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Castle-fortress of Hohen Neuffen

(Choose the picture you like best. The haze of a humid day made it difficult to get the clarity I was hoping for, and the ruins themselves are not so “romantic” for splendid shots, so I spent most of the time shooting was below the castle than the edifice itself.)
The castle-fortress of Hohen Neuffen is located not far outside of Stuttgart, in southern Germany. It overlooks the expansive Swabian Alb (An “Alb” is similar to a plateau) which covers much of the southern part of this state. It is one of the largest castle ruins in southwestern Germany is noted for having withstood all attacks and seiges.

It fell into disuse toward the end of the Napoleanic era and, like some nuclear weapons in some countries today, began to be dismantled and the blocks and stones sold to locals for building purposes. Much of the castle was taken down, but the process was stopped not soon after, and much still remains and a bit has even been restored.

A restaurant was put up there long ago, and Burg Hohenneuffen is now preserved. It is a wonderful hike via foot or bicycle through a variety of paths of different widths throughout the dense forest that covers the small mountain on which it sits.

The town of Neuffen below, which dates prior to the 1200s, is a nice town to visit as well. Spick and span streets, nicely painted houses with orchards, and this grafitti-hating camera-buff is pleased to announce that it is pretty much grafitti-free! I guess smaller-town folk have more respect for their homes and public areas than the people in the larger cities. Hallelujah!

Overlooking the town of Neuffen

The town of Neuffen and her vineyards below.

If you don't like the food, please don't toss it!

The Schwäbisch Alb
Note the remnants of the region's volcanic hills. Baden-Württemberg, Germany, has the second largest natural mineral springs on earth after the region around Budapest, Hungary.

The Schwäbisch Alb

Whether you want to live in one or not, how can you not like to look at the artistry of a half-timbered house?!

The ruins of Burg Hohen Neuffen

The Falconer (with an eagle - falcon is down to the right). Hmmm, maybe he should also be called an “Eagler”??

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      2011.08.29 Edited

      i adore this little place!! wow...but #1 is my favorite capture...straight into my FAVS!

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      2011.08.22 Edited

      Odd as this may sound, these really remind me of shots from the Getty Museum! Do you see the similarities? The hilltop views, the blocks of light colored stone... ?? Am I crazy?? :-) #7 is my favorite, really nice composition. But I also LOVE love love the bird guy (whichever you choose to call him). I would LOVE to be that close to them!

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      2011.08.21 Edited

      i like them all. especially 4th from the bottom and 3rd from the top