Schloß Grünsberg, Germany

I’ve always imagined castles as daunting stone buildings perched high on mountains, above a river or pass or cliff, isolated and majestic. We passed this teeny one on the roadside, partly hidden and on a curve no less, on our way to Burgthann. Of course it warranted a stop. I’m not sure it can be categorically labelled a castle, but hey, if your house has a bridge over a stream leading under an arch to an inner courtyard with room for sword battles and cavalry, I guess it could be a castle!

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This is the approach to the inner courtyard. Red and white stripes on the castle doors and shutters stand for Franconia, a hill-and-dale type region of Bavaria.

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The oval plaque in the center commemorates the deaths of Adolph Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach and his Aunt Sophie. Schloß Grünsberg was a former holding of the Stromer von Reichenbach family, first mentioned in 1254. “Freiherr” is the baronial title; a family member was once mayor of Nürnberg.

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It’s rumored that the circular-patterned windows on the second floor are “lunar glass panes” from Venice. Appararently the castle is open every first Sunday or by appointment with Rotraut, the existing baroness, administering the cultural heritage of the Stromer holdings.

More photos can be found in 2013.05.01 Nürnberg.

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PS: Nürnberg is the same as Nuernberg or Nuremberg. The letter “u” translates to “ue” and “ß” to “ss” if German characters aren’t available.

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