Traveling to ancient places, things to know!

Taking a trip to visit historical sites, archaeological ruins or sites protected by international organizations such as UNESCO is not the same as taking a walk through a common museum. There are some tips that can improve your experience when visiting ancient places.

          

First, find out the rules of the site.

 

They generally consist of measures to preserve the monument or the artifacts present; not to touch, stay in an area enabled for tourists and take pictures without camera flash. Needless to say, you should not leave garbage or clutter in your path through ancient places

 

Avoid the Crowds

          

Then, it is recommended that you avoid the crowds so that you enjoy your stay to the fullest. Plan your visit in the hours of little visitors influx and in seasons of little visit of tourists if possible. Many historical sites have websites where you can check this information and use it to organize your visit in the best possible way. You should also plan the places you do not want to miss and make sure those attractions will be available during your visit.

         

You must also take into account the balance between budget and comfort. You can usually pay for services that guide your visit, such as bus tours and tour guides, although sometimes these options limit your visit to their established itinerary. If you cannot afford the perfect trip you may have to walk for many hours or make long lines, but that allows you to arrange your trip according to your personal preferences. In any case, pack water and snacks to minimize expenses and prepare to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Be patient and remember you have a reason to be there: experience a special place and have some fun.

    

Do not be scared if the plan changes

      

Finally, do not be scared if the plan changes. Accidents happen and the only way they do not ruin your visit to an ancient place is that you prepare in advance. Keep your cell phone always charged (and if possible with internet connection) and have basic emergency numbers such as police and health services at hand; in addition to contacts with your hotel and your insurance if you are far away from home. Never forget your ID and some cash in case you need to solve an emergency. If you want to be even more cautious, have on hand service numbers like the ones offered by www.towtrucklexington.com, always ready to help you if you have an accident with your car or motorcycle.

 

Travelers and tourists come and go, but these outstanding places stay so keep in mind that the most important thing about visiting an ancient place is that you enjoy respecting the rules, so that in the future other people can enjoy a visit like yours. Have fun in the company of those you love and traveled with you or find some travel buddies along the way if you’re traveling alone and create memories that will last a lifetime. Now dare to have an adventure in an ancient place!

Top 3 most beautiful castles in Germany

Castles are the most romantic structures among those built in the past. They have been scenery and source of inspiration for several forms of art, our fascination for them has led us to investigate about their history, purpose, features etc.

 

Castles were usual in the old world and they often were intended to serve as a fortress or refuge for the local rulers, those defensive structures also were symbols of power of the local rulers who built them.

 

Germany

 

Germany is a beautiful and prosper country, member of European Union, this old country is full of ancient history, beautiful places and landscapes, it is a very developed country despite of the fact that they passed through some bad times, they are now an amazing country worth to be visited because both their past and present.

 

As touristic destination, Germany is an ideal place with a nice weather, the best accomodation, stunning landscapes, awesome recreation to be enjoyed and historical places. So, when you plan your trip to Europe don´t forget to visit Germany it will be a wonderful experience.

 

Three beautiful castles in Germany you cannot miss

 

The beauty of German castles is legendary, they actually look like a fairy tale castle, if you go there you will feel transported to ancient times, many of those castles have museums inside with weapons, jewelry and other items from the time the castle was built.

 

1- Neuschwanstein Castle

This lovely castle, which is visited by millions of tourist every year, is probably the most famous german castle, located in South Germany, near the town of Fussen, it was built between the years 1869 and 1892, its beauty inspired the Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, was the king´s summer retreat, it never was a defensive castle, but a place for pleasure.

2- Hohenzollern Castle

This castle is a stunning view for any lucky person who sees it, with an ancient beauty that makes it a place worth to be visited, placed atop Mount Hohenzollern at first it was a fortress built in the early 11th century, it was destroyed on 1423 and then rebuilt, the final castle with its Gothic Revival style was built between 1846 and 1867 and it has a collection of historical items, including the crown of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

 

3- Eltz Castle

It is a beautiful medieval castle placed in the hills above the Moselle River that is still owned by a branch of the same family that used to live there in the 12th century, it is one of the few castles that have never been destroyed and part of it is open to visitors who are  able to see amazing items and the armory with weapons and suits or armor

Iron Bronze Age Castles

Bronze and Iron Ages represent a very important part of our history as human race, they followed the prehistoric age known as Stone Age, and were ages of great progress, people started to live in large and organized communities and used more sophisticated  and strong tools and weapons which made life easier for them.

