Not really a ride report…more of a walk report as we only live about a mile from the castle, Burg Dagestein. The castle dates from the 1100s and was probably a fortified site well before that. It shows that most small castles were more like fortified farms than the Disney version of medieval life. The reason we visited was the village Weihnachtsmarkt to do some Christmas shopping the German way.
Here are the Christmas tree sales outside the entrance to the castle.
Entering the castle I stopped to take a photo of the sign there:
Inside the courtyard were food and drink vendors and a small stage.
In the barns and gathering rooms were various vendors selling their handmade Christmas goodies.
School classes were there selling goodies to fund their activities.
And organizations around the town were there too.
The Freiwillige Feuerwehr (Volunteer Fire Dept) watching the elementary school band play. (Or maybe they're paying more attention to the pretty girl?)
The German Army Reservists (National Guard) brought along some field kitchen equipment.
And like any event like this in any country, it was an excuse for people to dress funny.
It was cold out but the Germans have a lot of experience with dealing with that and developed a cure a long time ago. The cold weather staple at a gathering like this is Gluhwein (hot spiced red wine) which warms up the body and the soul.
Here’s the wife enjoying hers.
And I had some too.
All in all a really fun afternoon and I had a great time chatting with the locals. They were amused when I kept insisting that this was exactly the sort of event you'd find in any American small town, except the Germans get to hold theirs in 1000 year old castles.