Thursday, 11 July 2013

Stolpen

Ever onwards and after giving Dresden a miss due really to it being too late in the day arriving, we found Stolpen not to far from the Czech border



1 night became 3 as we rode next day and took in the castle the next









Quaint market square on a slope with girlie shops which brought a few smiles


Beasts of unknown origin on springs




Stolpen Castle, or whats left of a typical Saxony fortification
Big surprise this was as at only 5 euro each entry we did not expect much. How wrong we were as there seemed to be endless stairs and exhibits to browse


Always fond of muskets


This takes me back my lad....


No thanks..


Tuesday nights?


Old fashioned wedding ring


more tuesday nights...


Why have long trials nowadays for bad guys when an hour on these gadgets would serve as well




Most of the town is built on Basalt, more than rock hard and been around for well...ages








Loads of stairs down to hidden rooms, what history they must have




View from end tower





Now we felt quite sorry for this lady. Anna Constantia, Countess of Cosel
King Augustus the Strong of Poland kept her as a mistress and promised to marry her one day.
Society at the time viewed her meddling in politics and royal affairs rather dimly, seeing her as dangerous to Polish political interests and so she was effectively placed under house arrest here for 49 years while the King moved on to another mistress. 





Nice little business this, just down from the castle, guess what we ordered!