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It is a very funny thing in Germany.  The sun comes out and suddenly you see everything coming out of the woodwork.  This past weekend it was one of those weekends that you dream about.  Sun, white puffy clouds, sun, mid-70s, and a little breeze.  Did I mention sun????

When this happens, you forget all the chores and plan out the day!  That is what we did.  It was FABULOUS.  Amazing Daughter had the day off from work.  It was one of those moments..

We hopped in our car and headed to Burg Hohenzollern.  Not a bad drive- 45 minutes.  Sidebar here, we love our GPS lady.  She has an American accent and is trying to pronounce German streets… quite hilarious actually.  I think we need to name her.

Okay back to our day trip!  Burg Hohenzollern is known as the castle in the sky.  If you are thinking steep hills, stairs you would be right!

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Here is the very top of the castle.  We parked and did the 15 to 20 minute walk to the grounds.  I just want to say they lied when they said 15 minutes…  We could have taken a bus but we wanted to walk.

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On the way up, the scenery was just breathtaking.  Lush greens.

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Spectacular views.

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It looks like a postcard!  This was the view of the town below.

Once we finally came into view of the grounds, we enter through this…

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Pretty impressive!

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Here is the top of the entryway.

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We continued our uphill climb.  Just imagine the work that it took to bring all of the stones up the hill!

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Second ‘entryway’.

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Check out the doors.

We know that the intent was to keep unwanted people out.  The doors were heavy.  Here is proof!

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These weights were used in the closing of the doors.

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Add this.  Pretty major stuff!  Big muscles were needed!

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I thought this was beautiful.  I love the winding stairs in this turret like addition to the wall.

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The BEAUTIFUL sun shining through.

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What a perfect place to place a bench.

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Here is what you get to see from the bench….

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Inside that winding stair case.

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Finally the actual castle.  It was very worth the walk.  There was a wedding this Saturday morning.  I cannot imagine a more beautiful location.

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Yes, again only higher up!

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This door was off to the side .  I just love that door.

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Love the balcony.

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How inviting!

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Shoes anyone?  In most castles in order to protect the floors they make you wear these over your shoes.  They are HUGE!

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See!!

At this point our tour guide said no cameras.  Of course, I was standing by the sign…. I was bummed.  It was an amazing place.  And to find out that it was hardly used.  It seemed like a lot of work for well, for what???

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They were setting up for the reception afterwards.  Just perfect!

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Then we headed back down again. I am so glad we walked.  We were able to talk on the way up and down (when I was not taking pictures!).  Treasured times.

This was only the first castle we visited.  Tomorrow is part 2!

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