Places To Visit

Burg Kronberg – Gift to the Empress

Burg Kronberg was founded in the 12th century but was partially destroyed during the bombing of 1943. It was reconstructed though in a simplified version. There are only three main buildings today. You can climb the tower if you like, but we decided not to do it because it was so hot that day. The [read more]

Albertine Agnes of Nassau

Schloss Oranienstein – Traces of Nassau princesses

Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau moved with her six unmarried daughters – one daughter had married 1708 – to Diez, where she had Schloss Oranienstein renovated. The Schloss had been built by her mother-in-law, Albertine Agnes of Nassau on the ruins of Dierstein Abbey. Albertine Agnes was born in The Hague on 9 April 1634 as [read more]

Caroline Reuss of Greiz

Schloss Bückeburg – A most unhappy marriage

While doing research for my next book, I stumbled upon a wedding that took place at Schloss Bückeburg, between Princess Caroline Reuss of Greiz and Wilhelm Ernst, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Their wedding took place there as the young woman’s parents had passed and she was under the guardianship of her maternal uncle, Georg, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, who happened [read more]