Charlotte of Belgium & Bouchout Castle

Bouchout Castle is perhaps best known as the last residence of Charlotte of Belgium, or Empress Carlota of Mexico. It was erected around 1300 by a knight named Daniel van Bouchout. It passed through several families in the 15th and 16th century. It was partly destroyed during the French Revolutionary period. It was restored in [read more]

Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria

Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria & Stolzenfels Castle

The original Stolzenfels castle in Koblenz in Germany was built in the 13th century but it was destroyed by the French in 1689. The ruins of the castle were gifted to the future Frederick William IV of Prussia in 1823 and he had it rebuilt in the current gothic style. Inauguration of the Gothic chapel occurred [read more]