• Lichtenstein Castle sits atop a rocky hilltop carved into mountain rock
    Castles,  Germany,  Travel

    Schloss Lichtenstein – Plan Your Visit

    Schloss Lichtenstein ("shining stone") was built right into the side of a cliff at the northwestern edge of the Swabian Alps. The castle marks an architectural shift from classic to Gothic Revival. Located in the state of Baden–Württemberg in southern…

  • Schloss Mespelbrunn grounds with reflection of castle in pond
    Castles,  Germany,  Travel

    Schloss Mespelbrunn – Plan Your Visit

    Tucked away in the scenic Spessart forest stands Schloss Mespelbrunn. This late-medieval, early-Renaissance castle is one of the most famous Wasserschlosser (or moated castles) in Germany. At the edge of Bavaria, the castle is found between Frankfurt and Würzburg...

  • view from ground of front of Linderhof Palace
    Castles,  Germany,  Travel

    Schloss Linderhof – Plan Your Visit

    As a child, King Ludwig II had visited Königshäuschen, his father’s hunting lodge tucked away in the Bavarian Alps. Five years into his reign, King Ludwig began expansion into what he called Schloss Linderhof. It was to be the smallest…

  • Schloss Hohenschwangau sits atop a hill with mountains behind
    Castles,  Germany,  Travel

    Schloss Hohenschwangau – Plan Your Visit

    Above the village of Hohenschwangau (“Upper Swan County”) sat three medieval castle ruins. Schloss Schwanstein (“Swan Stone Castle”) was the former home of the Knights of Schwangau. King Maximillian II, the father of future King Ludwig II, purchased the ruins…

  • woman with hat standing in airport holding Euros
    Germany,  Travel

    Wo ist der bahnhof?

    Will and I had just graduated from the University of South Carolina and were just dating at this point. Will had already left for a summer internship with a contractor for the Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. My graduation present…