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« on: February 13, 2009, 01:36:07 pm »

To while the winter time away, I thought about posting a thread with pictures of castles we've seen during our motorcycle travels.

I'll start with Castle Hohenzollern in Baden-Württemberg near Stuttgart. Built initially in the 13th century, it was destroyed several times with subsequent reconstruction and was also the seat of the Prussian Hohenzollern family that ruled much of Germany over the centuries. It is currently a museum, although German nobility still lives in one of the wings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohenzollern_Castle

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009, 09:29:50 pm »

Oh yea,

we were there in 07. we actually saw the Princess. They had just opened up a new part of the lower areas, where the soldiers used to live, back in the 1700's.

Absolutely one of the "have to see" places in the world..


Thanks for the memory. Your post card shot, the last one, is my background at work..

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009, 09:30:43 pm »

Taken in 1997 from Mirabelgarten...

Over 900 years old and featured on The Great Castles of Europe.

Hohensalzburg...




The view from the balcony of my B&B...

Burg Heimfels...
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2009, 08:29:58 am »

We once made a special trip to see Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. I got a vague shot of the base of the structure as the whole of Bavaria was socked in fog. All the rest of my shots seem to be from castles rather than of castles, like this shot of Jaen Cathedral:
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2009, 05:54:42 pm »

If there is one thing we Europeans knew how to do well, it is castles Wink



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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009, 04:26:35 pm »

Ok, I'm in:

This one's a bit big for putting in stream - http://www.bighammer.net/images/Euro08/Schwangau029.jpg

Another Neuschanstein


Hohenschwangau


Interlaken (more conservative)



Hunegg (near Interlaken)


Thun is too big and my Oberhofen pictures aren't that spectacular...

From Ireland:
Slade castle



Dunbroddy abbey (the cows were fascinated by the rented GS)



Blackwater castle ( great place to stay near Cork )



Not a castle, but every bit as important:



Malahide:


Swords:


Rathfarnam:


Trim:


I've got a few more from my last summer trip at www.bighammer.net/euro08.html & on the Ireland page.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2009, 09:24:21 am »

Castello di Baldi

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/Picture003-3.jpg

Torrechiara Castle

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/Picture003-2.jpg
 
Remains of a Moorish castle overlooking Sintra, Portugal.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/1a1e1e48.jpg
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009, 09:58:40 am »

I'll add a few (always with a nearby Guzzi):

Flums


Schaffhausen


Balsthal


Sforza


Bardi


Volterra


Lugo


Castelfranco


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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009, 10:21:57 pm »

Ohh YEAH!

I've been planning my June 09 trip of passes and castles for my wife and some of these are already on my list.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2009, 01:42:10 am »


We once made a special trip to see Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. I got a vague shot of the base of the structure as the whole of Bavaria was socked in fog. All the rest of my shots seem to be from castles rather than of castles, like this shot of Jaen Cathedral:


When I was there this past summer it was a wonderful day.  I hiked up the hill in my motorcycle boots and shorts.  Yo should have seen the looks.   Lol
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2009, 04:42:47 pm »

I used to do the http://www.roundbritainrally.co.uk/ a photographic motorcycle and landmark rally. Due to my OCD a couple of nice rides outs and minor detours on the way to events rapidly turned into doing the whole lot for 05 and 06 a combinations of events: pressure from SWMBO to spend more quality time; not being able to get the time off work to go to Guzzi events and the cost has meant I've had to let it go (for now)

Some of the landmarks were castles so here they are

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/07CornwallCarnBrea.jpg
Carn Brea castle nr Redruth - now contains a restaurant, up a dirty track in the cloud/rain - furthest point in a day trip from Hertfordshire.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/14DorsetnrDorchester.jpg
Maiden Castle - iron age earth works, same trip as above. rain had stopped but losing the light.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/20HerefordClifford.jpg
Holt, welsh borders, closest I could get the Guzzi to it, but shows I was there on the motorcycle so qualifies

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/32NorthumberlandnrCorbridge.jpg
This one I couldn't get to the actual castle.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/70SouthLanarkshireStrathaven.jpg
There behind the tree

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/78CarmarthenshireKidwelly.jpg
You can actually see this one

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2006/Landmarks/68WestLothian.jpg
more a pele tower but it's a castle

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2006/Landmarks/30Northumberland.jpg
This is more like it.

