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Schloss Schielleiten in Styria

Schloss Schielleiten in Styria, Austria

Schloss Schielleiten, a palace near Stubenberg in the Austrian province Styria. Nowadays it is used as a national sports and recreation centre.

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Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava

Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava,Slovakia

On my walk from the railway station to the town centre, I came across a park at the back of Grassalkovich Palace (Grasalkovičov palác) which is the residence of the Slovakian president.

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Festetics Palace in Keszthely

Festetics Palace in Keszthely, Hungary

On a sunny day in fall I visited Festetics Palace (Festetics Kastély) near Lake Balaton in Hungary. After a walk through the Baroque Palace and a visit at the famous Helikon Library I spent some time at a collection of coaches and carriages housed in the former stable block. More…

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Tower of Renaissance palace Schallaburg

Tower of Renaissance palace Schallaburg, Austria

The lovely tower of Schallaburg, a Renaissance palace in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich).

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Man with nacked bottom at Schallaburg Castle

View at the sculpture with the naked bottom

Peculiar details seen at Schallaburg Castle (Schallaburg) in Schollach, Austria. A sculpture of a man is showing his bottom. Such sculptures were meant as defense against harm and evil spirits More…

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Marchegg Palace in Marchegg

Front view of Marchegg Palace

Marchegg Palace (Schloss Marchegg) is a palace near the March river in the east of Austria. Besides its Baroque style, it is also worth a visit because of some stork colonies in the nearby WWF nature reserve Marchegg.

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Porcia Castle in Spittal an der Drau

Porcia Castle in Spittal an der Drau, Austria

The Renaissance palace in the style of an Italian palazzi was built in 16th century. It houses a museum for local history and a female ghost. Porcia Castle (Schloss Porcia) is notorious for the White Lady Katharina of Salamanca, who is said to be cursed to haunt the rooms. More…

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Courtyard of Porcia Castle in Spittal

Auditorium at Schloss Porcia, Austria

On my walk through Spittal an der Drau I got a glimpse of the courtyard of Porcia Palace (Schloss Porcia). On that day there were some preparations for a theatre festival taking place in this courtyard. More…

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Schlosshotel Velden in Velden

The palace situated next to a lake named Wörthersee was built by Bartholomäus Khevenhüller at the end of the 16th century. After 1890 it was mainly used as a hotel and became famous in the German TV series ‘Ein Schloss am Wörthersee‘.

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Zamek Topoľčianky in Slovakia

Estate of Topoľčianky, Slovakia

Zamek Topoľčianky (Topoľčianky Castle) used to be the summer retreat of the first president of Czechoslovakia. Near the castle there are also a stud for Lipizzaner horses and a reserve for European Bisons. More…

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Zámek Slavkov in Slavkov u Brna

Zamek Slavkov in Moravia, Czech Republic

Zámek Slavkov (Slavkov Castle) got famous for being the site where the armistice between Austria and France was signed in 1805. At that time the place and the mansion was known by the name Austerlitz. Taking a guided tour I had the chance to see not only the interior of the Baroque building but also the room where the armistice was signed. More…

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Electoral Palace in Bonn

University of Bonn, Germany

The Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliche Schloss) of Bonn was the residence of the Archbishops of Cologne. Nowadays it is the main building of the University of Bonn. More…