Today in Nuernburg, Germany

We visited medieval Nuernburg today on our way to our overnight stop in Lauf an der Pegnitz. Of course we had bratwurst for lunch! The town is famous for them, along with its long history of toy making plus being at one time the capital of the German Reich (long before Hitler appropriated the word) […]

Schwerin's Magnificent Castle

The castle of Schwerin is something out of a kid’s coloring book. And, it’s gotten more colorful as the years have passed since the reunification of Germany in 1990. When I first saw this castle, it was gray and crumbling. Now it’s shining and beautiful from the outside, although a visit reveals that the interior […]

Postcard from Germany

Runkel Castle on the Lahn River

We stopped to visit Runkel Castle on the 31st of July on our way between the Rhein Valley and Hameln. This fascinating castle is one of our favorites in Germany, because it is relatively unknown and fun for all ages to explore. A historical timeline follows, with thanks to the official town web site. (Not […]

Bunratty Castle

A visit to Bunratty Castle is worth the hassle and the crowds of tourists. It is, after all, the best ancient castle in western Ireland. Built in about 1425 on the site of two previous strongholds, the castle was restored in the 1950s and 60s by Lord Gort and his family to appear much as […]

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