Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Drachenburg Castle, A Fairy Tale on the Rhine.
Schloss Drachenburg (or Drachenburg Castle), a fairy tale of a mansion in the hills above Germany's Rhine River. Unlike the gilded palaces of the posts below, this late nineteenth century castle is characterized by cozy, dark wood paneling and medieval-influenced decoration. With sweeping views of the town of Konigswinter, the residence has lived many lives, starting as one man's dream home and transforming into a summer resort, a convalescence home, a Catholic boys' boarding school, a Nazi school, a WWII U.S. army shelter, a railroad conductor training center, and, finally, a historic monument open to the public.
One wonders at the stories that might be told by the painted kings below, if only walls could talk...