Introduction My only contact with the sights and sounds of the Salzburg area of Austria comes from the movie The Sound of Music. If you have seen the Sound of Music, you have seen much of the beauty of Austria in the summertime, even though the plot of the movie had some very serious aspects. […]Continue reading
Introduction to Konopiště Thirty miles south of Prague is Konopiště, the lavish residence of the archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir of the Habsburg throne. While waiting his turn to become emperor, Ferdinand turned this castle into a palace with all the latest comforts, amassed one of the world’s best collections of arms and armor, and lined […]Continue reading
On this tour Rick takes us through a different kind of “castle” or “palace” in Munich called The Residenz.
Even though it doesn’t have impressive walls or towering spires it is an impressive complex with a rich history dating back to the late fourteenth century.Continue reading
My wife, Lynn and I had the good fortune to visit Windsor Castle in the mid 1980s on a fast-paced visit to the London area following a business trip to Lausanne, Switzerland.Continue reading
This post breaks with the pattern of featured palaces and video tours that I have done on the blog. I have posted narrated tours of approximately 20 of the world’s great palaces over the past year or so and most focus on the rich past history of the palace and its occupants over the […]Continue reading
The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most popular tourist stops in France but it has not been that way for too many years. The massive structure fell into disrepair after the French Revolution and most of the furnishings were sold off. Only since World War II has there been an ongoing major […]Continue reading
Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced [nɔʏˈʃvaːnʃtaɪn], English: New Swanstone Castle) is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for […]Continue reading