A visit to castles, palaces and manor houses is a good opportunity to look back into the past and admire things that you don't necessarily assume were already there hundreds or thousands of years ago (for those who could afford them).
And there are many stories to listen to...
This was Josephine Baker's home. And this castle is just as extraordinary as the life of this artist.
The oldest documents mention the castle in the 13th century, where it played a role in the Albigensian Crusade.
This photogenic island fortress, which guards the entrance to the Old Port of Marseille, was immortalised in Alexandre Dumas' classic «The Count of Monte Cristo» from 1844.
The castle in the Elzbach valley (also known as Elz) was probably built at the beginning of the 12th century on a trade route between the Moselle countryside and the fertile Maifeld. The name Eltz was first mentioned in a document of Frederick I Barbarossa in 1157.
The location of this castle is unusual. Unlike most fortresses, it does not stand on a protective rock that is hardly accessible. The builders made up for this with an extremely massive construction.
Trifels Castle was not only a simple knight's castle, but also an emperor's castle, the favourite castle of Emperor Barbarossa. The most distinguished royal fortress of the Staufer period stands on the highest of 3 cone-shaped castle mountains.