Thursday, March 22, 2012

Windeck Ruins


















After we returned from Cologne last weekend, we drove out to Weinheim to visit the city's two castles (other coming soon).  The Windeck ruins are actually in pretty decent shape, and inside the castle's shell is an adorable little restaurant (which hadn't opened yet when we were there).  Brinks came along for this trip. He seemed pleased about it.

Wikipedia says:  "Windeck Castle (German: Burg Windeck) stands on a small hill in Weinheim on the Bergstraße. It was built around 1100 to protect the inhabitants of the Lorsch monastery. It was hugely damaged in 1674 by the troops of King Louis XIV of France. In 1960, the ruins were restored, the palace walls newly erected and the donjon safeguarded. It was acquired in 1978 by the city of Weinheim. In the 1980s, archaeological examinations and conservation works were carried out, and the ground plan was found, which gave an idea of the dimensions of the fortress. Today, the ruins of a fortress Windeck are classified as a historical monument. A beer garden operates on its premises."

4 comments:

  1. great pictures! and that history is really interesting. it's amazing that things (or even parts of them) from 1100 are still standing. i can barely even imagine that far back.

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    1. Thanks! I feel the same way...it's part of why we've been to see more ruins than palaces/fully intact castles. The ruins feel so much more ancient.

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  2. Oh I LOVED these!! The ruins I bet are so interesting.... and Brinks is getting HUGE! Cute shots!

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    1. Thanks! The ruins are my favorite thing about Germany, I think. Lots of times you can just walk up and explore them for free...which really blows my mind.

      At this set, you can see everything but the tower for free, and it was closed for some reason while we were there. Thankfully there was still an awesome overlook, so we didn't miss the view of the city below.

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