Natural park "Palatinate Forest" - this is the most extensive forests in Germany. And there is a castle where you can experience the Middle Ages.
The timing of hunting next to the Landau locks, was bad: most castles were closed. In Germany, as the host decides (almost all private ownership), so be it. For example, in some of the fortress is not allowed on Tuesdays. As a result, only one of the three sites visited was opened, and then, only half - you could walk around it on the street, and it was impossible to go inside.
The first castle - Landeck. Usually it can be clearly seen from afar, we, due to weather conditions, could see its outline only Klingenmünster commune - a small village at the foot of the hill.
Worth noting that the village was very cute and cozy
See how lovingly decorated facade and what wonderful lamp and sign
Main Street Klingenmünster
We go further to the castle. Gradually deteriorating quality of cleaning the roads from snow
At some point, the machine stops to go up the hill and had to walk. The idea is that this road is a beautiful view of the vineyards and on the hill should extend the castle ... But not this time
The road to Landeck took about 25 minutes, during which time I was able to make 300 beautiful pictures of snow-covered forest
Somewhere below one can see the houses Klingenmünster
We went up to the castle, and at the gate we were met by the inscription: "Sorry, the lock is closed»
Saddened, I went for a walk along the walls
At the bottom of the clouds floated
Went to try his luck in the fortress number two - in Madenburge
Castle Madenburg proved partially open, it was possible to walk on its territory
In fact, the fortress remained little ...
The third was Rayksburg Trifels or Trifelsburgskaya fortress. Outwardly, she seemed much more serious and more modern previous
Go through the snow was difficult, the fortress is situated high on a stone rock
And until recently, was hiding in the clouds
This castle has a rich history - it was one time she actually was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, the family castle of the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. This lock takes up to 100,000 visitors a year and is the second most visited castle in the Rhineland-Palatinate
Unfortunately, to get acquainted with the fortress closer prevent unclear when posted message on the door: "Today the castle is not working»
The final stage of the Palatinate forest trips was a visit to the top of CALM
Just 20 minutes the clouds parted slightly, and finally yielded to enjoy the view from a height. Over the hill, you can see the commune Maikammer
We climbed to the observation deck at the top of a hill at an altitude of 673 meters above sea level. Calm attracts many tourists to the top is a lot of hiking trails, and is located upstairs restaurant with a wonderful view of the coming of the earth and fields of vineyards. Somewhere in the clouds hid the town of St. Martin
Here is such a he, winter and snow Palatinate Forest