I respect Tonga's traditions and most Sundays can be found at home doing little things, as I was on this day, by sorting, labeling and organizing pictures. Just me, iPhoto and images from many years of living. So, on this particular Sunday, I traveled to Germany and happened upon the Wasserburg again. Sunday is, indeed, a great day for church, cooking, sleeping and rediscovering our changing world.
|Wasserburg - Heldrungen, Germany, September 1976|
In 1976 I traveled in Europe for 6 weeks. Our first destination was a small town in East Germany, Heldrungen, in the Thuringen region. The wall dividing Germany was still in place at this time. I happened upon a picture I took of the town wasserburg (water castle), pretty much in ruin, but it was being talked that it would be renovated/rebuilt one day - they were actually doing that to all the old castles in East Germany. I got curious and Googled Heldrungen, and lo and behold, the castle has been renovated and I was thrilled to see almost the same angle of a recent photo (2005) as the one I took 31 years prior. How nice!
From all the sites listing hotels near the castle, it appears it is a major attraction and was home to a youth hostel. Not sure if it still is.
There's a wiki doc here about the history of the fortress - it's been around for quite some time. It's a google translation from German, so it may read a little wacky.