Wednesday, 14 April 2010
FuFu Life in Frankfurt - Part Sixteen
7th April 2010 | Königstein Castle
Königstein im Taunus, located roughly 35km south from Frankfurt, is a climatic spa and lies on the thickly wooded slopes of the Taunus hills. This beautiful location has pleasant climate that attracted several clinics to the historical town as a convalescence and also a favourite residential town for retirement and recreational.
Adam, my new coursemate (from Australia) had just back from Königstein castle with his girlfriend told me that it's a nice place on a hill of a historical town. So the next day, i decided to pay Königstein a visit because the weather was unbelievably beautiful for hiking! A good excuse for myself to take a day off getting back to the nature again.
The origin of the castle and the town are lost in time. Legend says that a Frankonian king (466—511) founded the fortress on the present castle heights. The first known record of Königstein however dates from 1215. Königstein castle was a royal foundation but during the French Revolutionary Wars the fortress was blown up by French troops in 1796 and now the castle ruins is under the supervision of the municipality of Königstein.
Frankfurt to Höchst by train then bus no. 253 to Königstein.
Königstein in the late 18th century.
From the bus stop to the park, forest, and then the castle.
Turn left to Burghain/Burg.
Passed through the park, walked in the forest.
Finally almost up to the hill.
Most of the hikers were elderly people.
The entrance of the castle.
The Castle Festival of Königstein castle will be held from 14-16 May.
Every visitor has to pay Euro 2 (RM 9), free for the residents.
The pass to visit the castle ruins.
Journey to the castle begins here.
The castle was built up by ton of stone.
Various patterns pile of the stones that built up the fortress.
One of the edge of the fortress of the castle.
The main attraction of the day - Königstein castle.
View from Königstein castle ruins over the downtown.
View from Königstein castle ruins over other part of the town.
Getting closer to the castle.
FuFu had his lunch here.
While enjoying the view with the cool wind and gentle sunshine.
After filling up, FuFu started exploring the castle.
This little kid was very sensitive to DSLR! He really posed for me.
They helped each other to get down from the castle.
It's not allowed to do so anyway. Too dangerous.
If not the DSLR camera, FuFu would have climbed up with them!
Yet, FuFu can still follow the trail up to the castle.
Went up to the tower.
FuFu was on top of the tower of Königstein castle!
Zoomed in. Notice another little castle?
FuFu brought the little tiger along for his first outing.
Enough for the castle, gonna explore the downtown.
Slowly marching out the castle.
Got over the forest and back to the town.
The next post will be all about the historical downtown.