Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Bentleys Abroad {part 6} Limburg an der Lahn

On our way to Cologne a few weeks ago, we passed Limburg an der Lahn and noticed the church on the cliff and the pretty scenery. It seemed like a sweet little town, and it's been in the media due to its "Bishop of Bling", so we thought it could be an interesting place to visit. With not much to do on Easter Monday, the day before dad flew back, we decided to make a day trip and go and see Limburg.

The view of Limburg from the train.
Since it was a public holiday, we needed to leave super-early because of train connections that aren't always the most fluid. We wanted to get there early enough to leave early afternoon to be back in time for another cake party (worth it!!)


 What first struck me is how quaint and old the town is. The Fachwerk houses are so full of character - with faces and verses carved into the exterior, leaning over skew, and many with colourful flower boxes.




these walls were bulging like they'd pop any second! 






We weren't really sure what we were doing there, so we just sort of wandered through the streets, stopping now and then to look at something, while winding our way up towards the caste and church. The church bells rang for about 15 minutes while we were headed up, so we knew we were on the right track.


Next to the cathedral, is the old castle. It has three parts to it, since it's been damaged several times over the years. Reading the history on Wikipedia is pretty fascinating, with fires, the black death, and the German Peasants' War all shaping the town as it is today. It was also a prisoner of war camp after WW1 and was the capital of the Freistaat Flaschenhals, which didn't last long.






Having seen the old castle, we decided to find the bridge and see the post-card perfect view of the city.



Once we'd crossed the bridge, we found some benches set up in the perfect location to get this pretty view. 



We needed to head back to the station then, but we stopped by an icecream shop where mum treated us to a zwei-Kugel icecream (we usually frugally stick to just one flavour). While daddy wandered off to get a closer look of the old city wall, we perched on a rail and enjoyed our icecream. No regrets. 



We got back in time to go to the cake-party, which was fun and we met more new people. In total, we spent about 3 hours in Limburg, which was enough to see all the main things and walk through slowly, but I'm sure that there are little treasures hidden too.

18 comments:

  1. Wow that Cathedral looks awesome. Some of my best adventures in Germany have been by following a castles off of the road!

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  2. Those building so close seems scary but then I am from the land of earthquakes so that is probably why!

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  3. The outside decor of those buildings is so elaborate! How cool!

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  4. I just want to move here and take a million pictures. So stunningly beautiful. =)

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  5. Hi Erica. I've been away in Abruzzo, so catching up with blog-reading. What a beautiful place. It makes me want to visit Germany again. I love the fairytale look of Limburg.

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  6. The architecture is stunning! What a beautiful city!

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  7. such gorgeous photographs- it looks like you walked into some kind of fairy tale :)

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  8. What a colorful and beautiful place!

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  9. It is! And the weather really made it even more so!

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  10. Thanks again, to my dad! It was very much like a fairy tale kinda town!

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  11. The houses are a bit rickety and I'm not sure I'd want to live in one, but the cathedral is pretty impressive! I'm always amazed at how well things were built so long ago.

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  12. Hahaha, oh mum, we'll have to have a helicopter flip some time so that your desire to see all 7 can be satisfied!

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  13. It is beautiful, I haven't actually traveled much around Germany, but it seems like so many little towns have these fairytale characteristics to them!

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  14. Hahaha, I think a day is enough... it was pretty tiny, but yes, beautiful :)

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  15. I'm amazed at how much effort they put in, and it makes for great street-wandering, there's always some little detail to see or read :)

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  16. With or without earthquakes, the way they lean makes me weary of them!

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  17. Thanks, the dress is probably my favourite thing in my wardrobe. :)

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  18. I wish we could do it more often, but since we're always traveling by train, hopping off can get a bit tedious if the next train comes much later. There are so many places I just want a quick stop at! :)

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