I cannot stress enough on the importance of ‘staying fit’ in a travelers life. Certain locations might require you to trek for kms while certain places might require you to walk for quite a bit through narrow roads.
After we visited Lichtenstein castle, we were so smitten by the castle visit that we decided to chuck Lake Konstanz for Burg Hohenzollern (Hohenzollern castle). The two reasons for this change of plans were
- It was already 11 am and we had to give our rental car by 5 pm. Lake Konstanz was 176 kms away, we wouldn’t make it back in time. Also there wouldn’t be enough time to enjoy Lake Konstanz which by itself had a number of attractions.
- The castles and the route to these castles were mind blowing.
We also learnt a lesson; never to over-estimate. We could have never made it from Lake Konstanz on time. So Hohenzollern castle it was.
Burg Hohenzollern was much bigger than Lichtenstein and a wonderful castle. This time there were no hiccups in finding the route. We typed in the name and GPS showed us a route which we could actually follow and reach or were there any road works? Not sure.
We could see the castle from much ahead and it was a very welcoming sight.
Once we almost reached there, we saw a small parking lot. Free parking… yaay!!! We saved 2 Euros parking there. But then we paid for it with sweat and blood. We thought it was only this one climb and the castle was right above. We were wrong.
We climbed the mountains,
We climbed the trails,
We walked through the paved path,
We climbed steps to reach the place
It was almost 3 kms of steep trek.
Struggling to breathe, we stood in queue for the tickets.
12 Euros per person. Positive to this was, there was a guide in every room of the castle to explain about the history or whatever questions we might have. This was a one day offer. Sadly we were a bit time conscious but tried our best to walk around all the rooms. The guides were busy with a lot of other tourist. Never mind, there was a lot see by myself. Since it was a day off, the place was crowded. A lot of tourists and a lot of the natives…
We walked around the rooms, chapel and through a couple of other rooms before we decided that it was getting late. We had to leave at least by 1500 hrs if we were to reach Stuttgart by 1700 hrs. The down-hill trek was easier but by the end we had our thigh muscles shivering. Staying in the parking lot for some more time, we refreshed ourselves drinking some water, talking about the place in general. We were unable to fulfill the wish of taking a photograph on the bench with a lot of greenery around because there were two other families sitting there.
We left towards Stuttgart and a road work. Darn, your GPS unit goes useless because it keeps re-routing through that same route. We struggled a lot, took a lot of exits, asked a few people and finally one person told us the way in German but told me the place which I took a note of.
Once we reached the express way things were pretty smooth till filling up the tank and dropping the car off.
We sat in one of the road side shops and ate a Doner classic each and then left for our room.
There are a lot more pictures than this. But don’t want you guys to get bored, hence one more pic and I’m done for the day 🙂
Stay tuned cos from the next day I was out on my own. When I’m out on my own, I make mistakes, a lot of them. The next few days of my trip were epic!