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Castle Rosenburg in Altmhltal Nature Park

Located right in the heart of Bavaria - among Mnchen, Nrnberg, Regensburg and Augsburg - the Altmhltal Nature Park covers an area of 3,000 square kilometres and is one of the largest nature parks in Germany. Nowadays fine palaces, strong castles, elegant churches, convents and monasteries are testimonies to the long history and rich cultural heritage of this region, one of the most beautiful holiday areas in Bavaria. It is common opinion that the idyllic landscape of the Altmhl valley is a "heaven" for cycle lovers, and the Altmhl river with its slow flow is an ideal stream for paddling excursions.

Rosenburg was acquired by the Dukes of Bavaria at the end of the 12th century and from then on remained in the hands of the Wittelsbachs.
The core of this large complex is Romanesque; it was twice destroyed and rebuilt and in 1525 first acquired its present appearance, which is dominated by the residential building in South German Renaissance style with its crow-step gables. Among the highlights is the chapel on the ground floor with wall paintings dating from around 1560.
The castle is now used by a privately run falconry with a Museum of Hunting and Falconry; falconry demonstrations are held in the castle courtyard.

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Additional Photos by Aleksander Liebert (alexlie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 86 N: 775] (5359)
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