Going back three weeks to June 23, we were once again on our way to a beautiful place not too far away from home (O.K.'s home, that is). It was a hot day, around 30 C (86 F) in the afternoon, and so we were not feeling like a strenuous hike.
A short drive from O.K.'s village brought us to the small town of Oberkirch. We parked the car in a shady spot near the church and then walked up to Schauenburg, a ruined castle overlooking the town.
Approaching the castle:
Views from the castle:
A veritable flower garden had naturally grown on top of the thick walls:
St. Ulrich - I don't know why he carries a fish. He does not look exactly happy, does he? The statue stands in a little shrine let into a wall.
All that exploring and climbing up and down walls in the summer heat made us thirsty! Just below the castle, there is a café/restaurant. We took the last table that had some shade from the large umbrellas - the only seats left empty were those in the sun.
One last glimpse back on our way down. Another beautiful Sunday, and I so did not feel like getting on the train that evening! But all went well, no delays or cancellations this time, and I was home as planned just after 10:30 pm.
Schauenburg was built in the 10th century. It was abandoned in the late 17th century, and stones from its ruins were used in other building projects, as was the usual way back then. You can read more about the castle and its history here on wikipedia.