DŰRNSTEIN CASTLE


Pics I took in 1981.

This is where Leopold V of Austria had imprisoned Richard the Lionhearted after their dispute on the Third Crusade.  The castle was reduced to near-rubble by the Swedes in 1645.

Of note, Swedish troops had cut such a wide swath through Central Europe during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) that the Germans still have a saying to describe a total mess: “It looks as though the Swedes had been here.”  (Es sieht aus, als ob die Schweden hier waren.)

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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