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entrance to the castle

Contrary to earlier nights,, this night, I didn’t sleep a wink. I don’t know exactly what happened, but the whole night I kept on tossing and turning … was it the bed, was it the food … I just have no clue, but I was more than glad to see my alarm clock turn into 8 AM! After a nice hot shower, I slowly got dressed and went to the breakfast area where I met up with my parents.

It seemed that I wasn’t the only person with gigantic bags under my eyes (I hope this is the right translation!) coz looking at my mum, I immediately saw that she had the same problem, only she knew the cause and blamed it on the bed.

Although two out of three persons looked miserable, we did manage to enjoy breakfast and as soon as we were checked out and had put our stuff into the trunk of the car, we were more than ready for another day on the road.

Waldeck Castle

Our goal of today was to reach the city of Kassel by this evening, but since it was still early in the morning, we had more than enough time to explore some more towns and villages along the way and the first one of them was only about half an hour’s drive away, to be more precise, the small town of Waldeck, which is basically known for its beautiful castle build on the remnants of an 11th century fortification.

Nowadays the castle serves as a four star hotel and a beautiful one I might at, but in the past it had all kinds of functions going from being the ancestral seat and residence of the Counts of Waldeck, a state penitentiary, to even a state archive and forestry office.

front courtyard
It seems that through the years they always found suitable use for this building from which you have an awesome view on the Edersee.

Even from the town of Waldeck itself, you have an amazing view on the castle and although the town looks pretty modern, going through the main street, you still find some old half-timbered houses of which the oldest date back from the earlier 1700’s.

Our next stop on the route has fairy tale town writing al over itself as it is called Wolfhagen and dates back all the way from 1231. Like all the towns along the route here you also find beautiful half-timbered houses as well as the Gothic town church St. Anna and the most infamous piece of architecture, if I may call it that, the fairy tale fountain which displays the story of the Wolf and the seven goats.
view on the Edersee


Walking through this small town, we came across more than one statue of the Wolf, so I expect that the inhabitants of this town are a bit proud of this magical being, despite the fearsome character it sometimes has. I must admit that I was glad to see that people here depicted this mammal in a gentile way instead of it being a predator all the time.

From Wolfhagen we decided to drive to Schauenburg, where till today you still find the castle ruins of the town itself high up a hill, but as we were driving, we just drove from one diversion into another … I can’t say enough how I hate those roadworks and it surprised me that even in the countryside they make quite a mess of it, so instead of searching time and time again for a new road, we just crossed this little town from our map and went on to Niedenstein!

Maybe we should have persevered, but than again … I was just tired of hearing my GPS saying “ TURN BACK” after hearing it for 50 or more times, it is not fun anymore!

Niedenstein isn’t too big if a town and to be honest, I would have rather called it a village, but than again … who am I to say anything about it.
another view on the lake
As we parked our car in front of a local pub, we headed for the church of Niedenstein which is built in the late 1700’s and stands proud in the middle of town, but the main reason why I wanted to visit this little tiny town, was for that one special natural monument, a thousand-year-old dance lime tree. As the name suggests, dances were held under this tree and it has been said that more than one marriage was planned underneath this lime tree, but we kept on searching and searching, we didn’t find it … so is this just one of the many legends???

Getting hungry after all that searching, we tried to find some food, but in small towns, not much is opened, so after a quick visit to the local bakery, we had scored some sandwiches and other delicious items and together with some hot and cold drinks, we just drove to a beautiful spot outside the town and had a picnic near one of the many woods.
Waldeck Castle seen from the town itself


Sadly enough we couldn’t stay there for the rest of the day coz dark clouds were once again hovering above our heads and it looked like it was going to rain any minute … but it turned out to be 2!

Driving onwards on the road, our next stop was Gudensberg, which like every town we visited the last couple of days, has quite an interesting history concerning the Hessian landgraves, only this town itself goes way back coz they even talk about a prehistorical settlement that once had been set up here. They called themselves the tribe of the Chatti, which had their meeting place on the Wotan’s Mountain (Wodansberg) in the gray prehistory.

