One of the most beautiful castles in Germany is the castle of Altena. It is perched high above the old city of Altena, and is the highlight of a picturesque location. It owes its international reputation to it being the first youth hostel in the world (!) It was opened in 1914. The rooms are still preserved in its original condition and you can even sample life in a bed of straw, if you feel like it.
During a tour of the castle, you can go on a journey through the history of Sauerlan. You get to see how knights and nobles lived in the Middle Ages, how farmers have lived, why almost any city in the southern county of Mark is equally burned several times and much more. What’s also worth seeing here are the prison and the so-called hole. The origin of proverbs and interesting objects are also explained – they often have their roots in the Middle Ages.
During the tour you get to see sumptuously furnished rooms, where the nobles lived back then and also a large collection of weapons and armor. There are guided tours for groups, in which you may also try on chains, helmets and see the wells.
The touristic appeal of Japan lies not only in its castles and flower storms, but also in the mix of unique practices and Occidental influences. The duality is evident in Tokyo and even in Osaka, which has gained more visitors over the years. A port city, Osaka has retained its 'merchant' status with a battery of retail shops amid an area of cultural interest.
Chateaux served as houses of powerful lords, often of nobility and royalty. Most French castles reek of relevant history and monarchical drama, which makes them more interesting. And though France has moved on from the monarchy with liberté, égalité, fraternité, they remain strong and solid as tourist attractions. Thankfully, Lomographers have been around France and regularly share images of these amazing castles.
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UK based photographer Becky Broodbakker shoots film and manipulates her shots to create eerie images with a fairy tale feel. We lent her a Lomo'instant Wide which she took with her on a day trip to Derbyshire.
The most challenging thing for the creative mind is to materialize ideas. But Isidro Blasco has mastered the art of turning an ambitious concept to a sight worth beholding in "Planets," a series of city sculptures made out of photographs.
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