Category: Castles & Palaces

Burg Eltz: Medieval Beauty that has Stayed in One Family for 33 Generations

Burg Eltz: Medieval Beauty that has Stayed in One Family for 33 Generations

| October 8, 2014 | Reply

Surrounded by woods in a hidden valley, with a foundation carved directly into a large oval rock, sits Burg Eltz, a castle still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there 33 generations ago.  It has never been destroyed. We walked the 1.3 km footpath to the castle.  Not knowing where the castle sat, we […]

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Spooky Burg Frankenstein

Spooky Burg Frankenstein

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

Are you looking for some spook as Halloween approaches?  Everyone has heard of Frankenstein’s monster.  Well, just south of Darmstadt, Germany sits Burg Frankenstein (“Frankenstein’s castle”).  The castle boasts connections with Mary Shelley.  Whether these alleged connections to the castle are true or not, some of the links are verifiable: 1) Shelley was the stepdaughter of the […]

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Schloss Johannisburg: Post-War Reconstruction at its Finest

Schloss Johannisburg: Post-War Reconstruction at its Finest

| September 22, 2014 | Reply

Schloss Johannisburg, erected in the early 1600’s, overlooks the river Main from its place in a small hook at the tip of Bavaria, in the city of Aschaffenburg.  It was nearly destroyed in WWII, but has since been magnificently restored.  Inside the museum, you can check out models, photographs, and sketches of the palace in its different states.   […]

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Schloss Auerbach in the Rain

Schloss Auerbach in the Rain

| September 17, 2014 | Reply

One rainy day when Sequoia and I had to kill some time, we stopped by the ruins of Schloss Auerbach.  The ruins sit atop a hill in the Odenwald, just off the Autobahn.   The ruins are not robust, but there are a few little details that will keep a child interested as you explore the grounds. […]

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Hiking around Burg Breuberg

Hiking around Burg Breuberg

| September 8, 2014 | Reply

Burg Breuberg: “Burg-Breuberg-Weg-Hoch über der Mümling” Difficulty: Easy Distance: Broken into 3 loops (Loop 1:   2.1 km;  Loop 2:   2.0 km;  Loop 3:   3.8 km) as shown on sign above Trail marker: Black S3 Starting point: According to the booklet, it’s the Parkplatz Gustavsruhe, Burgweg, 64747 Breuberg.  This wasn’t in our GPS, so […]

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The Tunnels, Nooks, and Crannies of Burg Rheinfels

The Tunnels, Nooks, and Crannies of Burg Rheinfels

| September 7, 2014 | Reply

Not a month after my first visit to Burg Rheinfels, I returned with my daughter for a second visit because it was just that cool.  With its tunnels and towers, it quickly became my number one for most *fun* castle to visit, and my top recommendation for castle-loving families within two hours of the Rheingau. Rheinfels sits atop […]

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