So a collection of fairly rubbish photos. Taken to serve the purpose to show the landmark, my motorcycle and the control card.
I went to lots of intresting places, learning about them whilst doing my research so I could find them, a castle is a fairly easy thing to find.
However I saw very little as just rushing about the countryside concentrating on the vanishing point, racking up huge daily mileages ie 720 around the highlands of Scotland
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2009, 09:07:52 pm »

Good to hear from you Martin  

hadn't seen you online much lately and was wondering where you were

Good to see that you're still out & about  Smile Thumbsup
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2009, 02:50:05 am »

Some good pictures in this thread!

Some more:

The small moated castle Kalteneck in Holzgerlingen/Böblingen district near Stuttgart
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01658.jpg
Always thought it would be the ideal sized place for me   Rolleyes
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01657.jpg

My favorite castle is Predjama Castle in Slovenia, which is built into a cliff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predjama_Castle
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01852.jpg
Located in the foothills of the Slovenian Alps and close to the Adriatic Sea
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/IMG_7973.jpg
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2009, 07:22:29 pm »

Oswestry, Wales

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Wales05023.jpg

Richmond Castle, Yorkshire

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/Picture003.jpg
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2009, 01:24:33 pm »

Peel Castle, Isle of Man

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Picture034-1.jpg
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2009, 01:37:46 am »

I must apologize for having nothing to add... posting so I may know when new items are added... A few friends & I are planning to make it over to Europe for a Bike Tour in the next 5 to 8 years... if not sooner.
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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2009, 07:23:13 pm »


A few friends & I are planning to make it over to Europe for a Bike Tour in the next 5 to 8 years... if not sooner.


I'd make it sooner ........ we might not survive 5-8 years  Bigsmile Bigsmile Bigsmile
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2009, 10:29:43 pm »

I had quite a few ... uh... hiccups on my 1st mainland outing, but will definitely be back.  Despite that accursed brand b's abs / brake failure, it was still the best trip my wife  & I have ever been on.  

Don't wait.  My only regret - not getting to Andermatt fast enough ;-)
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2010, 08:49:21 pm »

time to add a few more recent ones seen along the road...

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« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2010, 06:47:50 pm »

Scotland

Dunnotter Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/IMG_0333.jpg

Urquhart Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1177.jpg

Eilean Donan Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1607.jpg

Stalker Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1019.jpg

Carbisdale Castle (Now a Scottish National Youth Hostel!)
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF0799.jpg

Crathes Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/CrathesCastle-1.jpg

Kildrummy Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1679.jpg

Inverarry Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/InvergarryCastle.jpg

Ireland
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1525.jpg

Tuscany
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF4459.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF4420.jpg

Lazio
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF4223.jpg

France

Colmar Walled Fortress
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1121.jpg

Vernon
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF3125.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF3121.jpg

Carcassonne
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/P1010265.jpg
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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2010, 12:07:17 am »

Fort de la Latte, Brittany:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Picture115.jpg

Laugharne Castle, South Wales

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Picture035-3.jpg
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« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2010, 02:33:43 am »

Nice to see this old thread revived  Smile The weather in Germany is pretty inclement at the moment, so no current pictures, but here a couple of older ones...

Castle Hellenstein in Heidenheim
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Hellenstein.jpg

Use to live about 50 meters aways from this small castle in Deufringen
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Deufringen1.jpg

This is castle Solitude on the outskirts of Stuttgart
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http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Solitude2.jpg
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« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2010, 05:12:32 pm »

From a Trip to Spain in March 2010, the Manzanares El Real Castle

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll217/yotes65/2010%20Madrid/DSCN0268.jpg

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« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2010, 06:17:28 pm »

Good one! I hope they got a crenelation permit for that?...

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« Reply #25 on: December 25, 2010, 11:06:07 pm »

My sucky picture of Eilean Donan Castle. Not as nice as the Eilean Donan pictures on the previous page but, bonus points for Guzzi content  Bigsmile

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Good one! I hope they got a crenelation permit for that?...

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Absolutely. And, it's the only castle so far where boiling oil is still handy.
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« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2011, 03:59:06 pm »

Larochette in Luxembourg from last year's tour on the old Bugly;



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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2011, 05:26:13 am »

http://s129.photobucket.com/albums/p238/freelunch_photos/Schloss.jpg
Heidelberg Castle overlooking the Old Bridge (2003).

I worked in Heidelberg for 2.5 years and walked across this bridge to work each day. I recommend Heidelberg for a visit. It is very popular with tourists, yet still a proper, working German university town. Interesting places nearby to visit and a beautiful location in the Neckar Valley. Excellent restaurants and brew pubs.
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Heidelberg Castle overlooking the Old Bridge (2003).

