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The Rheden family is an old noble family of the Prince-Bishopric of Hildesheim. Firstly mentioned in 1251, they take their name from a tiny village south-west of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony. In the same village, Schloss Rheden is located. The castle was built in 1729 and received its current appearance through renovation works in 1899. Likely through inheritance, the castle ended up in the hands of the Counts of Dohna who still own the estate though it seems that the castle has been converted into a bunch of condominiums.
Good to know:
A golf club including a restaurant is located in one of the castle's outbuildings while the Schloss is privately owned and not visitable.
If you were to compile a list of the modern wonders of the world, it would probably be hard to miss Angkor Wat, the largest temple of the former capital city of the Khmer Empire. When people (including yours truly before her trip) say that they are "visiting Angkor Wat", they really mean that they will be visiting Angkor Archaeological Park. While Angkor Wat is the most famous of all of Angkor's temples, there are hundreds and thousands more scattered in its vicinity, from small ruins to some of the largest temple structures in the world - and even if it means going beyond castles, they are just too impressive to not share them here on Castleholic. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat literally means "Capital Temple", and - measuring 162.6 hectares - Cambodia's national symbol, you may also recognise from the country's flag, is the biggest religious structure in the world. While its sunrise isn't as romantic and breathtaking as usually described (not least due to…
It’s kinda surprising I introduced you to the concept of a Rittergut only about a week ago considering that there are hundreds and thousands of them scattered all over the German countryside. A Rittergut, literally a knight’s estate, were usually and often still are owned by the untitled or occassionally lower titled nobility. Today’s knight’s estate - Rittergut Remeringhausen - owes its existence to the Münchhausen family, you may recall from one of the other times they popped up here on Castleholic.
In 1565, Börries von Münchhausen inherited a feudal estate in Remeringhausen, alongside with another one in nearby Oldendorf, from his father-in-law Claus van Büschen and, in turn, later bequeathed it to his son Ludolph. It was Ludolph who, in 1594, turned the farm run by a serf into an estate run directly for the family and decided to build a manor house to rival other knight's estates.
Only one wing of the Weser-Renaissance-style building dating to the year 1599 remains to his day…
The other night, Netflix suggested me to watch a movie called "A Christmas Prince" and, well, I didn't have much to do, didn't care for anything mind-stimulating and thus did. What I thought of it? It was one of the most ridiculous storylines I have ever seen in a movie dealing with royalty! It, however, tempted me to come up with a list of fictional movies portraying royalty with the most ridiculous and cringe-worthy storylines. Mind you, I will not be including movies dealing with actual current and historical royalty even though those are occasionally pretty ridiculous too. I also asked around on Twitter and got some interesting suggestions, so check those out too. And yes, attention: spoilers ahead!
*** A Christmas Prince
An American reporter goes undercover as a nanny to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, who turns out to be not such a playboy after all but has an evil noble ex-girlfriend who sold stories about him to the papers yet he somehow keeps her a…