The Strahlenburg sits high on a hilltop in adorable Schriesheim. Ten months of the year it functions as a restaurant and tourist destination, but in January and February the ruins' interior is closed to visitors. Thankfully there is ample parking, and the pathways in the surrounding vineyard are accessible year round (at your own risk of falling on ice, of course). An outlook in front of the castle provides a beautiful view of the town below, which is much more impressive when it's not blocked by pre-snowstorm fog.
We had a lot of fun wandering around the outside of Strahlenburg, but we can't wait to go back in warmer months to explore inside and climb the tower. (And maybe walk around the town to photograph the gorgeous, colorful little houses.)