20 October 2020

A Week in Franconia: Plassenburg Castle

I headed to Kulmbach because I wanted to check out Plassenburg Castle. This is one of the most impressive castles in the country, and was mentioned as early as 1135. Many aristocratic rulers used Plassenburg as a base, yet nowadays, it is open to the public, and contains several museums.

The castle, as with most typical castles and fortresses, is located above the town, so it's a slight hike to get to the entrance. There is a very well-marked path from the Old Town to the castle. So I just slowly yet surely followed that, climbing up, and I slowly emerged from the town, headed through the greenery, and found myself by the castle's doorstep.

As typical with many castles, there are several layers of fortifications, and so in order to enter the very interior, you have to go through several courtyards and systems of walls. Same with Plassenburg. After entering the first door, there's a courtyard, but one has to go further and enter several other doors to go to the very middle.

There is a wonderful view of the town below from one of the balconies.

The interior courtyard is lovely, with its balconies and windows. That being said, I don't think I would want to live here, as it is definitely very isolated from the rest of the world. I definitely prefer to be within the city beneath. In any case, I only meant to stay temporarily, by visiting the museums that are in this castle.

There are four museums altogether, and the most important one is the Tin Figure Museum. I definitely had fun with that, and I am devoting an entire post just for that topic. The rest of the museums are depicted above, which shows a range of topics, from local history to archaeology. Some were just marginally interesting, but in any case, I am glad that it gave me an opportunity to explore this place.

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