After our jaunt through the vineyards of the Black Forest in Germany yesterday, today we’re going to meander through the ruins of a medieval castle.
I love how this German castle, like so many others, is perched atop the highest hill, providing commanding views and protection (once upon a time) from invaders.
Although at one time it must’ve been abuzz with activity, now it is a peaceful oasis of leaf-strewn pathways that wend between crumbling walls and deep wells, around dilapidated outbuildings and soaring towers.
It is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.
My German friends and I had such fun moseying along, peering around corners and over walls and craning our necks to see the tops of towers almost disappearing into the trees.
There are perfectly placed benches ideal for resting, looking out over the tree-covered hills, or feeding a hungry baby.
At times we wandered off by ourselves, the thick stone walls and dense forest blotting out the laughter from a nearby cafe.
It felt so restful there, and I would’ve happily spread a blanket on the ground and spent a happy hour stretched out on my back, gazing up at the interplay of ancient stone and new growth.
As the late afternoon sun filtered down through the trees, we packed up our belongings and headed back down the mountain, hoping to have just enough daylight to explore another nearby castle.
Do you like to explore old ruins? If so, which ones are your favorite?