 

That defined their architecture, because those better weapons represented a major threat for the new communities, so they built fortified refuges, large places with several buildings, strongly defended by walls, ditches, among other defensive methods.

 

From Hillforts to Castles

 

The first fortified and most representative structures of Bronze and Iron Ages were the Hillforts, used as refuges or defended settlements, placed on hills or ground elevations in order to get and extra defense, due the natural advantage of the ground. They were typically European and were the ancestors of the first castles.

 

Hillforts appeared in late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, they were very useful and populars, the archaeologists have discovered over 2000 of them in Britain. They provided shelter to protect people from weather and invasions, and were made of stone, soil and wood, using the new technology given by the tools made of bronze, and later, of steel.

 

Castles of Bronze and Iron Age worth to be seen

 

Some of this castles that remain from that important moment of our ancient history are:

 

  • Maiden Castle, it´s an Iron Age Hillfort located at 2.5 km from the South West of Dorchester in the English county of Dorset. It was built approximately on the year 600 BC. It is the most famous and have been inspiration for artists.

 

  • Daw’s Castle, it´s a sea hillfort located in a harbour town in Somerset, England.

 

  • Cadbury Castle, it’s a Bronze and Iron age hillfort located in the civil parish of South Cadbury in the English County of Somerset.

 

  • Old Castle of Lieto, it’s located in Lieto, Finland, its original name is unknown, it was used in late Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age.

Top three world famous castle doors

When we hear the words “castle door” thoughts of romance, fantasy and adventure come to our minds, that is because of all the stories, novels and films we have seen or read through the years. These edifications are always shown surrounded of that aura of mystery which is favorable to those thoughts, but beyond that aura they had a very serious purpose in the ancient ages.

The castles appeared in the ninth and tenth centuries, were military structures and intended to serve as a fortified residence of the ruling noble or lord of that zone, their main purpose were defensive but they also were used as operation´s base and as a symbol of power of the regent.

The castles were seriously fortified with a series of features and defensive structures like curtain walls, moats, gatehouses, arrow slits (also called balistraria or arrow loop), battlements, just to mention some of them.

 

The gates, giving strength to weakness

Among all those structures and features, one weak part of the defensive system of any castle is the gate, for that reason the nobles or lords in charge of a castle have been very ingenious to provide extra-defense to that part of the castle that allows access to the interior and therefore to the noble who live in it.

In order to strengthen the gates, these were built with several security measures, they were made thick, as much as it was possible, they could have arrow slits, gatehouses, portaillises, flanking towers, down bridges, etc. that’s the reason of so many structures and systems protecting them, and sometimes there were several gates together, one behind the other. All of the above contribute to make gates a fascinant element of any castle.

Top three castle doors

The Kanazawa Castle, it is located in Japan, this castle has three gates that you need to visit if you travel to Japan, they are:

    • Ishikawa Gate, it was built in 1788 and it is one of the few original structures of the castle unlike most of the castle´s buildings which were restored recently, this gate is well known because it is near a famous garden
    • Kahoku Gate, it was restored in 2010 and used to be the castle´s main gate.
    • Hashizume Gate, it was restored in 2015 and is the most elegant of the gates.
    • The Prague Castle, located in Prague, Czech Republic was founded in 870. It has a gate worth to be seen.
    • The Matthias Gate was built in 1614 and owes its name to Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor. It is a gate between the first and second courtyard

 

Hochosterwitz Castle, located in Austria, between the years 1570 and 1586 fourteen gates were built along a path that surrounds the castle in order to protect it, each one of those gates has its own dangerous defense mechanism. The gates are:

Fähnrichtor, Wächtertor, Nautor, Engelstor, Lion Gate, Manntor, Khevenhüllertor, Landschaftstor, Reisertor, Waffentor, Mauertor, Bridge Gate, Church door and Kulmentor.