invasions of 1655, … Read More

Burg Metternich, castle ruin near the river Moselle – Germany
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Burg Metternich. The Lord of Braunshorn built this medieval castle near the Moselle in the 13th century. As most of the castles near the river Moselle it has been destroyed by the French during the 9-year-war. You can climb the … Read More

Burg Arras, near the river Moselle – Germany
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Burg Arras. Around 350 AD the local rulers wanted to protect themself against the Franks. They built a devensive position on a hill. Around 950 AD they  added a tower. The French captured the castle during the 9-year-war. During this … Read More

Este, a medieval city in the province Padua – Italy
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Castle and city walls. Near Venice there are a lot of well-known cities. Este is not one of them. Este is a small city. A big part of its old city walls and castle are still intact. In the Iron … Read More

Castle Helmond, in the middle of a city – the Netherlands
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Castle Helmond. Sometime in the 12th century one built a castle with a donjon on this spot. In the 15th century they replaced it with the current castle. This castle is located in the middle of Helmond. Apart from the … Read More

Moselle, Reichsburg Cochem – Germany
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Along the river Moselle are many castles to be found. Reichsburg Cochem is definitely one that must be on your list. It was built around 1100 and is the highest castle in the area. The looks are that of a … Read More

Muiden, a visit to the Muiderslot
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Muiderslot. In 1285 Floris V commissioned to build Muiderslot. Until then the land belonged to the Bishop of Utrecht. Floris bought the land around Amsterdam and Muiden and built this castle to protect the only road to Amsterdam accessible in … Read More

Moselle, Burg Eltz – Germany
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German fairytale castle When I was 9 years old my dad took me and my brother for the first time abroad to a campsite near the river Moselle. Until then, my only holiday memories were those of a mobile home that … Read More

Ehrenburg, a castle near the river Moselle – Germany
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Burg Ehrenburg. Most likely the church of Trier constructed Burg Ehrenburg. On 1 November 1688 the French took the castle and a year later they partly blew it up. Today one can visit the castle. In summer time there are … Read More

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