A Peek into A Fairy Tale Castle in Beočin in Serbia

Jan 28, 2017 · 4 min read

Once upon a time in a small town called Beočin (Serbia) was a fairy tale castle, which today is no more than an empty shell overgrown in vegetation and real post apocalyptic sight.

The castle that was built in 1898 for Spitzer family, is the work of renowned Hungarian architect Imre Šteindl and is in his trademark mysterious neo-gothic style. This castle has a turbulent history and has witnessed the change of several owners, who put them different use- from family estate to a restaurant. But believe me when I say this that this is a location that will drive wild your imagination.

Spitzer Castle

Spitzer Castle in Beočin

The adventure seeker in us, compelled us to visit this spellbinding site and now we can’t resist sharing our impressions with you all. We had heard several tales about this enchanting castle and so we decided to not only explore it but also conduct a photoshoot in order to take our readers on a virtual tour of the place.

Our expedition started on a fun note when we had to squeeze our way through an opening we found amidst a thorny bushing and a decrepit fence. As soon as we stepped inside, we were engulfed by an eerie calm and it seemed to us like a real ghost castle. The castle was in a complete tumbledown state, with its broken windows and knocked down doors, its walls covered in graffiti and the only sign of its rich heritage visible in some of the preserved ornaments.

In main room, the whole roof lay on the floor, and it reminded me of a scene from Alice in wonderland. The sun rays forced their way in through stained glassed, managing to create a mystic atmosphere. The castle had indeed seen better days and I felt that somewhere between the ruins lay a diamond in rough, waiting to be discovered. And though there were numerous attempts to revive the castle, somehow no one has really managed to bring it back to its former glory and I sincerely hope that someone will have the heart (and the money) to reconstruct this hidden jewel and help protect this monument from disappearing into oblivion.

Like every castle from fairy tale, this one had a princess too and I wonder how it was for little Flora Spitzer as a child when she vivaciously roamed around these fascinating corridors?

“Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.”

– Haruki Murakami

Maja and Boris are a young married couple from Belgrade, who are seeking to capture the cosmopolitan spirit wherever they go… The love capturing their travel memoirs through the use of photography, words, videos or sometime just memories.

They started taking photos 4 years ago with motivation from their friends and since then photography has changed their perspective and opened their minds to fashion, crafts and painting.
Maja and Boris are always in constant search for inspiration from the outside world.

Read more about their expeditions at https://mycosmosoul.com/

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