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Postby Tria » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:45 pm

Aliencat wrote:Hey, thought I'd dig this thread back up again with another awesome German castle called Burg Hohenzollern:


It's situated high on a rocky hill, making it hard to attack, here you can see it sticking out above the clouds:

Looks almost magical, no? Like a floating sky castle.

It was mostly destroyed during a siege in the Thirty Years War (judging by this castle's almost-impossible-to-attack position high up on a rocky hill that must have been one Megablocks of a siege), but rebuilt again into a more beautiful castle that we see there nowadays.

I have visited this castle! Its really beautiful!

The region of Baden-Württemberg has lots of castles and well-preserved medieval houses, streets etc..
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Postby Redav » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:54 pm

Tria wrote:I have visited this castle! Its really beautiful!

It sure is! The wife and I were fortunate enough to visit this castle in Jan this year (a challenge considering we live in Australia!) and the building was wonderful, amory was impressive and the history was deep and interesting. The best part was the place was packed out two about six other tourists, two being Kiwi's who (oddley enough) seemed to know a thing or two about medieval history.

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Looks almost magical, no? Like a floating sky castle.

It's certainly set in a loverly environment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Black Forest. This shot makes it look a bit Mont St Michel-ish (managed to spend a few hours there this trip too and alot busier than other places).
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Postby DarkTemplar » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:02 pm

I've actually got a trip to Arundal Castle planned in September for a belated honeymoon so I'm pretty psyched about that :). Apparently it's just finished complete restoration as it was done up for the recent snow white movie. That may just be hearsay but it does look fantastic;



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Postby mpoh98 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:32 pm

Amazing Castles! I love all of them!
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Postby SEdmison » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:32 pm

I won't spam the group with each picture on this thread, but here are some shots from my recent vacation to Nice, Monaco, Provence, and Paris:

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, including some really amazing gardens:

Monte Carlo, including the casino and some fanboy shots of the Formula 1 track :D :

Cassis, a picturesque seaside village:

Aix-en-Provence, including a couple of shots of Montagne Sainte-Victoire:

Nimes, including some surviving Roman architecture:

Pont du Gard, including a surviving section of a Roman aqueduct:

Avignon, including some shots of the surviving medieval city wall:

Saint Rémy de Provence, including Les Antiques de Glanum (Roman ruins):

Les Baux, a set of medieval ruins clinging to the side of a mountain:

Aix to Paris by rail, including French countryside and Jersey cows:

Paris (‘nuff said):

Giverny, including the grounds and amazing gardens of what was once Monet’s estate:

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Postby Miro78 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:04 pm

Here is an inspiration that I will be attempting. It's of Michael's Gate (Michalska Brana) located in Bratislava, Slovakia. I plan on recreating it in LEGO form with the adjacent yellow buildings next to it. I will try to stick close to minifig scale, but it appears to be quite tall, so we'll see.


Here are links to better images that are too large to directly post here.

Here is a model version of it (non-LEGO) and a good presentation of what it might look like in LEGO form.


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Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:45 am

I was just wandering around, lost in the internet, and came across this image of a most curious town hall in southern Germany -- the town of Bamberg. It looks like the Rathaus was built on a bridge in the middle of a river going through the town.
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Postby Justin M » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:31 pm

I never realized we had this thread, or at least I don't remember it!

Definitely some inspiring pictures in here, I'll be checking back often. :D
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Postby Bruce N H » Thu May 21, 2015 2:24 pm

Inspirational picture of the week - Build a MOC based on Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, Scotland.


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Postby Bruce N H » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:16 am

Inspirational picture of the week - build a castle based on Bodiam. This impressive castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in East Sussex, England. Photo by Steve Fitch. This castle has been the inspiration for LEGO versions, including these by Bob Carney and Aquariusfuzz. How about you?

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