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Lost and forgotten photos from the past



Alan’s prompt this week suggested castles and monuments. These photographs of Füssen in Bavaria, Germany I think fit the bill quite nicely.


Photographer: L. Schradler

Füssen is central to the famous Bavarian castles and the gorgeous Neuschwanstein Castle is just a short bus ride away from town. Because of this, it is a little difficult to find photographs within the town because so many travel photos show the traveler posed with Neuschwanstein in the background “while at Füssen.” It is also possible these photos do not depict monuments within the town, but instead something from a local castle. The town has a long history, dating back to the Roman times. Their patron saint is St. Mang, and his remains were once buried in Füssen, but have since disappeared.

While I have searched every different way I could think of, I could not find any photographs that came close to matching these to provide an identification. Granted, these photos are greater than one hundred years old and things have surely changed over time, but that domed building at the top of a flight of steps seems like it ought to look similar today. Perhaps one of our better travelled visitors can lend some insight.

Monument 2

Translation please…

Can you read and translate the words center bottom? Please comment and let us know what it says. My guess is something along the lines of “negatives preserved” or “artistic landscape photography.”

Take a tour of the castle

14 thoughts on “Monumental

  1. gluepot says:

    Intriguing – that must be quite a substantial garden, and I think the white building is probably some kind of summer house or folly.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Thanks to anyjazz below, it’s a moorish kiosk built in the 1860s for the Parisian exhibition, later moved by King Ludwig. I love the internet!!


  2. Nigel Aspdin (Derby, UK) says:

    Vervielfältigungen = Duplication
    Vorbehalten = Reserved

    Copying forbidden….Copyright

    No….I don’t speak German….I just Google and Wiki !


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    Ludwig Schradler (1830–1916) most likely took these photos c. 1890.


  4. anyjazz says:

    Real treasures! A good rescue!

    The domed kiosk is here: http://www.schlosslinderhof.de/englisch/park/pict07.htm
    And there are several photograph of it on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/striderv/5827930113/

    The sculpture garden is apparently this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sshb/533745880/
    And this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marjan78/6905170576/
    I found several photographs of it on Flickr but they are usually from the opposite angle.
    Schloß Linderhof


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Oh excellent detective work! Thank you for the links, they show the grounds are just lovely still.


  5. Little Nell says:

    IIt’s always interesting when fellow contibutors kindly follow-up and add details like this. Bang on theme.


  6. An interesting building. This was the Prussian contribution to a Paris exhibition in 1867. The Franco-Prussian War was in 1870 and Ludwig II was from Bavaria. There’s probably more to the politics of this fantasy park.


  7. Sharon says:

    When we were in Germany, we visited several castles. The two that made the biggest impression on me were both King Ludwig II’s. The exterior of Neuschwanstein and the interior of Herrenchiemsee


  8. Boobook says:

    Surely someone will be able to identify place for you.


  9. ScotSue says:

    I have very fond memories of a visit to Fussen and Neuschwanstein and other Bavarian castles. I looked up my German dictionary (before I saw Nigel’s reply) .and it gives virtually the same translation.


  10. Bob Scotney says:

    Although I have been to Germany quite often I never got to see any castles. It looks as though I have missed out


  11. Kathy says:

    Isn’t Sepia Saturday great!


  12. What an interesting little Moorish style building. I wonder what it was used for. They always had some use for these little out of the way places. I’m doubting it was a granny unit.

    Germany does have some fine and interesting castles.


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