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This is a Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP): Every Tuesday, I re-post an interesting past post – enjoy!
This post was originally published on July 16, 2015 and updated on November 5, 2019.
Last Sunday, to enjoy this gorgeous weather, and to check off yet another item in our “111” book, my husband and I met friends at Castle Grünwald, just south of Munich.
It resides in the town of Grünwald, naturally, which has its own character these days. Grünwald is Bavaria’s Hollywood. That is, it’s the center for film-making in Bavaria. Of course, it’s not to the scale of our Hollywood, but we did see quite a lot of big mansions, Bentleys, Rolls and Ferraris. Word on the street is that celebrities such as German film stars and soccer players live there. One of these days I’ll have to visit the film museum.
But our destination was the castle. It’s a Medieval castle dating from the 12th Century. It’s been owned by the Count of Andechs, the Wittelsbachs (King Ludwig II‘s family), and various other prominent families. It’s been used as an ammunition depot and also a prison throughout the years. Today it’s cleaned up and serves as a museum, a branch of the Bavarian State Archaeological Museum.
Inside the gate you see above is a large and lovely courtyard. The red-shirted guy is the attendant, catching a few rays in the sun in the lounge chairs provided here:
From the courtyard you can see a blacksmith shop next to the museum door:
Once inside, there is a well laid-out walking route on three floors with displays of artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages.
There was a model of the castle and grounds as it was long ago:
Actual chain mail fragment from the 1200s:
…and lots of other kitchen, dining and living tools. Here is a display of various spigots for barrels of alcoholic beverages. I totally love the little chicken on the left. The text underneath says, “Rule of thumb: the smaller the nozzle, the higher the alcohol percentage in the barrel.” The German word for “nozzle” is Zapfhan, which literally means “tap chicken”. Their word for “faucet” is Wasserhahn, which is “water chicken”. For that matter, a weathervane is a Wetterhahn: “weather chicken”.
And the king and queen’s clothing. On the left is the queen’s flimsy cotton slip. She then made up for the flimsiness by wearing the heavy wool robe and tunic over it. Plus that just-been-to-the-dentist headdress!
In the basement were displays about the water tower
and millwheel installations:
And Grünwald from above:
We also saw several of these party rafts on the river, complete with loud music:
What a day! I am bittersweet these days, because my time of living in Germany is coming to an end at the end of this month. My husband and I are moving back to the States, at least for the time being. But don’t worry, I have lots of photos and journal entries stored up that will keep the blog posts coming for quite some time. Besides, no rule says I have to blog about Europe – I just may share some stateside experiences with you, too!
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