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Hiroshima Castle- History, Photos and Tips for Visiting

At the mention of Hiroshima, most people immediately think about the first atomic bomb and the devastation it caused. It will forever be what Hiroshima is known for. It also is the main reason why tourists come to visit Hiroshima. Regardless of what our guidebook led us to believe, there was more to Hiroshima than…

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Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña- Havana’s Mighty Fortress

As we walked around Old Havana, I couldn’t help but look across the channel and wonder- “What is that giant stone wall?” It seemed like it went on forever, spanning almost the entire hill. The stone structure that had piqued my curiosity was actually a colossal colonial fortress, the largest in the Americas. Fortaleza de…

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  • Sand In My Suitcase - Those stone walls look pretty impressive! These fortified walls end up being great tourist attractions, don’t they? We’re particularly thinking of the medieval wall around the historic heart of Dubrovnik, which you can walk atop (and peer down at shopkeepers and schoolboys kicking soccer balls and grannies hanging laundry). Cub would be interesting to visit – one day!December 13, 2014 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

Discover Hohensalzburg Fortress- Salzburg’s Medieval Castle

I love visiting castles, so it’s no surprise that the first place we headed after arriving in Salzburg was the fortified Hohensalzburg Castle. The name Hohensalzburg translates into “High Salzburg Fortress”, fitting considering the castle’s location atop Festungberg Hill directly overlooks the Old Town quarter. Hohensalzburg Castle is not only Salzburg’s key landmark, but is…

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  • teresa - I love Salzburg ! It has been a great joy remembering this castle again. Great shots!November 30, 2014 – 10:52 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Teresa! I’m glad I brought back some happy memories for you!November 30, 2014 – 11:00 amReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I instantly got drawn to all of your castle posts upon reading the fairy tale castle post you did. It makes me feel like royalty to just step on one of those buildings. Did you feel the same way?March 25, 2015 – 10:02 pmReplyCancel

The Romantic Ruins of Heidelberg Castle

Situated on the slopes of Königstuhl Hill, Heidelberg Castle stands majestically over the historic Old Town below. This sandstone palace, well revered throughout history for its beauty, now exists in partial disrepair. A collection of roughed-up buildings remain, each at one time an extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture. The palace’s romantic location on a forested…

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  • Mari - I just stumbled across your blog and gotta say it’s just lovely! The pictures are amazing! And Heidelberg just ended up into my must see-list.October 4, 2015 – 3:34 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much for your kind comment, Mari! Glad I could add to your must-see list!October 4, 2015 – 5:52 pmReplyCancel

Bavaria’s Fairytale Castles: Part Two- Neuschwanstein Castle

This is Part Two of our series on Bavaria’s fairytale castles. In Part One, we explored the small resort village of Hohenschwangau then toured Hohenschwangau Castle and its beautiful courtyard. Next, we take a look at Bavaria’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein Castle One of the world’s most iconic palaces, Neuschwanstein Castle has captivated well…

