A Hygge-lism Day tripper
So where do you go when all the borders are closed and large gatherings are frowned upon due to a spreading virus pandemic?
A beautiful castle in the German countryside on the off-season of course. I present to you Burg Eltz (under construction).
Spring has sprung and the last thing that we want to be is shuttered up inside our house because of a flu running rampant. We want to be outside, enjoying nature and getting some fresh virus free air. Burg Eltz is just under a 2 hour drive from our house and a lazy Sunday combined with mass hysteria leads to light traffic on an unrestricted roadway. This combination allows us to cut about 20 minutes off the estimated arrival time both to and from our trip.
Just before arriving, we leave the highway and enjoy some beautiful country side back roads driving as we head up to the parking area for Burg Eltz. The lot is at the end of a nice forest walk about one and a half kilometers from the actual castle. Winding through the woods, you never even have a hint as to how close you are to the castle. Suddenly after rounding one last bend it reveals itself. A massive structure surrounded on all sides by a winding river, only accessible by a single stone bridge…amazing.
You approach the castle from an elevated vantage point and can enjoy the panoramic views for a good while as you descend to the bridge. Being the off-season we are not able to enter and tour the grounds, but we new that ahead of time and are not disappointed.
We circled around the castle and explored just a few of the many nature trails all around Burg Eltz, each giving you a different unique view. Stopping at one of the river banks we sit and have some of the lunch we brought with us. Just imagine, hundreds of years ago there was a very possibility that the residents of Burg Eltz sat by this river, ate and enjoyed the Spring weather just as we were doing today.
After mulling around for a bit, we headed back towards the car, taking a different path than the one that we followed on the way in.
On the way home, we drove by another Burg, Burg Pyrmont. Castles are rampant in Germany, you can practically see the next one before you’re out of sight of the first one.
We stop down the hill from Burg Pyrmont at a little guest house that we notice is open and serving food and drinks…also somewhat rare on a Sunday. We sit between a waterfall and a view of the castle and enjoy some coffee and beer while the boys have ice cream, relaxed and carefree.
At this moment, it is hard to believe that the world is in the midst of losing its mind.
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