Wotan, the Teutonic storm and war god as well as father of the gods and people, was worshipped at this region and Wodansberg, from which the town of Gudensberg derived its name, was the religious and political center-point of the Chatti … impressive not!!

Nowadays, not much has remained from this period of time, unlike the countless half-timbered structures from the 17th and 18th centuries, but than again, I guess those Thuringian and Hessian landgraves had better luck since their structures aren’t that old … maybe we still have to wait a couple of hundred years to see what remains as well.
old house


Although it drizzled all the time, we still managed to have a fairly nice walk around town and if the weather wasn’t against us, I am sure we even walked up the hill and visited the castle ruins, but I guess this will have to wait till next time.

Once back at the car, it started to rain more heavily and I was more than glad that we were inside my trusty car, so instead of looking at the raindrops falling down, we just drove another stretch of road, till we reached our next destination.

Fritzlar is really a beautiful town if you can look through the many raindrops and once a complete fortified town, nowadays you can still find 14 towers and hundreds of half-timbered houses throughout town, one more beautiful than the other. Even the Town Square with its Roland Fountain and Town Hall is really worth looking at, as well as the Gothic St.
another one
Peter’s Cathedral, which once received the privilege of a visit of Pope John Paul II.

Although we took an umbrella with us for our walk through town, we soon got soaking wet and instead of walking from one puddle to another, we were so happy to have found a bakery which was open in order to soak up some warmth, have a hot drink or 2 and something delicious with it.

By the time it got darker and darker, we expected more rain and instead of hoping for a dry walk through the town again, we just went back to our car and drove in a straight way towards the city of Kassel where we arrived about an hour later, trying to avoid major roads and enjoyed riding through some more amazing countryside.

When we almost reached Kassel, the weather cleared up as well and as soon as we checked in at our hotel, we went outside again for a short walk to the city centre trying to find something to eat.
old cemetery


The friendly receptionist of the hotel gave us some pointers where to find something to eat and thanks to his good suggestions, we did find something to our liking. With the evening sun still shining upon our faces, we just had a nice walk through the main street with all of its shops and by the time we got back to our room, it was already quite late. A quick shower later, I just went to bed and hoped that tonight I would have a good night’s rest … not that I was hoping for it, since we were sleeping in a triple room and my dad is someone who snores a lot … fingers crossed!

Ils1976 says:
Hahaha, indeed Bill ... I read some comic books in my younger years as well! :D
Posted on: Nov 15, 2015
Zagnut66 says:
Wotan was the father of the superhero Thor. I know this from reading too many comic books as a kid. :)
Posted on: Nov 14, 2015
missandrea81 says:
This is so neat. I think I do remember the town square of Fritzlar, but it has been over 25 years since I've been there and I was only 8 at the time, so my memory might be wrong.
Posted on: Nov 14, 2015
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entrance to the castle
entrance to the castle
Waldeck Castle
Waldeck Castle
front courtyard
front courtyard
view on the Edersee
view on the Edersee
another view on the lake
another view on the lake
Waldeck Castle seen from the town …
Waldeck Castle seen from the town…
old house
old house
another one
another one
old cemetery
old cemetery
eternal resting place with view on…
eternal resting place with view o…
on the road again
on the road again
centre of Wolfhagen
centre of Wolfhagen
close up on the fairy tale fountain
close up on the fairy tale fountain
half-timbered house at the centre
half-timbered house at the centre
cat tower which was sadly enough c…
cat tower which was sadly enough …
Niedenstein
Niedenstein
parish church
parish church
Gudensberg
Gudensberg
former hospital of the town
former hospital of the town
so true sometimes ...
so true sometimes ...
fortified tower of Fritzlar
fortified tower of Fritzlar
centre of the old town
centre of the old town
St. Peters cathedral
St. Peter's cathedral
Saint Boniface
Saint Boniface
most impressive house in the whole…
most impressive house in the whol…
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