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.

Gotisches Haus in Xanten, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern…

Gotisches Haus in Xanten, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany

Wernigerode is a town in the Harz mountain region in…

Wernigerode is a town in the Harz mountain region in Sachsen-Anhalt, Northeastern Germany. It’s part of the German Timber-Frame scenic route, and contains interesting Gothic buildings, including a fine town hall with a timber facade from 1498. Some of the quaint old houses which have escaped the numerous fires through the years are elaborately adorned with wood-carving. The Gerhart-Hauptmann Gymnasium, occupying a modern Gothic building, is the successor to an ancient grammar school. Brandy, Hasseröder lager beer, cigars, and dyes are among the products manufactured in Wernigerode. The castle (Schloß Wernigerode) of the princes of Stolberg-Wernigerode rises above the town. The original was built in the 12th century; the current version was built in the 1800’s and includes parts of the medieval building.

Das Schloss Marienburg is a Gothic revival castle in…

Das Schloss Marienburg is a Gothic revival castle in Niedersachsen, Northern Germany near Hannover (30km) and Hildesheim (15km). It was a summer residence of the Welfen (House of Guelph dynasty), built in the mid-1800’s as a birthday present by King George V of Hannover to his wife, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg. From 1714-1837 there had been virtually no royal court in Hannover as the House of Hannover had ruled the kingdoms of Hannover and Britain by personal union, so the castle was also built to serve as a suitable seat. Due to Hannover being annexed by Prussia in 1866, it was left uninhabited for 80 years after the royal family went into exile in Austria. Few renovations were done until 80 years later when it was safe to come back. The castle is currently owned by Prince Ernst August of Hannover. Parts are open to the public, such as a museum, restaurant & chapel, and can be booked as an event location for weddings, receptions, concerts & more. Official website:

http://www.schloss-marienburg.com/en/

Wetzlar in Hessen, Central Germany, is a former Free Imperial…

Wetzlar in Hessen, Central Germany, is a former Free Imperial City, owing much of its fame to being the seat of the Reichskammergericht (Imperial Supreme Court) of the Holy Roman Empire. It straddles the river Lahn and lies on the German Timber-Frame Road on the north edge of the Taunus mountain range. It’s known for its old town and its medieval cathedral. Notable features include the Eisenmarkt and the steep gradients and tightly packed street layout of a medieval town. The sandstone cathedral of St. Mary was commenced in the 12th century as a Romanesque building. In the later Middle Ages the construction was continued in Gothic style. The church was never finished, as one steeple still remains uncompleted. The cathedral suffered heavy damage in WW2 from aerial bombing, but was restored in the 1950s.

Das Schloss Nörvenich in Nörvenich near Düren,…

Das Schloss Nörvenich in Nörvenich near Düren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, was established circa 1400 by Wilhelm von Vlatten and was remodeled on numerous occasions over the centuries. Just before WW2, it was taken over by non-aristocratic owners; it has repeatedly changed hands since. The current mansion dates back to the 1700s and features Gothic brickwork and richly designed stucco ceilings in the Regency style.

Blutengel – Reich mir die HandBlutengel (”Blood Angel”) are a…

Blutengel – Reich mir die Hand

Blutengel (”Blood Angel”) are a German Darkwave group formed by singer Chris Pohl (also of Terminal Choice, Tumor, and Miss Construction) after he had to leave Seelenkrank due to contract problems. The lyrics are primarily in German and English and are presented in male and female vocals. The themes of the songs usually center around supernatural, dark, and romantic themes such as love, vampirism, sex, fetishism, death & immortality. Albums: 

1999: Child of Glass – 2001: Seelenschmerz – 2002: Angel Dust – 2004: Demon Kiss – 2007: Labyrinth – 2009: Schwarzes Eis – 2011: Tränenherz – 2013: Monument – 2014: Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey) – 2015: Omen – 2016: Nemesis: The Best of & Reworked