When I’m in Europe, I can’t help but oooh and aaah every time I drive past a castle.
For Europeans, it seems so normal to see fortresses and castles in the backdrops of cities. But for me, it is definitely still a novelty. There is something very magical about castles to me and I was super excited to visit Burg Hohenzollern – a Swabian castle not far from Stuttgart in the south of Germany.
We made a day trip out of it with Danny and two of his physicist friends. Luckily for me, we made it through the castle grounds without discussing any Quantum Field Theory (heck, I don’t even know what a quark is!) and instead talking about languages, German history and the never-ending search for a fulfilling career.
… See what I mean about being giddy with excitement at the thought of a castle?!
After a brief hike up the hill, we arrived at the grand and impeccably constructed neo-Gotchic castle.
If it looks too good to be an old castle, then there is a good reason. Whilst the first castle complex on these grounds dates back to the 11th century, it has been destroyed a few times and the castle that exists today was only constructed in 1850.
As you climb to the top of the castle, you can see gorgeous views of the Swabian countryside.
After the hike up here, we definitely deserved some lunch.
Currywurst and pommes frites. A proper German meal, if you ask me!
Followed by dessert, obviously.
Our day had started off with beautiful sunny weather, but as usual in Germany, the skies turned grey and it started to rain.
It was a good excuse to hurry inside and explore the rooms of the castle. We wandered around at our own leisure. You’re not meant to take photos inside … but I did anyway (such a bad ass, right?!) so you can get a glimpse of how detailed the rooms are.
And here is the most complicated family tree I’ve ever seen.
We waited for the rain to stop before venturing outside again.
By the way, Danny has become quite the pro at posing for photos. He has even started to give modelling advice to others…
Do they look like Swabian princes of the 21st century? 😉
Here are statues of the real ones to compare with.
It was a brilliant way to spend a Sunday in the south of Germany. A little of bit of sightseeing, history, walking and food all tied in together. Just the way I like it!
We walked down the hill again and drove back home (that is, to Danny’s home in Tubingen). A big thunderstorm was about to hit, but not before we could enjoy this remarkable view one more time.