Dagestein castle in Vilseck in der Oberpfalz

Vilseck is a town in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany. The town is geographically separate from a large US-military base known as the Rose Barracks. Its name comes from the location of a castle built in 920. Eck is the German word for corner. The Vils river has a tight bend where the Burg is located.


Das Schloß Liechtenstein overlooking the Echaz valley near Honau and Reutlingen is a Gothic-style castle, built in the 1840s. It was damaged in WW2, but has been mostly restored. The modern castle was inspired by the novel Lichtenstein (1826) by Wilhelm Hauff.

Hours: April – October 9 am- 5:30 pm, closed Jan & Dec, Nov/Feb/March only open weekends 10 am- 4 pm. Fee: Courtyard Entrance, Adults €2, Children €1, Guided Tour, Adults €8, Children €3.50. Address: 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany


Der Zwinger in Dresden, Sachsen, Eastern Germany

Der Dresdner Zwinger is a palace built in Baroque style, designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. It served as orangery, exhibition gallery, and festival arena of the Dresden Court. The location was formerly part of a fortress of which the outer wall is conserved. The name derives from the German word Zwinger (an enclosed killing ground in front of a castle or city gate); it was for the cannons that were placed between the outer wall and the main wall. The Zwinger was not enclosed until the Neoclassical building by Gottfried Semper called the Semper Gallery was built on its northern side.

Today, it is a museum that contains the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Dresdener Porzellansammlung) and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments).