I was on the tram recently heading home for the day after a long day at work. I was tired, hangry, hot and the air-conditioner in the tram wasn’t working. It was around 4.25pm in the evening and the school children were also heading home. I was sitting across 2 school kids, they were most likely 12 / 13 years old . I couldn’t help but overhear what they were saying. They were talking about how tired they were , how much homework they still had to do and how awful it was that their summer holiday was already over. The normal. After 2-3 mins of complaining the one girl says …”you know what we should do? , we should take our bikes out and take a ride to Stefanie’s. The feeling of wind against our faces will be amazing!”
They got all animated and excited about their plan and were really romanticizing it. Intended or not their energy rubbed off on me. What I needed wasn’t a giant tub of ice cream to eat and roll around in … no all I needed was to unplug and feel the wind against my face.. 🙂
Königswinter is home to the beautiful Schloss Drachenburg / Drachenburg Castle. Over 116 years since it was built it still is a work of art! Now I am not going to bore you with its history… you can read that when you have time here. I’m just going to explain its beauty from my point of view.
The weather that day was not too humid nor was it hot. With the weather being so conducive I decided to go for a hike! I’m told there are more easier ways to get to the top of the mountain but every time I have gone there I have hiked . Those 2 small girls were right though, there’s something about being outdoors , the wind blowing in your face , breathing in that fresh crisp clean air that makes all the stresses of the week seem so trivial.
After what seemed like an eternity (only 30 mins) of going uphill and asking a lot of passersby if the castle was really at the end of the road we finally saw it! The TRAM!!!!
And right opposite it was this handsome fella!
It looks like something out of a Disney book doesn’t it? I mean unreal and yet hauntingly mesmeric. The Schloss is called a castle, but in reality the original owner was just a bachelor who had made some money on the stock exchange back in 1882 and wanted to build a home / mansion for himself. Unfortunately, he did not get to live in his dream home along the Rheine River because he died during its construction at his other home in Paris . Instead his nephew bought the property from the estate and built it himself.
The inside was also a sight to see. Most of the rooms were tastefully adorned with expensive materials and, what was considered back then displays of bravery – animal hides.
To think that this gem of a place is in my backyard but, ever since moving here I hadn’t been inside the mansion. I love traveling to distant places but exploring my surroundings is a challenge for me. This travel blog though is helping me with that! I will discover more gems nearby and afar!
What did you like most about my little adventure? Do you prefer more or less pictures? Where is your dream destination? Comment below and let me know!