Posted by: facetothewind | June 7, 2010

Eisenach and Weimar: castles and cobblestone

Sebastian and I spent the weekend cycling around German villages in Thuringen – the towns of Eisenach and Weimar. We cycled to the top of the hill overlooking Eisenach to visit the medieval castle of Wartburg. Then we took the train to Weimar – birthplace of the Weimar Republic and home of Schiller and Goethe.

Here’s the video. It’s a rough cut but gives you a sense of the places we visited:

Wartburg castle annex buildings…

Although the Wartburg castle is medieval, the interior was renovated to a distinctly 19th century romantic style. (You can see more of it in the video above). King Ludwig apparently saw this room and said, “Gimme one of them,” and had one of his own castles outfitted similarly…

In Weimar we stayed at the Hababusch hostel. Very cool place that filled with the sound of cathedral bells in the morning…

Weimar is about as cute as German towns get. Cobblestone, cafés, churches, public squares…

Ilm Park in Weimar…

Waiting for the train home…

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