Today's post is a bit of a throwback - at least for me as it has actually been almost three years since I visited the Festung Dömitz. Festung means fortress in English and, truth be told, I don't find fortresses the most fascinating of stuctures. (In case you hadn't noticed yet, Baroque and Rococo are way more up my alley.) But when I'm in a region, I hardly pass up the chance to visit any historical structure.
The Festung Dömitz is a bastion fort located on the banks of the Elbe, one of the major rivers of Central Europe that has always been one of the greatest natural divisions in what is now Germany. Already between 1559 and 1565, Duke Johann Albrecht I of Mecklenburg-Güstrow built the fort to secure Mecklenburg's south-western border. It was built on the site of an older fort, which had been built in the 13th century. The Duke commissioned Italian military engineer Francesco a Bornau to draw up plans for the fortress that would become the largest and strongest in all of Mecklenburg.
Good to know:
The Festung Dömitz is open to visitors between May 1 and October 3, Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10am to 6pm; between October 4 and October 31, Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays from 10am to 4.30pm; as well as between November 1 and April 30, Tuesdays to Sundays between 12pm and 4pm. Admission per adult is 5,50 euros. For more information, have a look here.