I don't say that to suggest that their quality or the creativity behind them are inferior in any way. In fact, I admire the simplicity of the show even more having seen the basic nature of these Neighborhood landmarks.
Commenting that the castle itself was a little shorter than I had envisioned, I was told that it was set up on a riser when it was on the set which added about another twelve inches to its height.
Through the image below, you can see into the area where the puppeteers would have worked.
Similar to the first photo in this series, the one below shows the castle from above giving a glimpse of the upper platforms.
Most interesting of all, of course, is seeing the side of the castle never shown on camera.
Next up, the Eiffel Tower...
PLEASE NOTE: While WQED will occasionally open its doors to the public, at this time WQED and the Fred Rogers Company do not provide public tours. Please do not interpret this or any other blog posts as an open invitation to contact them with such a request.