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Kastelen / Castles

Eén van mijn speciale verzamelgebieden is "KASTELEN". Zowel postzegels als ansichtkaarten met kastelen en overblijfselen van kastelen (ruïnes) vind ik erg interessant. Je kunt er zo heerlijk bij wegdromen. Hoe ging dat vroeger? Hoe leefden mensen in zo'n groot (koud?) gebouw? Waren er veel bedienden en waar woonden die dan?

Hieronder presenteer ik een aantal ansichtkaarten met kastelen, alleen met naam en locatie. Een volledige beschrijving is in veel gevallen te vinden op andere bladzijdes van deze site. Gebruik daarvoor het menu aan de bovenkant.


Romania / Bucarest:  Stirbei Palace

Kaart ontvangen van Alina and Alex

The Stribei Palace (1835) in Neoclassical style was build according to the plans of the French architect Sanjouand. This elegant and light edifice, with Greek elements, belonged to the prince family Stirbei until 1948, when it was nationalized.
Unfortunately, many important and fine architectural elements were destroyed and lost at the end of the fifties in the 20th century.


Spain: Alhambra Castle

Granada - Alhambra - Spanje

Finland:  Olavinlinnaa Castle

Kaart ontvangen van Paavo

Olavinlinna (Swedish: Olofsborg; literally St. Olaf's Castle) is a 15th century three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland. It is the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing. The fortress was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475. It is located close to the Russian Border.  The castle now hosts exhibitions and festivals.
The postage stamp, added to this card from my collection, is from 1930.



Häme Castle (Hämeen Linna) - Finland

Raseborg Castle ( Raaseporin Linna/Raseborgs slott) - Finland


Nagoya Castle - Japan


Japan: Hikone-Jo Castle
Kaart ontvangen van Ryo

The Hikone-Jo castle is situated in the Shiga Prefecture in Japan.
It was constructed in early seventeenth Century (1622).
This castle is on the list on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list.


Ceska Republika: Hrad Helfstyn

Kaart ontvangen van Stepankovi

Helfštýn, (German: Helfenstein, Helfstein) is a castle 15 km east of Prerov, in the Olomouc region in Central Moravia, Czech Republic.  It was probably established at the end of the 13th century. It was extensively alterated in the 17th century.
The ruins of the castle are perched on a high wooden knoll above the narrowest part of the Moravian Gate and above the left bank of the river Becva. The complex is 187 meters long and up to 152 meters wide. It is one of the largest castles in terms of area in the Czech Republic.

A detailed phototour around the castle is documented on

Divci Hrad - Tsjechië

Kaart ontvangen van Tomas

Radun Castle is situated near Opava (Czech Republic).
Originally from 16th Century, it has been rebuilt several times.
The latest reconstruction ended in 1912.
In 1984 the castle was opened for public.


Sudak Genuese Vesting - Ukraïna

Burgruine Dürnstein - Oostenrijk


Savonlinna (1475) - Finland


Ruine van 14e eeuws kasteel Kasperk in Tsjechië



Palais de Versailles - Paris - France

The Palace of Versailles or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French it is the Château de Versailles.
When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.


Postcard received from Christian

The royal Château at Amboise is a château located in Amboise, in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France. Confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it became a favoured royal residence and was extensively rebuilt. King Charles VIII died at the château in 1498 after hitting his head on a door lintel. It has been recognised as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1840.


Trakai Castle  - Lithuania

And another view on this superb Castle from 14th Century:

For a desription, also refer to page on Litouwen



Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich (Scotland)  - United Kingdom



Northumberland: Bamburgh Castle (United Kingdom)



Bled Castle / Slovenia


Belgium: Castle of Turnhout

Card received from Ilse

In its nine centuries of existence the 'little castle' has had as many lives. It was originally the first Duke of Brabant's hunting lodge. Since then the impressive building has been known as a jail, city warehouse, fire station and weaving school. It has been a listed monument since 1936. Today it houses the court of Turnhout.


Nesvizh Castle - Belarus
This was is the residential castle of the Radziwill family since 1533.
In the second world war, the castle was used as a sanatorium.
In 1994 the castle complex was designated the national and cultural reserve.
In 2006 the complex was inscribed on the World Heritage List for Belarus.


Belgium: Castle of Bouillon

Postcard received from Nelly

The castle-fortress of Bouillon, whose construction started in the 8th century, is one of the most ancient and interesting remains of feudalism in Belgium.
Overhanging the Semois river, it is characterized by its numerous corridors and vaulted halls.
The castle became first famous due to Godefroid, the leader of the first Crusade (1096).


Gravensteen (Castle of the Count) - Gent - Belgium


Gillette Castle - Hadlyme, Connecticut  - USA


Chateau Montreuil-Bellay  (Maine-et-Loire  /  France)


Kaart ontvangen van Kate

St.Angelo's Castle in Rome (Italy)

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum.


Kaart ontvangen van Chiara

6 Castles in Abruzzo Region - Italy


Kaart ontvangen van Hellen

Kuressaare Castle (Arensburg) - Estonia


Kaart ontvangen van Yassminka

Ksiaz Castle in Poland

Schloss Schwerin

Kaart ontvangen van Catharina

Das Schweriner Schloss liegt auf der Schlossinsel im Stadtzentrum von Schwerin. Es ist Sitz des Landtages des norddeutschen Bundeslandes Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Es war für lange Zeit Residenz der mecklenburgischen Herzöge und Großherzöge.



Germany: Schloss BURG a.d. Wupper

Kaart ontvangen van Lilly

Schloss Burg (das Herz des Bergischen Landes) ist eine der größten wiederhergestellten Burganlagen Westdeutschlands.  Adel und Rittertum, die im Mittelalter herrschende Schicht, waren die Bauherren der Burgen. Schloss Burg verdankt seine Entstehung den Grafen von Berg.
Das Bergische Museum Schloss Burg gibt Einblick in Geschichte und Kultur des Mittelalters, das Leben auf der Burg durch die Jahrhunderte, Alltagskultur, Handel und Wandel im Bergischen Land.


Rastatt / Baden / Gemany

Kaart ontvangen van Sabina

Schloss Rastatt is a historical building in Rastatt, Germany.
The palace and the Garden were built between 1700 and 1707 by the Italian architect Domenico Egidio Rossi as ordered by Margrave Louis William of Baden.
Now the palace is a museum, a.o. Wehrgeschichtliche Museum (military history) and Erinnerungsstätte Freiheitsbewegung in der Deutsche Geschichte (Memorial for the German liberation movement).


Bavaria Germany:  Schlosz Neuschwanstein

Kaart ontvangen van Sigs

Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein) is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.
Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge.
The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.


Heidelberg Castle (Germany)

Kaart ontvangen van Stefanie

The Heidelberg Castle (in German language named: Heidelberger Schloss) is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
The original castle was hit by lightning several times and some parts were severely damaged.
The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries.


Poland: Bedzin Castle

Kaart ontvangen van Ana

Bedzin is situated in the South of Poland. The Bedzin Castle (Zamek Bedzin) originates from the 14th century. It was destroyed several times, renovated several times and finally rebuilt in 1952-1956.  Now it is a museum of armament, from Medieval times until today.



Poland: Krasiczyn Castle

Postcard received from Olga

The construction of this castle started in 1580 and it was completed in 1633. It has been destroyed and burned several times, but rebuilt everytime.
An extensive renovation took place in the nineties of the last century. Today it is holding restaurants and a hotel.