by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
June 7, 2004
The highlight of the castle is the two story 16th century terra-cotta arcades. Mythological characters, gods, masks and other figures combine to form a whimsical but dramatic guard over the
Most of the castle’s interior is closed to visitors but the small crypt features a ceramic cross and the manneristic gardens are the best place for panoramic views of the castle. Reminiscent of gardens in Loire Valley chateaux, but on a much small scale, the garden was being readied for the summer blooming season and was a peaceful and relaxing place to take a break.
The castle is now used to host traveling exhibits and from 1 May to 1 November 2004 the feature exhibit is the Pyramids of Egypt. It was very well laid out with maps, books, videos and lots of well signed displays that brought the
Valley of the Kings to life. Room after room showcased the various dynasties of Egyptian pharaohs from the Old to the New Kingdom. As well as reliefs from actual tombs and statues from Giza there was a scale model of the pyramids from 4th century. I was surprised to learn that the Nubian Pyramids weren’t reserved just for kings. Those who could afford it also built elegant pyramids, albeit smaller ones, to ensure that they had comforts in their after life.
A couple of other exhibits in the castle seemed to be more or less permanent. One was a collection of toys from the last couple hundred years and although there was no posted English information it was fun to look at displays featuring early mechanical toys, gramophones and games up to modern day dolls and pull toys. The second permanent exhibit was a display of posters and printed information on the various exhibits that have been held at Schallaburg throughout the last 30 years.
Entrance to Schallaburg is 7 euro for adults, 5 for seniors and 3 for students. There is a small gift shop, restaurant and children’s’ play area. The castle is open daily from 9 to 5 on weekdays and 9 to 6 on Saturdays and Sundays. As well as traveling exhibits, the castle hosts special weekend festivals and events throughout the year. To find out what’s on, check their web site at www.schallaburg. at
From journal The A, B, C of Melk