Schloss Auel is a charming Baroque site, which lies in the middle of large grounds with beautiful water lily ponds. Aristocratic families have owned Schloss Auel for centuries. The former moated castle (with Baroque chapel) was first mentioned in documents in 1391, but was still under the ownership of a family from Auel at that time. In 1763 the main building was constructed on the older foundations. Today only the three-winged manor is still standing, the outbuildings were torn down and the moats filled in.
For more than 200 years the palace has been owned by the Barons von la Valette. Nowadays the palace with its hotel and restaurant is somewhere to spend time and a golf course has been built in its grounds. Weddings and christenings take place in the palace chapel.References:
Bamberg is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz close to its confluence with the river Main. Its historic city center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site.
Bamberg is a good example of a central European town with a basically early medieval plan and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval period. When Henry II, Duke of Bavaria, became King of Germany in 1007 he made Bamberg the seat of a bishopric, intended to become a 'second Rome'. Of particular interest is the way in which the present town illustrates the link between agriculture (market gardens and vineyards) and the urban distribution centre.
From the 10th century onwards, Bamberg became an important link with the Slav peoples, especially those of Poland and Pomerania. During its period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th century onwards, the architecture of this town strongly influenced northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century Bamberg was the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and E.T.A. Hoffmann living there.
Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the 'Franconian Rome'.