We have a favorite place not far from our house and in the 6 months we’ve lived in Germany we have visited this site about a dozen times. It never gets old and the beauty is something you have to see for yourself to appreciate. While Wesley was there yesterday taking some alone time for himself and doing some hiking he was able to snap this shot with the iPhone. I think it’s one of my favorite pictures from our time in Europe.
Our Favorite Place:
Hohenecken castle, Kaiserslautern
The imperial castle “Honecken”, first mentioned in 1212, was constructed for the protection of the imperial lands and the imperial palace. It was the seat of the dynasty of the estate officials of Hohenecken whose members rose to high office. In 1481 one quarter of the castle was sold to the Electorate of the Palatinate. In 1525, during the Peasants’ War, it was ravaged by peasants.
Around 1560 the castle was expanded. Following disputes between the Hohenecken family and the Electorate, it was partially destroyed in 1668 and completely blown up by French troops in 1689 during the Palatine War of Succession. The ruins are one of the most impressive testimonies of Hohenstaufen architecture.
If you’d like to see a virtural tour of our favorite place click here and ENJOY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svzekZQvqXc