Monday, July 6, 2009

Burg Eltz and Burg Thurant

Jon was off work Friday for the holiday weekend so we decided to take a day trip down to see Burg Eltz. This medieval castle is about an hour away, located between Koblenz and Trier, Germany and was built in the 12th century. Burg Eltz is surrounded by hills and an incredible landscape with a river running below it. It is a beautiful castle and I am so glad we took the day to see it. But boy, the hike was a little exhausting, especially on the way back up. It was practically straight up hill!




Inside the castle walls.




Of course we had to get a shot with Jon and a tiny door!
The weather was beautiful when we arrived, but as soon as we finished visiting the castle a huge thunderstorm moved in right over our heads and we had to hall it back to the car. I thought I was going to have a heart attack running up the hill, but luckily we out ran the storm! Right when we reached the car it started raining.

From Burg Eltz we drove about twenty minutes to another town across the river and visited Burg Thurant. This castle is also a medievel castle built in the 12th-13th century. Jon said this castle is by far his favorite in Germany.

One of the things he thought was so cool is that they have holiday rooms for rent and he is set on renting a room at Burg Thurant when my parents come to visit. Here are some pics from the castle.

The view from the castle.
There are vineyards below the castle.
Inside the castle walls.


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The rest of the weekend was rather eventful. Saturday we went to the Zoo and Sunday we went to the Stadel Art Museum in Frankfurt. I will post pictures from the rest of our weekend tomorrow.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Happy Monday!

23 comments:

Lil' Woman said...

Jon and his tiny doors...lol...silly boy! : )

Gleatie said...

We hiked into Burg Eltz from the other side through the woods. I'm not sure I could have handled that huge hill! The other castle looks awesome and we might look into it when Deaner's parents come in November!

New Girl on Post said...

Beautiful pictures! I HAVE to get up to Germany one of these days to see all the castles.

valerie said...

What gorgeous pictures!
I agree with Jon.....that one is beautiful. And you can rent a room there. Wow...your parents will love that.
Glad y'all had such a fun weekend.

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

That Burg Eltz hike is no joke! I have to agree that it is one of my favorites. I love that the family still lives there and puts out flowers in the tourist part. :)

Lindsey said...

WOW! So amazing! Love these pics!

Emily said...

ahhh! u seriously take te best pictures ever! When you come back to the states you are going to have some of the most amaazing pictures to look back on!! looks like an amazing weekend!

MRS Jen McNeil said...

I cannot wait to get to GERAMNY! These photos are AMAZING! Great job and thanks for giving me a sneek peek of what i have to look forward too!

J.J. said...

Love the photos!!! Thanks for sharing...feels like I am almost there! Well ....almost.

my fav is the little door. hee hee

Annie said...

Sounds like you two had a wonderful weekend! :)
Those castles are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

oh those pictures are amazing!!! hubby loved them too=) glad you got back to your car before it poured!=) what a great weekend!

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

HA HA! John and his tiny door thing again:p Such a gorgeous place!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That place looks great! I'm glad you had a great holiday weekend!

Megan said...

Wow so cool! That castle is amazing!

JG said...

Those are beautiful pictures! What a fun weekend!

Kris Norman said...

All those tiny doors :) Looks like a great weekend! The pictures are gorgeous!

Kaci said...

Very cool enjoy every minute over there! :) XOXO

Jenny.Lee said...

The castles are amazing! It must be so awesome to be surrounded with so much history! Yay for zoo trips, you know how partial I am! ;)

lola said...

I loooove Germany. Your pictures make me miss it so much. The valleys and the trees are just too gorgeous, and those castles... sigh!

Matt came back for R&R talking about how badly he wants us to get stationed out in Germany, and your pictures are definitely selling me on the idea! :P

C said...

Gorgeous!!

Abbie said...

Because I haven't said this to you a million times before...I'M SO JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your pictures are unreal Steph! Germany is seriously exactly how I've always imagined it to be!! I'm using your photos as propaganda to convince Ryan to take me there!

Brittany said...

OMG how did I ever miss that castle when I was there! BEAUTIFUL!!! And I love the shot with the hubs and the TINY door!

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is gorgeous!!