Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Windsor Castle is a medieval fortress located in Windsor, Berkshire in the United Kingdom; this is one of the British Royal family residences where there are more than 500 people who live and work there. This is a real example of English Gothic architecture. Built in the XI century and designed to ensure the Norman domination on the outskirts of London and control a strategic portion of the Thames. Each king who lived, made changes to the palace. It was reinforced with stone walls; Henry III built a luxurious palace inside. The castle is also used for diplomatic meetings. There are more than 1,000 rooms in an area of 52,000 square meters with different styles: medieval, Gothic, Georgian, Victorian and modern. There is the tower atop the castle mound that has also changed during the years and is home to the royal archives. The upper part of the castle has several buildings that form a central courtyard which is bounded by the state apartments monitoring of private apartments, the door George I and Edward III Tower. Each state apartment has a different style furniture and decoration. In the north side of the lower part, there is the official St Georges Chapel, Order of the Garter, being a royal necropolis too. Today Windsor is the favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth II as well as a tourist attraction.

Tips

You can get there by train from Paddington or Waterloo stations.
For a detailed idea of your visit, it is best that you check on their website because the spaces to visit will depend on availability.
St George’s Chapel welcome those who want to attend Sunday services, this day the public visiting is not available.
The entry is free for children under 5 years and there is also the possibility of a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children). On days when the state apartment are closed, the entry price is reduced to almost half. The group rate is possible with 15 people or more.

Juliet’s house, Verona, Veneto, Italy

Juliet’s house is a museum in a XII century building where they reconstructed the famous balcony, located near the historic center of Verona, Veneto, Italy. This house and balcony became famous thanks to the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, published in 1597. This house was built by the Dal Cappello family and we can see their carved coat of arms on the keystone of the arch internal court. This tragedy was located in Verona and from that moment, the city was considered one og the most romantic cities in the world and it was also called ‘the city of lovers of Verona’. From the nineteenth century, a legend takes place and the building was considered the house where lived Juliette Capulet, where his beloved Romeo Montescchi had declared his love at the foot of the balcony. From 1905, the building was converted into a museum and became a major tourist attraction. The historian Antonio Avena has the house restored completely between 1936 and 1940 and they add the balcony to the facade of the inner courtyard. Here you will find 16th and 17th century furniture, paintings and engravings showing the history of Romeo and Juliet, Renaissance ceramics and the costumes for Franco Zeffirelli’s film Romeo and Juliet (1968). The bronze statue of Juliet, made by Nereo Constantini, is at the end of the courtyard. There are walls covered with love vows and multicolored graffiti left by lovers at the entrance of the building.

Tips

If you want to take a picture with the statue of Juliet, go as early as possible because it is almost always full of public. If you want to leave your message or make a graffiti, you should do the same.

There is a tradition that says the statue of Juliet, gives good luck to lovers, you must touch the right breast.

The Dachau camp, Germany

The Dachau camp was the first concentration camp set up by the Nazi regime. It was located on the site of a former munitions factory 17 km northwest of Munich. On March 20th, 1933, Heinrich Himmler announced his opening and the next day, prisoners were brought there. First it was the place where they sent the political opponents and after for the Jews of Bavaria and Soviet prisoners of war. Theodor Eicke was his chief inspector. There were 34 barracks. The living conditions of the prisoners were extremely harsh. When the prisoners were sick; they were transferred to Hartheim Castle and thousands were murdered by gas. The authorization to erect a chapel was due to the arrival of many prisoners who were members of the clergy; mostly German and Polish priests (1940). These inmates were separated from each other and treated differently. In 1944, a women’s camp was opened. On April 29th, 1945 the Americans liberate the camp. René Lévesque (former Premier of Quebec), was the war correspondent who accompanied the first American patrol who discovered the camp. Several famous prisoners have been in this camp like the royal family of Bavaria, the dukes of Hohenberg, the journalist Fritz Gerlich among others.

Tips

It is not necessary to make a reservation to visit the memorial and the entry is free but if you go by car, parking is not free.

It is open every day from 9am to 5pm except on December 24th.

You can also arrive by public transport and take a bus from the local train station.