Another post from my retro weekend tour of Kleve in Germany a few years ago.
We want to explore the Castle so walk the smaller side streets, making our way up the hill and come out on a small open area near the top.
The Castle stands imposingly to our right, and there is a path that leads all around it.
There is a real mixture of building styles here… that is definiatly in the “top town” also, so this doesn’t have a real historical feel… but since I read on Wikipedia that some 90% of buildings suffered damage in World War Two, it at least accounts for the multiple styles of the local architecture.
It might not be too clear from my photograph, but one of the windows at the bottom of the tower was at eye level, so I took this photo to show just how thick the walls are… the wall continues on the outside, beyond the window sill that I am leaning on, and also continues deep into the room as well (the white bit of the photo on the right)
The Schwanenburg (Swan Castle), where the dukes of Cleves resided, was founded on a steep hill. It is located at the northern terminus of the Kermisdahl where it joins with the Spoykanal, which was previously an important transportation link to the Rhine.
The old castle has a massive tower, the Schwanenturm 55 m (180 feet) high, that is associated in legend with the Knight of the Swan, immortalized in Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.
We weren’t sure if this was a fire escape or a short-cut, but this is one very steep staircase that clings to the hills cliff face.