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Published: December 27th 2006
On a crisp fall day.
The colors of autumn were brilliant and blazing, so we drove out of the city and, despite the constant rain and fog, managed to document a vague representation of the glorious German countryside. It was 53°F / 12°C as we headed out towards Mannheim and into the Naturpark Odenwald. Here we stopped along the roadside to photograph the woods, and my husband’s car. The colors were amazing and overwhelming, and we would have stayed longer but for the cold rain. We were a little disturbed by the empty bus that nearly ran me down to pull off the road in front of us, and mused a bit on the bus driver who was taking a nap during his bus route #666. Then we got back on the road and, seeing a castle in the distance, weaved our way through the town to it.
Burg Lindenfels is named for the town of Lindenfels which is, in turn, named for the Linden trees in the area. Though there was an earlier structure on this spot, the present castle was begun in the 11th century. The ruination is apparently attributed to the 30 Years War.
The castle has fabulous views of the
surrounding valley (this seems to be a trait with German castles…) though, of course, my little camera had a hard time showing this through the rain. The colorful foliage made it a delight to walk the grounds, doing nothing but taking everything in. But then, that’s what these little trips are all about.
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