Germany – Gengenbach to Tubingen

Bavarian Journey Leg 5: Gengenbach to Tubingen.
For a brief walk back in time, we visited the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof. It has fully-furnished farmhouses representing different parts of the Black Forest during the last 400 years.
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Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof

Each farmhouse gives an authentic glimpse into daily life back in the day.Frame 1

A trip into the Black Forest wouldn’t be authentic without a big slice of its famous namesake Black Forest Cake (washed down with a farmer-size shot of homemade schnapps)!Frame 2

Once out of the Black Forest and on the country road towards Tübingen, rising majestically on the mountain peak of the Swabian Alb stands Hohenzollern Castle.

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Black Forest

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Hohenzollern Castle

The ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal House, it is the third castle on this popular site. The first was built in the early 11th century, destroyed in 1423 after a ten-month siege, then rebuilt larger and stronger.Frame 3

The second gradually fell into disrepair, until it was rebuilt again as a family memorial by King Frederick William IV of Prussia. Nowadays, it is a museum of the art and historical artefacts of the Hohenzollern family.Frame 6

Standing in the central courtyard was a bit surreal.
It could be Disneyland..
But no. It’s a real castle.DSC05869

On the left is St. Michael’s Chapel, originating from the previous castle, with stained glass windows from the 13th century.

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St. Michael’s Chapel

Picturesque from literally every angle, Hohenzollern Castle was another fine castle to add to our near-daily growing list.Frame 5

And not such a bad view from the top either.DSC05782DSC05878

Visited 30th September 2014.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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