Chapter 2 – Bodensee

From waking up to having our cup noodles to getting ready, it was 8:30 am. Angela and her husband were great. I asked a few things about Germany, also we had breakfast in their garden. Angela was our host from Airbnb.

Where am I off to?

A castle and then directly to Lake Konstanz. This was the plan.

Lichtenstein Castle was the nearest castle. So we decided to give Burg Hohenzollern a miss. Lichtenstein Castle is also called as Fairy tale castle. It is rightly named so. Cinderella can sit in the balcony and comb her long her, drop her tied hair for Valentino Rossi to climb up or whatever.

Pic credit : Google search. Credits to respective owner
Pic credit : Google search. Credits to respective owner

 

The GPS doesn’t have a clue about road works and usually there are a lot of road works. In case you encounter one, you need to take deviations and GPS doesn’t help much. We were driving around lost for sometime due to the road-works then finally saw a indication to Lichtenstein, and we took that route. After much hassle of getting down, asking people, driving and again getting down, asking people we finally saw a board which showed the route to the castle. Not knowing German was a big disadvantage.

After reaching there, we parked our car and the ticket costed 2 Euros. Wiping our tears, we walked up to the castle. Amazed!!! Wonderful view from the outside, we clicked a few pictures. After entering the gate, we went to the ticket counter. It was 7 Euros per person. To go inside the castle, you need a 7 Euro ticket and a guided tour. Well, the 7 Euros are for the guided tour but the tour is in German. English tour needs to be booked in advanced and costs a bomb…say some 100 Euros. We opted for the German tour and we got a English manual of the tour ie the description of whatever the guide says in English. That was good enough for us.

Once the tour started we read our manual and walked along with the group. Any doubts we asked the guide after she was done with speaking about the particular topic. Pretty helpful guide, she did explain everything what we asked for very patiently. The castle was maintained immaculately. No one is allowed to touch or feel anything inside. Even a crack on the glass made by a bullet shell was so live as if it happened yesterday.

We were taken through the armor room, chapel, hunters party room, the royal bedroom, dining hall. The guided tour lasted for good 30 mins. Once we were done with that we came out and took a few pics of the castle and roamed around in the adjacent garden. Photography is prohibited inside the castle. Entry to the garden is free; it’s not a proper garden but the outside of the castle with a few structures.

Here are a few pics from Lichtenstein that I took….

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The route to the castle
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Country side
The castle from outside
The walls of the Castle

 

The castle stands on a cliff
The castle stands on a cliff

 

View from one side of the cliff
View from one side of the cliff

 

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The castle itself, from the front
The castle itself, from the front

 

Another cliff view
Another cliff view

 

Dream fulfilled, drove along the countryside roads. Way up the castle!
Dream fulfilled, drove along the countryside roads. Way up the castle!

 

The castle from the side
The castle from the side

 

Escape route from the castle. During the guided tour they show the entrance to this escape route.
Escape route from the castle. During the guided tour they show the entrance to this escape route.

 

They had cannons inside this building
They had cannons inside this building

 

The building with the reception...Half the building I mean
The building with the reception…Half the building I mean

 

Maids room? Not sure
Maids room? Not sure

 

To keep the post short, I’ll post the remaining half of this day as another post. Probably a bad idea to write my travel as a big story.  😥


(To be contd…)

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23 thoughts on “Chapter 2 – Bodensee”

  1. Someone pinch me, I am still in a fairy tale!
    🙂

    Such beauty! Anoop, I am sure you would have had a great time. The castle looks so idyllic! Waiting for the next chapter!

  2. It does look like it is straight out of a fairy tale 🙂 France is coming up next year for me and AirBnB is my option too – I think the best of places come from them!

  3. So, do you know the history of this castle? To think that it was someone’s home long ago. It is so beautiful 🙂
    Um… if English tour costs close to 100Euros, angane oru job kitya kidu ayrikkum alle? 😛

  4. Lol at Cinderella, Rapunzel’s hair and Valentino Rossi. For a moment I was in awe you clicked the first pic .. ! Perfect fairy tale material! And that t off view into the wider view of the valley.. Enikkangu ishatapettu… Entha bhangi! 😊

  5. Lovely photographs! I especially liked the one with the half reception building. 🙂 And the escape route… That’s neat!

      1. Definitely! I was assuming that they mentioned it in the tour/manual. 😅 But, seems like you uncovered a hidden little secret yourself! 🙂

      2. They did show the entry to the route which is from one of those chambers, but outside the castle it’s kind of hidden unless you look closely. 😀

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