Stones of Burg Nanstein

Decorative stonework at Burg Nanstein, Landstuhl. 2007.

Decorative stonework at Burg Nanstein, Landstuhl. 2007.

Burg Nanstein, a castle located in Landstuhl, Germany, was built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1162. This castle was built to protect the western approach to Kaiserslautern, a very old settlement at the edge of the Pfälzerwald (Palatinate forest).

Nanstein castle was also home to the famous German knight Franz von Sickingen. One of the early supporters of the Reformation, Sickingen offered this castle as a shelter for Martin Luther and other reformers after the Diet of Worms. 

We visited Burg Nanstein during out 2007 visit to Germany and the Kaiserslautern area. It is a wonderful old castle with an amazing view of Landstuhl. You can see the different eras of building by the varying stones. The growth of ivy and small trees in the walls lends a feeling of ancient decay. This is a great place to visit if you are visiting the Rhineland.

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Burg Nanstein, Landstuhl. 2007.

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Burg Nanstein, Landstuhl. 2007.

 

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Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, Germany

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Balustrades of the Dresden Katholische Hofkirche and tower of the Residenzschloss

One of the places we visited on our 2014 trip to Germany with LutherTours was the city of Dresden.  There are many remarkable things to see, especially considering that most of Dresden was heavily damaged during World War II by incindiary bombs.  The Katholische Hofkirche, or the Dresden Catholic Cathedral, was very impressive.  I marveled at the statues perched atop the balustrades–Biblical and historical figures, 78 in all, measuring 10 feet tall.  To the left of the cathedral is the Residenzschloss.  One of the oldest buildings in Dresden, Saxon rulers lived in the castle from the early 16th century.  It houses several museums, including a coin museum, armory, and the Green vault (home to the largest collection of European treasures).

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Statues of Biblical and historical figures. Katholische Hofkirche, Dresden.