Germany’s Castle Route

View of Bad Wimpfen old quarters from the Blauer Turm. Taken with an Olympus 450 with Pop-Art effect.

View of Bad Wimpfen old quarters from the Blauer Turm. Taken with an Olympus 450 with Pop-Art effect.

Germany’s Castle Route is a picturesque exploration of a selection of charming towns and villages. Coming from urban Singapore, the rural landscape was an idyllic change, with wide open spaces, cows, horses, relaxed people quaffing beer, village fetes and not to forget, lots of ice cream and sausages.

The route took us from Frankfurt airport to Weinheim, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Schriesheim, Laudenbach, Neckarsteinbach, Mosbach, Bad Wimpfen, Heilbronn, Weinsberg, Kirchberg, Weiler, Schonach, Rothenburg, Nuremburg, Bayreuth, all the way to Prague in the  Czech Republic. Yes I know, a lot of small towns but each was charming in its own way.

Roses by the road, with the Blauer Turm in the background. Taken with an Olympus E5

Roses by the road, with the Blauer Turm in the background. Taken with an Olympus E5.

People were very friendly and jolly, there were beautiful roses blooming everywhere (it was summer) and all the half-timbered houses started to blend into each other.

For the car buffs, there were plenty of gorgeous BMWs, Audis and Mercedes zooming past us on the highways. And of course being the castle route there were castles along the way, some of them barely a few remnants of stone. The more memorable ones were at Heidelberg and Prague.

Sexy Benzs all splayed out at Ladenburg under the fantastic sunny weather.

Sexy Benzs all splayed out at Ladenburg under the fantastic sunny weather.

I found Rothenburg a really interesting town. There were a lot of quirky museums including a gruesome Kriminalmuseum exhibiting torture instruments. There seemed to be an awful lot of punishments for quarrelsome and talkative women! There was also a Christmas museum with a huge shop. I’d never seen so many Xmas ornaments in my life!

No trip would be complete without a visit to the zoo for the kids. The Frankfurt zoo had an impressive primate enclosure and a really fun playground. There were also 2 really cute tiger cubs.

If you would like to find out more, check out this website.

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