The second day of our adventures (read all about the first day here) led us to the beautiful Lichtenstein Castle on the Swabian Alb. While it is usually the castle that inspires the stories and folk tales, Lichtenstein Castle was inspired by Wilhelm Hauff’s Novel Lichtenstein. Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, was so mesmerized by the romantic story that he decided to re-build the castle in 1840-42.
Even though the castle is still owned by the Dukes of Urach, it is open to visitors. The guided tour led us from the ground to the first floor and ended with the famous painting “Archer of Lichtenstein” that shows an archer, who is aiming his crossbow directly at the viewer – regardless of the angle of view.
How beautiful is the view from the cliff the castle sits on? I obviously couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to snap a few outfit pics right at the edge of the cliff. I chose a relaxed onion look that kept me warm and cosy despite the cold temperatures in and around the castle. Even more impressive, however, was the view from the valley. From down there it looks like the castle grows directly out of the crag – pretty magnificent if you ask me.
On the drive back home along the meandering streets I suddenly noticed a small village that was dominated by one huge building. Klaus told us that the building used to be a monastery, and because we had to drive through the village to refuel the car anyway, we decided to have a look.
Zwiefalten Abbey is one of the grandest cathedrals I’ve ever visited (maybe a bit too grand?). The frescos on the ceiling, the paintings, the columns, the altar…the attention to detail that can be found here is almost second to none. Once we entered I really didn’t know what to look at first; there was so much to see and explore. A truly stunning place, which everyone, who finds themselves near Zwiefalten, needs to visit.
P.s.: Keep your eyes peeled for Monday’s post. I have a little Christmas surprise for you 🙂
Jumper – NEXT*
Chambray Shirt – Topshop (similar here)
Jeans – ASOS
Coat – Zara (similar here)
Shoes – Adidas
(Photos by Klaus and me)