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  • Jeff Titelius - A very nice finish to your Bavarian castle report! That first picture took my breath away! I have never seen the castle more beautifully photographed before. Magnificent! What a shame they don’t allow photography inside but I guess there’s a lot of artwork that they need to preserve. Nonetheless, loved your exterior shots!!May 26, 2014 – 5:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much! That’s my all time favourite photo I’ve ever taken. It took two visits and a lot of patience waiting for the fog and light to be just right.May 27, 2014 – 11:08 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa Goodmurphy - That first photo is absolutely stunning! I have wanted to visit Neuschwanstein Castle forever – your post has made me want to go even more!May 27, 2014 – 1:41 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Lisa. I hope you get to visit one day! It’s such a beautiful part of Germany.May 27, 2014 – 1:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica (Barcelona Blonde) - Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I love your photograph of the castle through the archway.May 27, 2014 – 1:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie @ The World on my Necklace - It is a beautiful castle. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go inside as the wait was something crazy like 6 hours when we were there and we didn’t have the time but wandering around the outside and surrounds was great.May 27, 2014 – 7:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That’s too bad. I was worried about the lineups so that’s why I booked our ticket way in advance. We only had one day to spend there so I wanted to make sure we were able to tour the castles. But, just seeing it from the outside is pretty amazing too!May 27, 2014 – 9:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Admittedly Neuschwanstein does look even better than the other castle. What a great place for a honeymoon, even with the fog. The first shot looks really amazing, too bad only that the king could never enjoy his completed creation…May 29, 2014 – 2:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Diana Xie - Oh my gosh, the first picture is breathtaking! You’ve done the Castle justice! Also love the waterfall one. June 1, 2014 – 3:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Tam @ Travelling Book Junkie - We had to postpone our recent trip to Bavaria due to bad weather – camping in thunderstorms didn’t appeal – so Neuschwanstein is still on our list of must visit places.

    Your pictures are beautiful and I will definitely be noting the top tip about booking ahead of time to save queuing! :)June 5, 2014 – 11:58 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Aww, that’s too bad. Camping in the rain is not fun! I hope you’re able to plan another trip and get some nice weather next time!June 5, 2014 – 3:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Thank you for sharing your beautiful images. I feel like 35 minutes wouldn’t be enough to see if properly. Do they allow you to wander around after the tour?June 9, 2014 – 9:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You’re welcome! Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to wander freely inside the castle. It is a very quick tour and the group is quite large, so it can be hard to hear the guide. I thought it was still worth it to go inside though.June 9, 2014 – 9:42 pmReplyCancel

  • wesley - WOW this castle looks amazing.June 10, 2014 – 10:19 amReplyCancel

  • lily - hi,
    that first picture is AMAZING!!!
    also saw your post on hallestat and austria, thanks for sharing!!
    can i ask which hotel you stayed at in hallestaat and what camera do you use?? what kind of lens do you use for all the scenic pictures??

    keep it up!!!August 18, 2014 – 4:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! In Hallstatt, we stayed at Seehotel Gruner Baum which is right between the lake and the main square.

      If you want to check out my camera gear, I have an amazon widget on the sidebar of my site that features most of the equipment I use. I’ve also included a little description about what type of shots I use the lenses for. Hope this helps!August 20, 2014 – 10:39 amReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Beautiful! The photos are so good! The first one is like the first page of a fairytale story. I just want to grab them and hang them on my living room walls. Keep up the good work..you make people happy with your posts and pictures.October 5, 2014 – 6:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Vanessa. I love that first picture as well. It’s my most favourite of all the photos I’ve ever taken. One day I’m going to get it blown up nice and big for our wall.October 5, 2014 – 9:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I just had to check out this post because of your part 1. Bavaria castle is really a view to behold. I’m glad that you are able to take pictures from the inside.March 25, 2015 – 11:35 pmReplyCancel

Bavaria’s Fairytale Castles: Part One- Hohenschwangau Castle

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles are well known for their fairytale-like appearance, but it’s their surreal location in Bavaria, Germany, that markedly enhances their beauty. These two castles, one the childhood residence King Ludwig II, the other his extravagant creation, are perched on the hills in Schwangau, overlooking peaceful Alpsee Lake and the small resort village…