I worked in Heidelberg for 2.5 years and walked across this bridge to work each day. I recommend Heidelberg for a visit. It is very popular with tourists, yet still a proper, working German university town. Interesting places nearby to visit and a beautiful location in the Neckar Valley. Excellent restaurants and brew pubs.


What a brilliant town. Stunning.
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« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2011, 12:07:57 am »

Staying in Germany...Cochem on the Mosel River

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Euro05197.jpg
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« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2011, 03:41:34 am »

Castle Hochosterwitz in Kärnten, Austria yesterday

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Miscellaneous/IMG_1372.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hochosterwitz_Castle
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« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2011, 11:45:59 am »

Caernafon, North Wales. Excuse the thumb.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/GeneralPig/mon2011059.jpg

Beaumaris, Anglesey-possibly the most technically advanced (and expensive) castle ever built:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/GeneralPig/mon2011115.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/GeneralPig/mon2011102.jpg
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« Reply #33 on: October 25, 2011, 11:14:02 am »


Fort de la Latte, Brittany:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Picture115.jpg




Famous also for being used as Aella's Castle in the final scenes of the Kirk Douglas epic ... "The Vikings"
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Famous also for being used as Aella's Castle in the final scenes of the Kirk Douglas epic ... "The Vikings"

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That's how I learned about it  Smile I saw the movie then looked up the location on IMD
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« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2011, 12:52:30 am »

Here's the story - our first time on a motorcycle in Europe (2007 - shipped our bike from Australia).  We had pre-booked a hotel room for one of our first nights (early May) in the town of Bouillon in the Ardennes.

The room was old, but comfortable enough, and this was the view out the window in the afternoon:



and then when it got dark:



Bloody magical!

Cheers from Oz
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« Reply #36 on: November 02, 2011, 07:19:21 am »


Bratislava Castle, Hungary


Castle Dracula, Romania


Unknown castle, Croatia


Castle Bourscheid, Luxembourg


Toll Castle, Germany


Castle Cochem, Germany
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« Reply #37 on: July 12, 2012, 07:50:04 am »

Cilgerran Castle (Wales)


Forte di Bard in the Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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« Reply #38 on: July 15, 2012, 04:11:55 pm »


Cilgerran Castle (Wales)





Feck me-a late Welsh castle actually built by the Welsh! A friend of mine did the archaelogical dig on Cilgerran. Fascinating place.
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« Reply #39 on: July 16, 2012, 09:29:05 pm »


Dilapidated castle north of Florence, IT (as opposed to Florence, SC)
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n302/peter_anon/af47002f.jpg
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« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2012, 11:34:46 am »

Fort de Parciola, Vivario Corsica.


Castello di Serravalle above Bosa, Sardinia
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« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2013, 03:01:22 pm »

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« Reply #42 on: July 08, 2013, 06:00:16 pm »

Carlow Castle (Ireland), built 1213


Trim Castle (Ireland), built 1172
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« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2013, 07:00:27 pm »

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p238/freelunch_photos/Bamburgh2.jpg
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England from the west.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p238/freelunch_photos/Bamburgh1.jpg
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England from the east.

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« Reply #44 on: August 15, 2013, 03:24:19 pm »

Bamburgh is a complete stunner.  Bigok
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« Reply #45 on: December 20, 2013, 02:44:10 am »

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« Reply #46 on: March 29, 2014, 10:08:02 am »


Fénis Castle (Italy, Aosta valley)


Fort de Joux (La Cluse-et-Mijoux, Jura mountains France)
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« Reply #47 on: October 30, 2014, 06:43:48 pm »

Mont Orgueil Castle on the Bailiwick of Jersey:

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« Reply #48 on: September 17, 2016, 09:57:00 pm »

Caernarfon Castle

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/thumb_L1000848_1024_zpsgezpn371.jpg

Harlech Castle

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« Reply #49 on: September 18, 2016, 04:37:54 pm »


Caernarfon Castle

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/thumb_L1000848_1024_zpsgezpn371.jpg


Looks like you still have the Thruxton...
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« Reply #50 on: September 26, 2016, 11:28:46 am »


Looks like you still have the Thruxton...


Yep  Smile

Tabiano Castle

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Bardi Castle

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« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2017, 02:45:43 am »

If you are big fan of the castles you should go to Scotland, there are lots of old XIII centuries casles. Traveling from place to place no nig cities, just you, your bike, open road and nature. The weather is not the best but still ok.

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