Two Saxony Castles

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
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Trip End Apr 25, 2012


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Today we visited two nearby castles in Sachsen (Saxony).  Burg Kriebstein and Burg Mildenstein.  A "burg" is a fortress.

Unlike other areas that have a lot of visitors; we were largely alone in these castles.  In the first castle, Kriebstein, one of the museum staff took us around personally to show us the various rooms, furnishings and paintings and to tell us the history of the castle.  It was very nice of him to take the time out to give us our own little tour. The castle was very cool. It used to belong to the nobility of Saxony but their patronage was purchased by a King in Poland and then became part of Prussia.  It is now owned by the state of Saxony.

Burg Mildenstein ("mild stone") was also a seat of Saxon nobility and was built as a stone fortification in the 1300s.  It was expanded and contracted during history; after gun powder was brought to Europe, castles lost a lot of their fortification usage.  It is one of the largest castles from the Middle Ages in Saxony that is still mostly all original.  Most of the time, we were absolutely alone in these huge halls and rooms; so very different than in places that have thronging masses of tourists takng tours every hour, on the hour (or every 15 minutes is more like it).  We have some photos to share.

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Lisa B. on

I love the car and the castles and wood-work in the castles. I think I used a toilet like that in Mexico. Rustic but useful.
You guys look thinner and thinner in all the pictures. Probably all the walking you are doing.

Miss you!

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