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Mondstadt: Mondwasser castle
Schloss Mondwasser, a fictitious Swiss castle in a lake
About this creation
This is Schloss Mondwasser (Moonwater castle), a fictitious late 13th century castle located in the lake Mondwasser in Switzerland, close to the village Mondstadt (Moontown).

Built: summer and autumn 2006
Status: intact (2009-09-04)
Data: 19 beds, 20 human inhabitants, 4 horses, 2 gates, 2 wells, 2 privys, 1 kitchen, 1 blacksmith's workshop

(This page was accidentaly removed and recreated March 6, 2007; average grade just before this incident was 3,5 after 19 votes.)

Read more at the bottom of this page!

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Here is a drawing of the first levels:

Join me on a tour if you like!

The gateway has a working drawbridge, working portcullis which can be swiftly lowered and inner gates:

We turn to the left and follow a gondola to the harbour...

...where a small secondary gate can be seen.

The secondary gate (behind the guard) leads to the keep (donjon). The keep can only be reached from a gate at the parapet, and from the secondary gate by the harbour:

While we walk past the keep, let us have a look inside, where the housewife awaits the return of her husband:

The gardener is watering the plants:

To the left on this view, the prison tower is visible:

There are three levels inside. The upper part of the entrance to the dungeon is visible below the ladder in the middle:

We can not cross the moat easily and the drawbridge has been raised (by the way, there is no nice place to stay below this privy):

Let us go back and into the courtyard. The blacksmith is busy hammering axes, and the lord of the castle, Wilhelm von Mondwasser, has returned:

The blacksmith and the gardener have their beds in the attics:

The troop room and its corridor can be reached from the stairs from the courtyard. Through a corridor in the outer wall, troops are able to swiftly reach the ladder to the top of the prison tower:

Inside the troop room:

Below the troop room there is a well (the other well is in the keep).

The castle's kitchen is visible to the right of the stairs:

If we walk the stairs and the parapet, we will reach the gate tower and the machinery for the drawbridge and the bars:

Let us walk the parapet above the quay...

...and finish our guided tour with a meal in the keep:

Description and design considerations

I have tried to give this castle as solid an impression as possible. Thus, there are no thin wall elements, and there is just one prefabricated arch (in the keep). The window in it makes it more realistic. There are plates instead of ordinary bricks on top of all door openings (and window openings if needed) to safeguard the "solidity". In this way, no bricks are "open" downwards and thus their hollow interior is not exposed.

Household. The garrison is big enough to cover all approaches simultaneously. Six soldiers and knights live in the keep. Three of them should be awake in case of immediate danger. There are beds for eight soldiers and officers in the troop room. Four of them may sleep, and four are required to guard the rest of the castle: two in the gate tower to guard the moat and (if needed) operate the machinery, one in the prison tower to secure it and its flank, and one officer to coordinate the soldiers and patrol the parapet, the towers and the main gate. The gardener and the blacksmith can support the knights and soldiers if needed. The rest of the household is provided for by two kitchen-maids. Their bedstead recess is built into the kitchen. The castle lord and his wife live in a small apartment in the keep. They plan and direct the operations of the troops and the household, which includes four horses. If needed, up to four more horses and at least half a dozen more men can be provided for in terms of food and space. Cold as well as dry storage facilities can be found in the keep, between the inner and outer walls and in the attics. The prison can hold at least two maximum security internees (e.g. VIPs captured in a battle).

Defences. The walls are (from a minifig perspective) well six meters (at least 18 feet) high and mainly not less than a metre (three studs) thick. Two loopholes in the keep and one in the prison tower cover three of the walls. The rest of the castle can be secured and defended from the crenellations (including the two openings in the wall surrounding the machinery on top of the gate tower), a small platform behind the top of the front wall of the gate tower, the openings of the keep and even from the lavatories. To make it a little more difficult for boats to approach the castle swiftly from the lake, thick poles have been driven into its bottom. A drawbridge makes the moat a valuable complementary line of defence. The portcullis can be lowered swiftly by gravity.

Additional features. There are drainpipes in the walls and in the courtyard close to the inner gate. Fresh vegetables can be taken from a small garden.

Setting. This castle is perhaps located in a lake in a forest region in Switzerland about AD 1300. Peasants, burghers and local noblemen resist the Habsburgs and feudal lords. The castle's knights on occasion support halbardiers and a few crossbowmen and archers from a nearby village, one of the castle's sources of supply.

Reviews written before March 6, 2007 (when this page was recreated)

Ruud Stam (from between my ears, behind my eyes) January 17, 2007
as a native of switzerland, i think this castle is great, so great in fact that i think you ought to attempt to rebuild a real swiss castle. you've certainly proven you're capable with this fantastic model.

Adrian Leuenberger (from Switzerland) December 22, 2006
excellent! whats the name of the castle? Halwil?


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  January 22, 2012
It's great that you wrote a lot about all the details. It really brings this model to life, and just shows how much thought you have put into this. Still I'm glad to have seen the real thing, because even pictures do not say it all.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2010
I love it!!! this is a great castle! good detail!
 I like it 
  March 7, 2007
good job. keep it up son.
 I like it 
  March 6, 2007
The size is kinda small and cramped such as in the courtyard, but that's quite understandable since it's Lego and parts aren't in the largest supply. You mention a great many details, but I wasn't able to see them all, So I'm going to have to take another look. Great Castle!!
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