CONTRIBUTED BY TEANNA SIDLES
Since our time in Europe is dwindling down, I told my husband, Drew, that we would be doing something every weekend. I love castle ruins. I prefer them over castles. Don’t get me wrong castles are great, but I can’t bring our dog, Rylie, in them, and most of the time they’re not as cool on the inside as they are on the outside. So castle ruins are what I prefer to go to, especially on a beautiful day. It was a beautiful Saturday, and I didn’t want to waste it.
There is a castle ruin called Weissenstein that is located about 25 minutes away from us near Grafenwoehr that I’ve been wanting to visit. So we headed off to the Weissenstein Ruins. There is no real GPS address for it, so instead we used google and tried to pinpoint the closest road. Luckily before we got to the ruins, there were signs and we followed it until we got to the parking lot.
It is a 1.5 km walk/hike to the castle ruins. It’s an absolutely beautiful walk. If you have bikes, I’d suggest bringing them because it’s a better bike ride. The Burgruine Weissenstein is a magnet for hikers, but also a backdrop for concerts, theater performances and other cultural events.
Some history on the place: In 1995, the ruins built on a high rocky cliff were in danger of collapsing, and only about a four foot high wall remained visible. More wall traces were discernible at the wall-like elevations. Between 1996 and 2000, the Company Steinwaldia Pullenreuth e. V. restored the remaining parts of the building and provided for the preservation of cultural and historical monument.
It was a quick and easy afternoon trip. The best thing about it was that it was free, and it got us out of the house.
Note: Teanna originally published this article on her website, then graciously shared it with Germany Ja!