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  • Jeff Titelius - I have written many an article about these fascinating castles and their histories but sadly, I have never been there in person. However, your article really brings the castle to life and is full of great tips for traveling there. Now, it’s on to your coverage of Neuschwanstein! Thanks for the wonderful tour!May 26, 2014 – 5:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Rhonda, hat really does look like a stunning location for castles, especially in the misty weather! Unfortunately I have never been to the area and I didn’t even know that there was a second castle so close to Neuschwanstein. Visiting both castles seems to be worth it already for the views alone. Too bad you couldn’t take any photos inside, it would have been nice to get an impression of the interior as well…May 28, 2014 – 3:47 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Not being able to take photos in some places is a huge pet peeve of mine. I consider my photographs to be my “souvenirs”, so I get a little bummed out when I can’t take pictures, especially when it’s a place as beautiful and unique as these castles. You’re right, this is a perfect location for castles and the fog adds some mystery and romance to the setting.May 28, 2014 – 7:23 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Nice photos (as always) Rhonda. I actually wasn’t a big fan of Neushwanstein – just found it too touristy and the interior too fantastical. There’s a reason they called Ludwig crazy :) Maybe being unimpressed also had something to do with the weather, was cold and raining non stop. Judging by many photos I’ve seen, part of the attraction with Neushwanstein are the incredible views from the Marienbruck.
    If there’s one tip I would have for anyone visiting that area: visit Reutte right across the border in Austria. Only 20 minutes away by bus and you’ll see some impressive ruins and great scenery.
    Frank (bbqboy)May 29, 2014 – 12:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - Thanks for the tips. That castle is majestic. So beautiful. I wonder how it feels to live in something like that.March 25, 2015 – 10:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Suzy - What a wonderful post and beautiful photos about two of my favourite castles. We lived a couple of hours away from here for six years and whenever we had company come and stay with us, guess where we had to take them? Needless to say we’ve been here countless times but I really love it and never get tired of it. Thanks for taking me down memory lane!July 14, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

A Walk Through Prague: Part Two- Prague’s Lesser Town and Castle Quarter

In Part One of our walk around Prague, we explored the Old Town, enjoying the architecture and atmosphere of Old Town Square, and the contrasts of the Jewish Quarter. When we last left off, we were crossing the iconic Charles Bridge, arriving into Malá Strana, also known as Prague’s Lesser Town. Greeting us at the…

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  • Laura - Great photos. Prague is such a beautiful city!February 11, 2014 – 10:40 amReplyCancel

  • Adelina @ PackMeTo - I LOVE your photos. What camera/lens do you use? I missed out on the Lennon wall when I was there. Trdelniks are delicious – I could really use one right about now.February 14, 2014 – 12:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! I use a Canon 6D and my go-to lenses for travel are the 24-105 f/4 and 16-35 f/2.8. It’s a nice combination for shooting landscapes and dark interiors, like churches.February 14, 2014 – 3:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Living Prague - Super description Rhonda, only one thing to add in the Castle section in that when you leave Golden Lane and turn left under the black tower, immediately on your right is the entry to the South gardens. You can get back to the main Castle entry via the gardens and they have stunning scenic viewing points over the city. Little tips from livingprague.com.September 7, 2014 – 5:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Rajendra Badgujar - Very great fotos.Prague is a very beautiful cityJune 27, 2016 – 10:14 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you for your kind comment. I agree, Prague is a gorgeous city!June 28, 2016 – 4:30 pmReplyCancel

Castle Hill, Budapest- Self-Guided Tour of the Points of Interest

Crowning the hilly west bank of the Buda side of Budapest is Castle Hill, a district packed with historic sights and famous for its splendid vistas. Our first day in Budapest was spent exploring the Castle District. We had such a good time wandering the crooked streets, admiring the fabulous architecture, indulging in sweet treats,…

