Homes in Hamburg-Blankenese, Northern Germany

Homes in Hamburg-Blankenese, Northern Germany

Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near…

Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near Binz. With 200,000+ annual visitors, it’s the most popular castle in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northeastern Germany. It lies in the middle of the forested Granitz ridge as part of the Rügen Biosphere Reserve. It was built between 1838-1846 in the style of the North Italian Renaissance castellos and has been a popular holiday destination for European nobility and prominent people such as Otto von Bismarck. It was owned by the von Putbus family until 1944, then passed into Nazi hands on the imprisonment of the owner. The family was finally dispossessed as part of the East German land reforms; the castle remains in state hands. After the end of WW2, many furnishings were lost or stolen, works of art were taken to the Berlin Art Depot, the agency for the administration of Soviet assets in Germany, and transferred in 1953 to state museums in Berlin. Attempts by the grandson of Malte zu Putbus to get the family seat returned failed in court. The building is now used as a museum. It was renovated in the 2000s at a cost of 7.9 million euros.

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern…

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, located near the village of Niederheimbach between Bingen and Bacharach. It’s part of the Rhein Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site and was first mentioned in 1271. Like neighboring Reichenstein Castle, it was managed by the lords of Hohenfels. Its residential areas are furnished with items in the neo-gothic and Biedermeier styles. The interiors are enriched by paintings owned by the Hohenzollern family, the Köth-Wanscheid family foundation, and art by Johann-Caspar Schneider, among others.

Misty Maschsee with Rathaus, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Northern…

Misty Maschsee with Rathaus, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Northern Germany — no, it‘s not the Taj Mahal, just Hannover‘s very shiny city hall. 🙂

Storm warning in Iserlohn. Iserlohn is a city in the Märkischer…

Storm warning in Iserlohn. Iserlohn is a city in the Märkischer Kreis district of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany. It’s the largest city by population/area in the Sauerland near the Ruhr river that gives the Ruhrgebiet its name. The Pancratius church aka Bauernkirche was founded in 985. In 1237, Iserlohn received town rights. Every year a part the local culture is the Schützenfest at Alexanderhöhe with its Parkhalle and the Friedensfest at the Bauernkirche.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is…

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is an hour by car from Munich, and the ride is a beautiful stretch of Autobahn, unfortunately not the whole way. Expect it to take up to 3 hours on weekends and public holidays. Trains leave to/from Munich every hour, the ride takes 90 mins on the local and 60 on the express. It’s also a nice end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, driving down south, stopping at various recommended heritage towns, ending in Garmisch for an overnight stay, or better yet, a few days, as it is a good base to drive out and back to Füssen’s Neuschwanstein castle and to Innsbruck/Austria along spectacular mountain views.