Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Idar-Oberstein

Kevin and I have been to Idar-Oberstein a few times now.... it's slim pickins of places to visit when you don't have a car and you're cheap like me. Idar does have more to offer than Baumholder but from what I understand most people only go there as a means to an end; the train station is there. Which was the purpose for our first visit there. Our second visit was a great learning experience- everything is closed on Sunday's! We had to get out of our room though so we jumped on the bus and headed over there. We were lucky to find a little cafe that was open and we stopped in for a hot cocoa and just walked around for a while more. A few photos from our Sunday visit to Idar:
Had to enjoy a Beer...
















Shops closed up and there was still snow on the ground.















There is a legend about the Church in the Rocks involving two brothers, love and death (after all, isn't that what all legends are made of). All the same it's interesting to see.

After our failed attempt to visit the town about a month ago, we decided to try again yesterday. We jumped (back) on the bus and went back to Idar-Oberstein in hopes of visiting the Castle ruins as well as the church... I'd heard it was a nice hike up the mountain to see both of these sites but good lord it kicked my ass!
long-ass hike to the top!
















Gorgeous countryside isn't it?






































































I knew you all were dying to see pictures of ye ol' castle ruins... well you've had your fill for today!

5 comments:

Hannah said...

What a beautiful town and castle! I'm glad you've been able to get out, enjoy some local beer and see the sights! Keep on bloggin' girl - I love living vicariously through you!

Angie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

Erin said...

The pictures are great!!! I'm glad you guys have been able to get out and explore a bit.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love that photo of the city street! It looks like you had a good time hiking to the top!

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

Love the photos! Gorgeous :)