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book} - Every time I see pictures of Budapest, it just makes me want to plan my next trip there sooner. Budapest Castle Hill is just amazing and your pictures certainly captured its beauty and stunning architecture. Those night shots are gorgeous! Glad you got to see the Changing of the Guards. They’re always so fun to see.January 23, 2014 – 12:24 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Great post! We’ll be in Budapest this coming summer and I’ll make sure we visit each of these highlights.
    Frank (bbqboy)January 23, 2014 – 9:41 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Lucky you! Have fun!January 23, 2014 – 4:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Hungary 4 U - Beautiful pictures and great travel tips for visiting the Buda Castle DistrictJanuary 23, 2014 – 4:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Budapest is my favorite European city! Also on Castle Hill is Cafe Ruzwurm, Budapest’s oldest cafe and pastry shop. The cakes are so delicious! Another secret beneath the Castle Hill is Faust Winery, the perfect spot for Hungarian wine tastings.February 26, 2014 – 2:13 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Even after spending an entire day on Castle Hill, we still didn’t see and do everything! Good tips for next time.February 26, 2014 – 1:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Urska Furlan - Great tips! I was there once, but I didn’t have the chance to see the Buda Castle Labyrinth. Good idea for the next time! :)March 9, 2014 – 4:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Anne Vallet - I want to say that your experiences and mine were so akin. I love Castle Hill and so much of Buda and Pest, the Danube. I personally did not do the Labyrinth, except for the part you mentioned (the big part) because I have a fear of enclosed places and had already used my doctor helps in the catacombs in Rome on that trip, but my husband, took a video cam and the “personal labyrinth” experience. I waited up top by Matthias Church…oh my….but…when he came up, and you would need to know he was a 3 toured recon Marine “Nam era, now gone on, he gave me the video cam, and said, hey, just a fun jog, Annie… So I truly don’t know if the personal experience of the labyrinth was better, but the video cam I have is cool. He did a good job, and he went it alone…that’s the cool part…to cover them, I think they follow at a distance. He exited the labyrinth near me, where they told me to wait. I thought you might want to know that as a fellow lover of Castle Hill. I’m from Texas. Much love.♥April 13, 2014 – 4:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Rose - What a bunch of lovely photos! I was here a few years ago, found it very interesting, but thanks to your post I learned a bit extra. Thanks! :)December 29, 2014 – 3:27 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica van Dop DeJesus - Just arrived in Budapest and ran into this post via twitter. Very useful since we have 48 hours here! Lovely pictures!December 29, 2014 – 11:11 amReplyCancel

  • Erin Rathbone - I too experienced the Labyrinth and I was laughing reading your description. At one point it was dark and foggy and creepy and I almost had a panic attack because I couldn’t find my way out of a dead end. While I agree there’d be better caves to visit, the sheer bizarreness of this one will always stand out in my mind, and provide comic reliefFebruary 17, 2018 – 4:00 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Lol…yes, it definitely makes for a funny story, if nothing else!February 18, 2018 – 10:30 amReplyCancel

Nuremberg Castle- Guide and Photo Tour

Nuremberg, out of all the places we visited during our five weeks in Europe, surprised me the most. It was a place I hadn’t done much research on, for some strange reason. When I decided to stop in Nuremberg it was mainly because it was a convenient location for making a day trip to Bamberg,…

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  • Frank - Great post. I was last in Nuremberg 20 years ago but we’re planning on going for a visit next summer. What I remember most about the city is that there was a lot of dark stones on the buildings which made the city look almost forbidding – a contrast to places like Rotherburg ob der tauber which look like they popped out of a Hansel & Gretel book. I also remember the great little sausages that are a specialty in the area as well as the fantastic Franken wines.
    Good job, look forward to seeing the city again.
    Frank (bbqboy)December 21, 2013 – 1:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Love your photos of Nuremberg! We were just there for the Christkindlmarkt and definitely enjoyed the city. I’d love to go back when we’re not focused on all the Christmas market goodness.January 29, 2014 – 10:46 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is the theatrical creation of King Ludwig II, also known as “mad” Ludwig. He ordered it to be built in 1869 on a craggy hill in Hohenschwangau, Germany, using his own personal fortune to pay for the project. Unfortunately, King Ludwig died mysteriously at Lake Starnberg in 1886 before the castle’s completion. Neuschwanstein…

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  • Jennifer - We’re talking about finally going to Neuschwanstein in just a few weeks. I really want to see the castle, though don’t have much of an interest in touring the inside.March 18, 2014 – 4:17 pmReplyCancel

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