This European castle looks like it belongs in a fairy tale [Amazing Photo of the Day]

Stories of kings, knights, wizards, witches, trolls, golems, elves, goblins… are all lies. Castles, however, aren’t. Although they may not have housed Merlin or the Knights of the Round table, castles are part of history — European history, at least.

The following photograph is of Bojnice Castle located in Bojnice, Slovakia (Europe), and if I do say so myself, it looks like it has been plucked out of a fairy tale. Check it out for yourself:

Can’t you just imagine dragons roaming above this thing?

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  • Patrick

    @Col. Panek:
    My guess is you would like to use it as a walpaper? I don’t know about Win7 or higher, but in XP it’s child’s play to use most picture formats as a wallpaper – you can even play a complete slideshow as screensaver, but that’s another thing.
    If you set a restore point before activating your changes, you should not get into any trouble experimenting with screen settings.
    Put the picture in the (default) My Pictures folder first or in a folder of your own choice. Use Configuration>…>Desktop>Browse… and select the picture you like. Adjust other settings as you please. Confirm your new settings, close other open windows and running applications, and restart your machine. Your castle should pop up with your icons “on top” of it…
    [Sorry if some of the terminology is not 100% conform to the Englisch/USA version of XP, I’m using the Dutch/Netherlands version nowadays. But I have no doubt you understand what I mean]
    For other versions of Windows I can only refer to the Help pages on your system… Shouldn’t be too difficult to find what you’re searching for there.
    For other uses you might need a photo/picture editor. Lots of those around for free… e.g. on this site ;-)
    Good luck & enjoy,

  • Patrick


    1. Sorry, I misspelled mythology” (wrote “myrhology” in stead)
    2. >Who is that?
    Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) — known as H. P. Lovecraft — was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.
    Lovecraft’s guiding aesthetic and philosophical principle was what he termed “cosmicism” or “cosmic horror”, the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally inimical to the interests of humankind. As such, his stories express a profound indifference to human beliefs and affairs. Lovecraft is best known for his Cthulhu Mythos story cycle and the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. [this speedy answer cited from Wikipedia-
    Admittedly a writer who is not well known to the general public but is highly appeciated by those who love the genre. Even famous modern authors implicitly or explicitly refer to his work or that of his “followers”. [Way too much to go into further detail here. is one of the better resources – i.e. better than Wikipedia – but there are many more]

    3. Why my comment?
    On impulse really (triggered by the dragon subscript). And as an invitation to those who are into photo editing. How to translate fiction into images that go deeper than the outer layer of the story itself. To go beyond mere photography (tout court) to express subconscious “emotions”…

    But I have also always liked unmanipulated photographs. I learned “taking pictures” some 40 years ago, when current techniques existed only in the minds of a few pioneers. Photographing required a lot more than pointing at an object, pushing a button and have the machine do it for you – I’m grossly simplifying todays reality, I admit.
    So, to all who submit their work here, I mean no condescension; on the contrary, I’ve enjoyed and appreciate some quite beautiful photo’s.
    Nevertheless technology permits. So why not “create something, before unseen, from the visible reality”?.. Isn’t that one of art’s dimensions?

    Have a nice day,

  • Col. Panek

    @Jeanjean: Everybody has pictures of Neuschwanstein castle.

    What I’d really like is a desktop-sized picture of that Slovakian one.

  • Ashraf

    @tony: You never know… :-)
    @AFPhys: Glad you like it!
    @Patrick: Say what? Who is that?
    @Merlin: o_O +1 for not knowing that — thanks!

  • Thanks Merlin. I didn’t know that.

  • Merlin

    The castle of Neuschwanstein was used in Snow White of the Walt Disney studios.

  • Patrick

    >Can’t you just imagine dragons roaming above this thing?

    Sure I can… but have no time to start editing pictures right now; sorry :-(

    Anybody in for producing some homebrew original artwork based on (e.g.) H.P. LOVERCRAFT?? There’s a lot on the web – mostly old magazine or book covers and the like – but nothing that really catches the cosmic nature of his horror stories, or rather: his cosmic myrhology… Not for me anyway…


  • AFPhys

    I totally love this new feature of yours, Ashraf. The occasional nice photo that you are coming up with always has proved to be a great use of my own bandwidth. Thanks.

  • tony

    Is that the ghost of a long-time ago king there, white, in the middle of the hedge, wearing a crown and a large beard ??

  • Ashraf

    @Jeanjean: The first photo of that castle on that page reminds me of Narnia. Did Narnia have such a castle?
    Thanks Jeanjean!

  • Jeanjean

    What do you think of this one in Bavaria (Germany)?

  • Ashraf

    @Frank: Unsub from the Miscellaneous category.

  • Frank

    Dear Ashraf,

    it’s beautiful and such and I do not say “it’s wrong to post such stuff here” but I’m sayin “I booked a tech blog”.

    So how to opt out from such BS?

    Thank you, Frank