Marienburg – A castle for a birthday

Marienburg, this beautiful Gothic Castle, located 30km away from Hanover, was erected in the 19th century by King George V of Hanover as a present to his wife Marie, hence the name Marienburg or “The castle of Mary”.  It clearly had no military or defense purpose, and was used as the Summer residence of the ruling family.

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Burg Altena – the first youth hostel

Not once, while travelling in North Rhine Westphalia, had we heard talking about Sauerland… If you’re a lover of recreation activities: trekking on scenic mountain trails or mountain biking or even water sports, this land of fields and forests is a great place to do all that and more. And of course, scattered here and there are also a few pretty nice towns.

One of them is Altena, a small town that stretches on the river banks of Lenne.

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Lüdinghausen and three moated castles

Some weeks back I was writing about Munster, this town in Germany that we know so well because we have visited it 9 times already. But we have also explored the nearby area and in this article I will tell you the story of another German town, where you find not one, not two, but three moated castles.

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Luna de miere în Portugalia – Sintra & Cascais – partea a II-a

Traseul din a 3-a zi de miere a fost Lisabona – Sintra – Cascais – Lisabona.

Sintra şi Cascais sunt două oraşe portugheze, aflate la distanţă foarte mică de Lisabona. Am plecat dis de dimineaţă cu trenul, aceasta fiind cea mai bună variantă de transport. Călătoria până la Sintra durează cam o jumatate de oră iar biletul este în jur de 2.15 Euro. În Sintra locurile de parcare sunt o problemă, aşa că dacă optezi pentru varianta de a închiria maşină din Lisabona, vei pierde vremea întâi în aglomeraţia din oraş iar apoi cautând un loc legal unde să o laşi. Continue reading “Luna de miere în Portugalia – Sintra & Cascais – partea a II-a”