On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
It’s Friday, so a post from otmar should come as no surprise! Today we have the first of two castles from ottar – the other one will be next Friday. Then, for the two weeks after that we will have entries from First Timers. I hope! Come on, First Timers, I know you’re out there, with some great photos. I hope you’ll share them with us. ~WaterGirl
My last submission was Burg Hochosterwitz, which is a very large and very well preserved building. I’d guess there are a few dozens of those in Austria. But time has not been so kind to all of the castles that were built by all sorts of knights, bishops and nobility during the middle age.
As the corona lock-down was easing here in Austria, we met up (of course purely by accident) with friends and went hiking in remote parks east of Vienna.
The first trip brought us to the national park of the flood-plains of Danube / March close to the border to Slovakia.
This is the view from the ruins of Castle Röthelstein. Translated from a local webpage:
Röthelstein secured the Danube on the Austrian side for centuries, just as Thebes did for the Hungarians and Slovaks. Röthelstein Castle was first documented in 1180. The first known Röthelsteiners were Ulrich, Heinrich and Irnfried, who between 1170 and 1209 were ministers of the Vohburgs, once one of the most powerful noble families in this area, and served as lords of the castle.
There really isn’t much left of the castle.
Archeological diggings showed that the Braunsberg was the site of a celtic settlement in pre-roman times. (~200 BC)
The hill gives a nice 360° view: on the eastern side you can see Bratislava (including the well-known castle), on the other side there is this view down to the city of Hainburg.
Hainburg is the last significant settlement on the Austrian side of the border. The city still features a well-preserved medieval city wall. The ruins on the other hill are call Heimenburg.
This is an impression of the path up Braunsberg.
Water Girl thank you for continuing the on the road series.
As much as I would like to visit Austria, it’s unlikely so the pictures are appreciated. Thanks Otmar.
Lovely pictures. I had such a hard time capturing that view of the Danube from high on the surrounding hillside.
Thanks for these! For authentic life experiences (not to mention interesting photos), off the beaten path is often the best path to follow.
These are lovely. Thank you. I particularly like the view of Hainburg.
J R in WV
We too would love to visit Europe again. Our two visits, first to NE Spain Basque country and SW France to visit caves with prehistoric paintings, winding up with a short visit to Paris, and then to Tuscanny to visit vineyards and old walled cities on ridgetops, were too structured.
Otmar, thanks so much for sharing the photos you take as you work and travel in Europe. They help me so much in these troubled times, to relax and think about other things. You are a blessing to all of us!
@JPL: It’s my pleasure, thank you.
We have received our first submission from a First Timer! I hope we have many more.
I look forward to doing some walking again in Europe. I lived for a long time in a region called Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland Palatinate in English). Just filled with ruins of castles & a few rebuilt ones. Castle Nanstein is beautiful. I love walking in Europe.
@J R in WV: thanks for the kind words. You’re welcome.
@otmar: Lovely. Thanks for sharing
Great pictures, otmar, thanks.
I had a few thoughts for first-timers who might be reluctant to make a submission. Pick a few pictures that tell a story. Write down all of the text before you start to post. It’s easier to organize your thoughts that way. The pictures don’t have to be spectacular, we just want to see what you saw. Maybe add a link to a page with more details, like otmar did. You don’t have to say everything that way. I really enjoyed preparing the submissions I made, it brought back memories.
WaterGirl, I have a suggestion for improvements to the submission page. Could the date and location fields after the first photo default to the previous one? It’s a pain to change those every time.
I loved Austria, though I mostly saw Vienna. So green.
I would second this! Good ideas.
I can add this to the list of requested changes in case we have a set of things we want to change in the fall. Suggestions always welcome, thanks!
We now have two First Timer submissions! More to come, I hope!
I love this feature (thank you Alain and Watergirl), especially now, even though I seldom comment. Travel is out of the question right now, and this helps.
Thank you again….