With a long list of castles to its credit, Germany has architecture from the Regency era, orangeries and gardens we have read about in stories and stunning palaces we only have dreamt of visiting. With a vast historic past of more than 2000 years, Germany has castles dating back to the 7th and 17th centuries. Here are a few places from Germany’s architectural splendour to dive into.
With the honour of being a UNESCO World heritage Site, the Naumburg Cathedral is a significant cultural monument of Germany. Blending art and architecture, it is a period structure from the High Middle Ages. A west choir with twelve figures of benefactors, sculptures and stained glass, the serenading interiors of the Cathedral narrate a tale of the High Medieval cultural landscape. The Mason’s Hut inside the Naumburg Cathedral, has interesting ideas for children’s activity.
If the word ‘picturesque’ could be defined in one glimpse, it would mean the Moritzburg Castle. This magnificent castle, designed in symmetrical baroques, was once the hunting castle of the Saxons. It is placed on an artificial island, with artificial lakes and forests surrounding it. Stunning interiors, leathern wall coverings, an exquisite Feather Room, are visual delights awaiting at the castle of Moritzburg.
Opened to the public in 1886, after the demise of King Ludwig II, the Neuschwanstein castle is a splendid private refuge. It was built by King Ludwig as a residence, where he could withdraw from all public life and find solace. Now, it is popular among tourists for the castle’s architecture and the location’s serendipity and calmness. A short walk through tall trees and majestic mountains in view, leads to the castle gate.
A world heritage site, this nature’s escapade is placed in Worlitz, Central Germany. The first and largest English park that you will find in Germany is the Worlitz Park. The scenery of the park takes you back in time to a world of gardens and orangeries. It was created during the Regency Era, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff, a friend of Duke Leopold. More of a natural setting than a cultural one, Worlitz Park, one can enjoy a stroll on the cobbled path, among the display of flowers and boating in the lake, with the sounds of water gurgling and birds chirping in the backdrop.
Ever wondered what a fairyland would look like if it existed in real life? Well, the Schwerin Castle in Western Pomerania, Germany which once was the residence of several dukes and their families, is quite the definition. With a grand architecture surrounded by deep blue waters, overlooking the splendid Lake Schwerin, the castle has a museum, a park and an orangery which also has a restaurant. The Schwerin castle is now the seat of the state parliament.
The Prussian Palaces and Gardens of Potsdam
Potsdam, with its name penned down in the pages of history, is also a site of beautiful palaces and culturally-rich exhibitions now. You can visit the Sanssouci Palace, Sanssouci Park and gardens with exhibits relating to art, philosophy, nature and relaxation. The Sanssouci palace designed between 1745-47, was once the summer residence of King Frederick the Great, of Prussia. The name of the palace itself stands for ‘without concern’ (sans souci). The castles and the garden architecture in Prussia are a bewitchingly beautiful sight.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office, India.