Why We Adore Castle Ruins: Hohenfreyberg and Eisenberg, Germany

Castle ruins of Eisenberg, Germany.

Ruins of the castle of Eisenberg, Germany.

It seems that some of us prefer ruins to whatever these ruins were before the deterioration: castle, estate, or palace. Why? Is not it better to admire the decorated ceilings of the Vatican; the interiors of Versailles, France; or the marble floors of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Malta? Undoubtedly. But just imagine what our descendants will see in these places, if they find them in ruins (heaven forbid) as we found ruins of temples in Angkor, Cambodia, Cathar castles on the rocks of Languedoc, France, or the heroes of today’s story, the castle ruins of Hohenfreyberg and Eisenberg in Bavaria, Germany.

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The Emerald River of Lech in Fuessen, Bavaria

 

The river of Lech, Fuessen, Bavaria, Germany.

The river of Lech, Fuessen, Bavaria, Germany.

Every morning, an old Bavarian wakes up in his tiny, but comfortable flat near St. Mang’s Abbey in the old part of Fuessen, Bavaria. He drinks a strong black coffee that he always buys in Montenegro during summer vacations. Unfortunately, his beautiful Bavaria doesn’t have good coffee. Then he goes to stroll along his favorite river, the emerald river of Lech, a wonder of Fuessen. Why emerald? Because its water is emerald green.

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Dresden: 68 Years After Firebombing

By Irina

The best views of the wonderful city of Dresden are from the Аugustus Brücke (The Augustus Bridge) where we are staying now.

The view of the Bruhl's Terrace from the Augustus Bridge. Dresden, Saxony, Germany.

The view of the Bruhl’s Terrace from the Augustus Bridge

There were several tragic pages in the long history of Dresden, but the real catastrophe took place here from February 13th to 15th, 1945. British and American bombers dropped 3,500 tons of fire- and explosive bombs on the city. Legendary Dresden remained only a memory.

I should mention that we went to Dresden only to look at the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. The Old Masters Picture Gallery in the famous Zwinger Palace is open for visiting again after many years of restoration. So, Victor’s favorite painting led us to the city which was in ruins after being bombed only 68 years ago. It is a miracle, how Dresden looks now. You see the old pictures and do not believe your eyes. I suggest a walking tour of the capital of Saxony.

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