Five European castles to visit and photograph

Hohenzollern Castle, still on my bucket list to visit. Photo by Sandra Ahn Mode on Unsplash

There is something about grand castles that intrigues me. They are impressive, often built on remote locations. They do not look like anything we build today. And they are often great subjects for photography and Instagram.

Here is the list of my personal favorites so far from my own travels across Europe.

Neuschwanstein Castle


Photo by Fernando @dearferdo on Unsplash

During the spring and summer of 2018, I was suffering from long periods of sickness. I had colds, influenza and coughs over and over again. Just bad luck, my doctor told me. Even on my vacation when traveling I was sick. I just had to ride it through I thought. And so I did.

Unfortunately, I developed other more long term symptoms that affected breathing through my nose and swallowing. Nothing serious at all, but my mind got stuck on it. I became more anxious as a result.

My mind spiraled thinking of the symptoms and possible solutions. What if…


Software testing is about finding potential problems before they reach customers so that the customers will have a better experience of a product. This is a short story on how my team changed approach and started to find more bugs.

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I work in a nine people software testing team. We perform end to end testing of a building management system. We use the system as our customers would do, while other teams focusing on developing and testing their functionality and features, that builds up the system.

Where do we come from?

Back in the days, the system testing was coordinated by a very small core…


During the summer of 2018, I visited Vienna, the capital of Austria. It was my first time there and I found some really good photo spots I want to share.

One of the entrances to Ferstel Passage. Photo by Michael Persson, 2018.

One of those photo spots is the Freyung Passage, a.k.a. Ferstel Passage. It is an elegant shopping passage that connects Herrengasse with Freyung, a triangular historic square in the city center of Vienna, Austria.

The passage is located inside the Ferstel Palace, built by the Austrian architect Heinrich von Ferstel 1856–1860. The Palace was built for the Austro-Hungarian National Bank. …


Kiernan Shipka is playing the role of Sabrina Spellman in the TV-series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, now on Netflix.

One day I opened Netflix and something different, yet familiar, caught my eye. Sabrina. Or more correct the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina in the '90s.

We millennials might remember how Melissa Joan Hart portrayed Sabrina Spellman, the teenage witch, in the TV-series with the same name, during the second half of the ’90s.

The story of a 16-year old girl, who just discovered her magic powers, living with her 500-year old aunts Hilda and Zelda. She was also accompanied by Salem, a former wizard wanting to take over the world, now banished to be a…


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In my daily work as a software test engineer, I have to deal with a lot of servers. We test a building management system built up by Linux and Windows servers. One system can consist of approximately 180 Linux servers and 10 or so Windows machines. We have two such systems!

On top of that, we have some physical and virtual machines that we share in the team. Some of them we use for executing automatic tests, others for running specific tools.

For a very long time, we all used Putty and the built-in Windows Remote Desktop program to connect…


A train loaded with cars at Hamburg Altona. Photo by Michael Persson, 2017.

I have always felt that trains and Germany go hand in hand. A few years back a colleague of mine talked about his vacation, how he would bring himself and his family on a trip from Sweden to Italy. Nothing special in that, if not for the family to bring their car — on the train! I was intrigued by this and a few years later I started to plan my own trip which should come to include the car train.

Since I wanted to travel by car, but reach far down in Germany from my starting point in Sweden…


Fairytale vacation or nightmare? This guide will help you.

Neuschwanstein Castle seen from Marienbrücke. Photo by Michael Persson, 2018.

Neuschwanstein. A fairy tale castle hidden away in the Bavarian Alps. Built by King Ludvig II of Bavaria, nicknamed the Mad King. Placed on a cliff, some hundred meters above the small village of Hohenschwangau in southern Germany.

The castle is world-famous and high up on many photographers' bucket lists. Visiting the castle and the fairytale-like surrounding areas is quite an experience if done right. This guide will help you avoid some mistakes and get a pleasant visit.

Where is it? How to get there?

The castle is remotely placed at the foot of the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany, close to the Austrian border. The closest…

Michael Persson

Software test engineer, hobby photographer and gamer

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