More Burg

Gentlemen discussing the pros & cons of their respective hat gear

You may by now be thoroughly bored by castles and such, but I took nearly 1000 photos at Burghausen and Landshut, so you better settle in to suffer through a few more. Next up is a look inside the Palas, the main living quarters of the Ducal family.


Over the centuries, the castle of Burghausen has been built, rebuilt, expanded, added onto and repurposed from fortification to Court of the Wittelsbach duchesses – married, abandoned, widowed, cherished, plain or ambitious, this was their home for a few centuries. Over time, the castle also served as a garrison, a prison, and a hunting lodge. Napoleon checked it out too and found it boring. Owing to wars, fires, changing needs, and changing tastes, very little of the original Medieval structure and its furnishings have been preserved. But where ever possible, the presentation of the rooms in this museum is as true to the period shown as is humanly possible. For example, in the 13th century, the hallway above was twice as wide as it is now. More a hall than a corridor yet its present dimensions still allow for an impression of the character and layout of the duke’s private apartment.

The Ducal sleeping chamber was plain and simple. Yet large enough to accommodate a few guards and footmen.
The side windows in these small alcoves in the family apartments were used by sentries to look out over the castle walls. 
An 11 m/36 ft long heroic painting of a battle won – or lost depending on your viewpoint. It is one of three mammoth paintings decorating the walls in this reception hall.
An almost secret little door to the Ducal mezzanine in the St. Elisabeth’s chapel

Stepping back outside into the courtyard, stone walls, nooks, and crannies abound. We were so lucky with this sunny Saturday in an otherwise rainy June!

Finally, we made our way out of the inner keep through the heavily reinforced steel gate and proceed to the Cafe for some badly needed refreshment. BurgHausen.Palas.34-1000879

While relaxing in the café, we observed a somewhat unusual wedding party with a Goth meets Baroque theme. Many of the female guests and the bride were dressed in cheerful black. The Gentlemen had chosen suits or Tracht, many sporting a (hammer or ax or ?) handle dangling on their side, reminiscent of a short sword in the (very) olden days. I suppose they belong to a woodworkers guild, wearing their Sunday best with their insignia.


Back home from the café we parted ways. One of us turning in and taking a nap, the other roaming the castle grounds shooting this and shooting that.


And since this post has been sitting around forever, I better let it go without further ado.






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