Staufen! Big Foot was also with us, but he was hanging out on Doc Sci’s back.
The German word for hiking is wandern. It’s one of the words I actually like – short, easy to say, and it actually makes sense. We’re getting into the German wandering thing and exploring small villages, castle ruins, and the countryside every chance we get.
Two weekends ago we wandered on over to the little village of Staufen. It’s a wine town, and perched above the grapevines is a smashed up castle. Exploring such a place on a Saturday morning is definitely our idea of a good time.
Below is a peek at our little trek. Enjoy!
Why, hello there castle ruin.
We tried to memorize this map and the various ways to hop to the top..
but, we kinda sorta took the wrong way and ended up here with the sheep. It was a happy accident though – the boys loved watching the lambs.
Back on track, we found this old skool Walkman just hanging out in a tree. Geocaching??
It must have been a day for tending the vines because we came across several workers.
Nice view from the office for this dude.
Hey there, little village of Staufen! The view from the top is swell.
Even my five year-old thinks you’re something to look at.
Though not as impressive as Hochburg, the ruins were nice enough for a picnic lunch.
Not wanting to backtrack, we took the alternate route down the hill. And by down, I mean we almost fell face first on the extremely narrow, steep steps.
The ruins from the other side.
Staufen has a little Wii wine shop (hehe). How could you not stop in and buy a bottle especially when you almost tumbled down the hill where the grapes were grown?
Nerdy travel alert! Doc Sci had a good time explaining to T-Rex how this ancient wine press works.
Spare bottles in case you want to give it a go yourself?
My favorite find of the day – an iron pretzel.
Thanks for letting me share! Where would you like to wander?