CnP: Was the castle in a bad shape when you started the restoration works?
NS: We were literally shocked by what we saw here! Shattered glass, broken toilet bowls, dirty and stained mattresses, mice sneaking all around the place. Imagine this happening at a very old Teutonic castle! We come from Belgorod, the oldest building there is hardly 75 years old. And here we have an old castle in such a bad state, it was hard to put up with it. When we started clearing off the rubbish we saw some construction waste, bottles, broken glass and what's left of Happy Birthday balloons! The castle is 750 years old and we thought that it just couldn't be its "grand finale"! It was terrible, absolutely terrible!