Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Neuleiningen and Altleiningen Castle Ruins

We've been to the Neuleiningen Ruins once before, back in January of last year.  We wanted to see them again in warmer weather, but got a little lost along the way.  It turned out to be a good thing, as we happened across the Altleiningen Ruins before we made it to our destination.  I'll take two castles over one any day.  Both castles are named for the family Leiningen.  The prefixes "Neu-" and "Alt-" simply mean "new" and "old" in German.  The Altleiningen Ruins have been converted into a hotel, and the Neuleiningen Ruins are open to visitors (free of charge), and sometimes host plays/events on the stage inside the castle's shell.

First up are the photos of the Altleiningen Ruins:

 




And here are some photos of the sunset and moonrise over Neuleiningen:











3 comments:

  1. you weren't joking when you said you were going to make the most of the rest of your time in germany and see everything you could. on a percentage basis, how many castles do you think you've seen so far out of how many germany has?

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    1. Just wait! We're trying out some new places this weekend, and maybe taking a train to Trier next weekend. ;) We only have 6 months left here (one of which might be spent on leave back home in Kentucky), and I plan to make every day of it count!

      But to answer your question, I don't think we've even seen a tenth of the castles/ruins in Germany. Here is a list of all the castles in just ONE STATE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg

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  2. These are truly, truly beautiful.... wow!!!

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