Nanstein Castle

5 Nov

This week we took advantage of some lovely fall weather and drove to an area about an hour or so outside of Frankfurt called Landstuhl.  There we had lunch and then visited the Nanstein Castle.  The first legal reference to the castle in a document was in 1189, but it is said to be older than that.  Pretty impressive.  Of course it’s not fully intact anymore but there have been restoration efforts throughout the years and those are ongoing.  It’s situated on beautiful grounds and there is an amazing view down into the town of Landstuhl.  In fact there is a little restaurant there with a beautiful view which we plan to visit again in the summer.

It’s sort of amazing to walk through a place like this and think about the people who were living there and what their life was actually like.  Despite the grandeur and luxury we associate with castles, that had to be a rough life!  What was Franz Sickingen (the last lord of the castle who actually died defending it) like?  Did he have a sense of humor?  Did he have time to have a sense of humor?  I mean, thinking about what life in general was like in the 1500’s (when he lived) is crazy enough but then adding the responsibility of protecting a town.  Wow, that’s intense.  Anyway, enough rambling…these are the things I thought about as I walked through the castle.

part of the front of the castle

side view of the front...to the left is the little restaurant I mentioned

Quinn and I in a little nook...doorway to an area in the front portion of the ruins

sign showing all the important points in and around the castle

pretty view...this was a great time to walk the grounds, leaves were gorgeous

statue of Franz Sickingen

Joe and Quinn...couldn't get Quinn to look at the camera!

 

I'm pretty sure that's a room you didn't want to be spending time in...looks like a torture chamber (not that I really know what that looks like).

Red rover, red rover send Franz Sickengen right over...

You can see the town below here...

I love this view

Quinn loves castles!

Another scary room

very old stone carving

View into Landstuhl from the base of the castle

Another view from base of castle...where the restaurant sits

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4 Responses to “Nanstein Castle”

  1. Heather November 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    OMG! I love your hair!! I know it has nothing to do with the castle
    but is it darker??? Super cute!!

    • Rachael November 6, 2010 at 6:27 am #

      Haha, yes I guess it is…sort of unintentionally. I needed it done bad and the girl I went to here did it a bit darker. Thanks!!

  2. Lolly November 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Beautiful landscape – great photos. I just keep thinking what a wonderful experience. All of you Gummys look beautiful in that setting, and Rachael, you are doing a great job of blogging. It really helps us over here on this side of the ocean.

    • Rachael November 7, 2010 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks Mom! The blogging helps me too, haha. Lots of beautiful stuff over here and looking forward to showing some of it to you too!!!

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