Old places have always fascinated me. In the States, we have a very short history in comparison, so the amazing and rich history here in Europe amazes me. Even in the small towns and villages, you can find smaller “castles” and places to explore that hold amazing stories that date back far into history. When I visit these places my imagination runs wild and I try to envision what it might have been like in its prime.
With that said, you can be sure that castle ruins are something high on my list. While my friend Kat was visiting I wanted to make sure to take her to at least one castle ruin and Flossenburg fit perfectly into our plans.
We wanted to try and hike up for the sunset. The problem is that during the winter sunset is EARLY here in Bavaria. So we got a bit of a late start and had to book it up the mountain once we arrived. You can see more in my vlog for the day here:
But we did manage to see the last of the sunset from the top.
Flossenburg truly does reach back into history. The site was originally used as the Hohenstaufen‘s stronghold in the mid 900’s – yeah, just 3 digits. This was the middle ages dynasty of kings in Germany. Later in the 1700’s, it fell into the hands of the duchy of Neuburg-Sulzbach.
We climbed to the top of the highest tower that was left to get an even better view. The stairs have been worn from year and years of use. It is amazing to think about how many people have walked those stairs through the years.
Making our way back down slowly, careful not to slip on the ice, we enjoyed taking in the amazing rock work and architecture. I wish it was more than ruins, but I still think it is amazing to walk through.
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