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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:32 AM   #61
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Ah, well. I actually prefer Hohenzollern Castle (Swabian Alb, Germany) then.


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There was a beautiful castle in Slovenia, located on a lake island. Can't remember the name.
Anyone who knows what I'm talking about?
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I never really liked the castles of Great Britain. They're lacking ornamentations, details, specific elements that make castles impressive. Also looking quite rustical, not that pleasant at all.


The castles of Central Europe are unbeaten in that regard.
Now you're talking nonsense. The castle purpose is not to impress with arhitecture but to withstand enemy siege. The real castle quality is not defined by wimpy ornamentations and details but rather number of holes from which you can safely pour boiling crap on your foes down below.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 08:37 PM   #72
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Now you're talking nonsense. The castle purpose is not to impress with arhitecture but to withstand enemy siege. The real castle quality is not defined by wimpy ornamentations and details but rather number of holes from which you can safely pour boiling crap on your foes down below.
I must say, I tend to agree with this.
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BTW I was looking now at pictures of Carcasonne in google and this is what comes as one of first

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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:09 PM   #74
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In the end, architecture is all about butts and bicycles, eh.


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Now you're talking nonsense. The castle purpose is not to impress with arhitecture but to withstand enemy siege. The real castle quality is not defined by wimpy ornamentations and details but rather number of holes from which you can safely pour boiling crap on your foes down below.
You're oh so right. But that's why you gotta love how Central Europeans used to build castles or to extend / decorate them during historist times.
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Now you're talking nonsense. The castle purpose is not to impress with arhitecture but to withstand enemy siege. The real castle quality is not defined by wimpy ornamentations and details but rather number of holes from which you can safely pour boiling crap on your foes down below.
I agree.

I personally think that Britian has by far the best castles in the world. Our castles tend to be 'working' castles in that they have endured over time wars, political upheaval and just general history.

A lot of castles in mainland Europe and more ' cutesy' in that they were not used by armies to fight off foes etc. Further, a lot of the pictures shown in this thread are not really castles but stately homes which have features similar to castles.

None of the castles shown from Germany, Spain etc are any nicer than the ones from Britain - just think about Edinburgh castle; it is a castle from 900AD built on an extinct volcano, sitting atop of a UNESCO world heritage site. Stirling castle is similar. Windsor castle aswell has spades of history.

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Castle Stalker (Scotland):
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Balmoral castle (Scotland):


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Peckforton castle (England):
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Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

Reconstruction of castle: count Ján Pálffi, 1880-1910



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I agree.

I personally think that Britian has by far the best castles in the world. Our castles tend to be 'working' castles in that they have endured over time wars, political upheaval and just general history.

A lot of castles in mainland Europe and more ' cutesy' in that they were not used by armies to fight off foes etc. Further, a lot of the pictures shown in this thread are not really castles but stately homes which have features similar to castles.

Balmoral castle (Scotland):


Windsor castle (England):


Peckforton castle (England):
you're kidding, right?
But I agree British castles are awesome. But you realize there are ALOT of "real fortresses" shown in this thread. But many people like cutesy in castles, so those would certainly be posted here first. That doesn't mean there are not countless "Real castles" around here on the continent (and some of those look cute too :P).
It all comes down to personal taste. Personally, I think a beautiful, tall donjon is an important feature in the beauty of a castle. But hot damn, the scottish landscape is a nice background for the natural stone castles for sure.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 12:17 AM   #79
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Just because you don't know about "working" castles in other countries doesn't mean that they don't exist. Personally, I couldn't tell many British castles from the others..still they look nice!

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Old February 2nd, 2010, 12:33 AM   #80
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Kidding about what?

I'm merely raising the point in relation to another poster who said British castles were dull. My point is that castles were generally used as fortresses to contain and protect and not for ornamentation purposes. Further, a lot of the buildings which people are showing are not castles in the proper sense but rather stately manors.
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