Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, July 23, 2009

We say good-bye to the little Gausthaus after breakfast in the half circle dining room.  We are now going down the Romantic Road in, Germany.  Our first town stop is in Wurzburg.  The sights to see here are a couple of churches and the castle along with all the older style village homes and buildings. 

The castle boasts having the largest fresco ceiling painting in the world.  We go to the castle and purchase our entrance tickets.  We are told to go upstairs and the audio guides are available at the entrance. 

As we go up the stairs we do see the incredible painting on the ceiling here.  It is a huge staircase going up in the centre and then divides and goes up again on either side.  The painting is astounding.  Then we go in to a side room with chairs in it and look at the ceiling in there, another great master piece.  There are some tours going on in German, so we quietly leave the room.

We get the guides and begin the tour of the castle.  The first rooms are about the war and what happened in this area.  Most buildings were bombed and then fire bombed so a lot of the town was destroyed.  Then it went on to describe the rebuilding of the town and then Germany as a whole.  It wasn't quite what we had expected as we thought we would be seeing the rooms decorated in period style, fancy furniture and ornaments, etc.

We went down stairs and asked about the castle and were told to go back up to the 'white’ room and join a tour to go into the inner rooms, then once that tour was over we could see the other rooms on our own.  Whew!  This sounded more like it.  There are a few pictures of the rooms and floors.

We learned that when the war began everything possible to be removed from the castle was removed and hidden to preserve it.  Most items were returned to the castle and the things not returned have been bought over the years at private sales.

It was very impressive with beautiful tapestries, furniture, fire place screens and woodwork on the doors and floors.  Everything has been redone using  original techniques as the residence was completely destroyed inside in 1945.  Quite an amazing job, well done.

We then strolled through the town, took a look in the two main churches and then headed out looking for a camp ground.

We found one just outside of the town, it is along a canal with barges going up and down the waterways and rows and rows of vineyards on the hill sides.  Just a beautiful setting.  We had diner in town so we just set up for the night with our canopy us.  It looks like rain again.
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