Day Twelve - Wartburg Castle and countryside
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Sunday, October 07, 2007
Waking up this morning, we were greeted by rather thick layers of fog. Our free nightâ€™s rest felt very similar to any of the others, with the exception that it cost less. Oh - we didnâ€™tâ€™ have electricity and there is no WC or showers accessible. But thatâ€™s why weâ€™re in Arvie in the first place.
Since I was the one who had insisted that I had to have a shower every day and then didnâ€™t after we got here, I decided I needed to experience the rest of Arvieâ€™s capabilities. So, after a bit of fussing, I figured out how to make Ariveâ€™s shower work all on my own.
So after a breakfast of leftover Linguini from Friday nightâ€™s dinner, we headed on towards Eisenbach and Wartburg castle. We were only about 20 minutes later than weâ€™d wanted to be - not bad!
The drive to Eisenbach was relatively uneventful, except that once we arrived Betty wanted us to turn at a particular exit which was closed to exiting. So that meant rerouting ourselves.
Fortunately you can drive most of the way up to the castle. I had forewarned Derik that it was a bit of a hike as I recalled, and it was. Although this time Derikâ€™s eagle eyes spotted a better route so we climbed stairs up the mountainside to the castle. As we climed, I was again in awe of the gorgeous fall colors which surrounded the castle. They've been beautiful the entire trip and have really made it all the more memroable.
The castle sits at the top of a hill overlooking the town of Eisenbach and is really quite impressive. Added on to a number of times through the centuries, it's look is quite distinctive with the different colors and architectural styles. Entering the castle grounds we saw the famous fan-tailed birds which are resident there.
When we got to the ticket counter we learned there was an exhibit through the end of the month on the life of Saint Elizabeth. Having no clue who she was, I couldnâ€™t quite imagine how that would fit in with what I thought I remembered about the castle. But as it turns out I apparently have forgotten anything I thought I knew about the castle, because nearly every time I would tell Derik - oh, this and this, or OH, this and that - Iâ€™d be wrong. It was rather disappointing to be reminded how short-term my memory is. And by the time I read this again, Iâ€™ll probably have forgotten this!
We both got audio guides for the tour and Iâ€™m glad we did.
In addition to all the history on her life, we saw the main rooms of the castle that everyone sees pictures of including the music hall and Lutherâ€™s room. This is the castle where Martin Luther hid for 10 months while translating the New Testament into the common German language of the day so it would be accessible to everyone. He lived in rather Spartan conditions compared to the rest of the place.
Surprisingly, we spent several hours there and ate lunch when we came back to Arvie. So by the time we left Eisenbach and headed for
The drive was glorious with more fall colors sprayed across the rolling hills like natureâ€™s graffiti. We wove our way through little town after little town, occasionally stopping for a picture or because Betty was acting up, but largely moving forward just exploring what was around each new bend in the road. In one town I spied what I thought might be a church, but it looked like a large round silo. We made our way there and indeed it was another church. Derik stayed with Arvie while I explored. There wasn't that much to see, really, but it's unique in-the-round style made it interesting.
As we drove it began to sink in that this was our last full day here. Itâ€™s been an incredible trip - and maybe Derikâ€™s right, maybe it is a once in a lifetime experience.
And speaking for myself, I know thereâ€™s more here Iâ€™d like to see and do. And I know that Iâ€™ll be back.