The area of medieval castles and churches and excellent wines
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February 26th, 2010 – by: aloneinthecrowd
The advertisement promised a great weekend in a nice 4 * hotel (breakfast included) and culinary delicacies in the restaurant "Küchenmeisterey" at the "Schloss Neuenburg" castle.
Since it sounded so exciting and we're always on search for new things to experience we booked the package for the last weekend in February. I checked the internet for more informations about Freyburg and found out that a famous german sparkling wine (Rotkäppchen Sekt) is produced there and that you're able to visit the winery.
Freyburg (Saxony - Anhalt) is a town located in the vineyards of the Saale / Unstrut area and is the centre of the wine-growing district. The Saale / Unstrut area is the most north situated wine growing area in Germany and Europe. The reason why Freyburg is able to grow wine commercially when other regions of similar latitudes in Europe cannot is because of the high concentration of heat-retaining calcium in the soil and a micro-climate that make it significantly warmer than nearby Berlin and Leipzig.
Freyburg's history started in 1090 when Ludwig der Springer, landgrave of Thuringia, founded the Castle "Neuenburg" on a hill east of the town. The famous "Wartburg" castle in Eisenach was founded by the same man at the same time.
The Neuenburg castle is one of the biggest and most important castles of the landgraves of Thuringia. Landgravin (holy) Elisabeth of Thuringa and emperor Friedrich Barbarossa lived here for a while. We learnt so many about the medieval german history but it would be boring to write it all down and to be honest I forgot a lot of it :o
On thursday already I travelled to Sandersdorf to meet-up with my boyfriend Klaus.
From up there you have a fantastic view on the river Unstrut and the town of Freyburg with its vineyards. The weather wasn't really great but it was dry at least. We bought a ticket for sightseeing the castle. The employee looked at my camera and told me that it's not allowed to take photos inside the castle. When I visited the Wartburg last year I could buy a permission but this wasn't possible here.
Inside the castle I recognized that we were the only guests and I couldn't spot a video control ;) so I grabbed my camera and took some photos here and there :p We've been inside the castle for a while when a second couple joined us there. It was amazing to have a whole castle on your own :D
The chapel is very unique and beautiful. And if you're careful you can spot the knight in the corner ;)
We needed about 2 hours to explore every part of the castle. Unfortunately some areas were closed for the season. They might be open in peak season when lots of tourists visit the castle.
Since it was still too early to check in the hotel we drove down into town again and looked for the Rotkäppchen vinery for some more sightseeing. At 11 a.m. and at 2 p.
It was very interesting to see this place. The vinery was founded in 1856 and survived 2 World Wars and the compulsory acquisition of the GDR (German Democratic Republic) government from 1949 until 1990. After the reunion of Germany it was one of the few "GDR" companies which became very successful in whole Germany. They even have a bigger market share on sparkling wine than other champagne producers in Germany.
Since we already were downtown Freyburg we made a walk across the town. The medieval city wall and the church St. Marien were really beautifull. The market place was nice to stroll around and I can imagine that it's a nice place to sit outside in summer having a glass of wine or a cup of coffee or ice cream.
In the meantime it was 5 p. m. already and we had to check in at the hotel and prepare ourselves for dinner. Our room was on 4th floor. The size of the room was adequate and clean, same as the bathroom.
We relaxed a bit and had a shower before we went off to the "Medieval wine tasting" on castle "Neuenburg". The beginning was at 7 p. m. and we arrived in time there.
The entrance to the restaurant was atmospheric illuminated - it seemed nearly a bit mystic.
There were not too many people in the restaurant, maybe 25 - 30 persons. A former wine queen was our host for the night. She introduced us to the world of wines. The fabulous wines from the region were accompanied by a fabulous 3-course menu. We had 2 white wines, 2 red wines and 1 rosè wine and all of them were really tasty.
The wine queen told us a lot of enjoyable and interesting stories about the history of wine making in the Saale / Unstrut area. For more than 1,000 years wine was made there already and you find several cultivar.
At 10.30 p. m. an exhausting, exciting and absolutely amazing day came to an end and we went back to the hotel for a good sleep.
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