Koenigstein Fortress

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Friday, April 20, 2012

Today we spent our last day in Saxony (and last day driving) at the fortress of Koenigstein.  We had walked around the bottom of it some time earlier in our trip (it's all becoming a blur now) but arrived too late to go up and see the actual fortress.  The first buildings were erected in the 1200s and it was fortified in the 1400s.  The fortress was owned by the landgraves of Saxony and later on the King of Poland (August the Strong) when this part of Saxony came under his rule.  The fortress was taken by the Prussians in the Seven Years War in the 1850s and a few decades later thereafter was part of the newly ascendent Empire (I really would have to look all this up to get dates straight; Germany as we know it didn't really exist until 1870 and the present borders only date from after WWII and then the reunification).

We enjoyed our visit and are relaxing in our apartment.  It has heated ceramic floors for a heating system which is really quite different and nice to keep our toes warm.  Heading out in a bit to the town square where we saw some delicious looking pizza being served at a restaurant; it's nice out right now so a good day to eat out.

One funny thing we have noticed is how some Germans seems to be rather conformists.  There is a line of clothing called Jack Wolfskin (I looked it up on wikipedia and it is considered "outdoor chic") and I swear every thrid person you see on the street has some piece of clothing or accessory emblazoned with the Jack Wolfskin logo (which is a bear paw).  Nice clothing but I don't want to drop $100 US for some shirt with a logo or $250 for a light weight jacket even if it does look chic.  Oh well, there is always the flohmarkt (flea market) in Munich to look forward to...

Catch you from Munich next time...
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