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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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