Today was all about the castle, eating and shopping. And eating. And drinking.
Isn’t this a good idea – large tea bags for tea pots?
I started today with an apricot juice, granola, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, prunes and fresh fruit in a tiny bowl again.
Followed by rye bread, boiled egg, ham and a small slither of Brie.
For some, the perfect combination is chocolate cake with frankfurter and fruit salad, ideally all eaten together!
Our destination this morning, despite the pouring rain, was the Kaiserbourg, the castle at the top of the hill. This is such an attractive town.
My chest infection has really taken hold and it gets worse as soon as I go outside and hit the cold and damp air. I was struggling to get enough air as the walk up to the castle is very steep in places.
More climbing though, to get to the top of the tower.
We could make out the town square and the Christmas Market.
The black cars belong to the Bavarian Government who were having a meeting in the castle. There were lots of Polizei around which Harvey enjoyed.
Lar and Harvey at the top of the tower.
Time to head back down the stairs.
It doesn’t look so big from the outside but the view from the top is worth the climb, even when you do nearly die of consumption on the way up!
Next stop was the well house – the well is 47 metres deep which is a long way down.
As demonstrated by pouring a jug of water down and seeing how long it took to hear the splash ( a long time!) and then lowering the candles down.
This is a cute iron castle door.
This is an amazing structure, built out of the bed rock.
By the time we got back in to town, refreshments were required. I just had a coffee (did you see my halo shining)
whereas Lara and Harvey enjoyed a crepe.
We then had a Gluwhein to keep the cold out.
This is more my style – a whole stall selling different types of Stollen 🙂
This is such a pretty city and we really enjoyed wandering round the market.
We headed back to our hotel to drop off shopping bags and have a relax. We are staying at the Hotel Agneshof which is in the Medieval part of town where most of the attractions such as the Christmas market are located. We are less than a 5 minute walk to the market but down a quiet street so the revellers do not disturb us at night.
We are in room 322 which is for wheelchair users. We love our room as it is large and spacious with a huge en suite bathroom.
Plenty of space for reading, writing and relaxing.
We fitted in another hours shopping before dinner.
These “tools” are ALL made out of chocolate! So those rusty old cogs are actually edible.
This is such a beautiful and dramatic town and even more so at night time.
We had an incredible dinner tonight. I rarely say this, as I like variety, but if we were in Nuremberg tomorrow night, and assuming we could get a table, I would have the same again. It was fabulous and I will be giving the Albrecht Durer Stube a 10/10 on Trip Advisor later.
We tried to get in to this German eaterie, last night but it was busy. We peeked inside from the street and saw a busy restaurant full of people having a great time. We wanted to be there too.
We booked a table at 10am today but the restaurant was already booked out from 8pm so we took a table at 6pm. It happens to be next door to our hotel so it was very easy to get to!
We sat on a large table with a family of 4 from Somerset who were also without their man (at sea – working, not missing or lost).
This place was busy and cosy and friendly. Perfect.
I ordered one of the specials which was goose with roast potatoes and red cabbage. It was incredible. Lara had the other special, which was roast duck and that was amazing too.
This goose was perfect. It must have been slow cooked as the meat was tender, full of flavour and the skin had no visible fat left but was crisp. The potatoes, cabbage and gravy were wonderful. I enjoyed every morsel and could have licked the plate, it was that good.
For dessert I had a platter which contained a mini (they were very small portions but just right) creme caramel, vanilla ice-cream, creme brûlée, red berry mousse, vanilla mousse and blackberry compote. It was sprinkled with toasted coconut and was really good.
I loved this place and if I ever came again, would book this in advance to be sure of a table. One wall is covered in certificates and awards, plus they have plenty of seasonal decorations up.The other walls are covered in Abrecht Durer’s works (copies I assume) and local images.
Very envious – Christmas markets, stollen and Gluwein x
I am sending you healing prayers and vibes and energy for that nasty chest cold/infection. I hope you can have this looked at a.s.a.p.
Today’s journey looked wonderful. Thanks for getting me out for the day!
I have never been to a Christmas Market in Germany before and none of us are disappointed. it is fantastic – so much fun 🙂
I forgot to mention how much I laughed at Harvey’s picture with his hot dog, cake and fruit salad. LOL.