Thursday May 9

Trip Start Apr 18, 2013
Trip End Jul 09, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Wurttemberg,
Thursday, May 9, 2013

It is a public holiday today - Himmelfahrt.

In the morning Dieter took us on a tour of the 5 towns of Weinstadt - Endersbach, Strumpfelbach, Beutelsbach, Grossheppach and Schnait.

This wine region is famous for its vineyards and wines, apples, cherries and a sculptor Professor Karl Ulrich Nuss. His statues always contain nudes.

We climbed a 1728 guard house that housed the guards that protected the grapes from being stolen from the vines. This gave a good view of the Weinstadt region.

Above Strimpfelbach we walked the Nuss Sculptor Path lined with some of his art work.

In the afternoon Bettina, Andreas and Isabel took us to Lichtenstein Castle.

Bettina showed us the Camino booklet showing that the Camino walk passes through Endersbach and is called the Jakobsweg.

Lichtenstein Castle is situated on a cliff located near Honau on the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Historically, there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskrieg's War of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin.

In 1802, the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg, who built a hunting lodge there. By 1837, the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff's novel Lichtenstein [1], added the current castle in 1840–42. The romantic Neo-Gothic design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff.
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Paul Hoope on

Ah Weinstadt, I remember it well, especially the delightful walk through the vineyards from Endersbach to Strumpfelbach and back. I could do with a fiertle of Weinstadt wein right now! BIg "Hi" to all my friends there.

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