We left Heidelberg at 8am and first visited Maulbronn, where we got a tour inside the Kloster. It's very well-preserved, and the monastery building itself is surrounded by an old wall and a few cute half-timber houses.
|Maulbronn Oct 08|
After Maulbronn, we stopped for lunch in Annweiler, a town in the Pfaelzer Wald at the foot of the hill where Burg Trifels is located. We had time to find our own place to eat, and Damon and another friend and I ended up in a nice little cafe outside of the busiest area of town, where we enjoyed Saumagen, pizza, and Toast Hawaii, respectively. It's chestnut season now and Damon's Saumagen had chestnuts in it, and they had lots of other chestnut offerings too, including noodles made from chestnuts!
|Annweiler & Burg Trifels Oct 08|
We then rode up to Burg Trifels, where we had another tour and a little bit of time to look around at the beautiful view over the forest for ourselves. The castle was restored in this century and seems to get a lot of use for local events.
Afterward we continued on to the adorable little wine village of St. Martin, where someone from the local Winzergenossenschaft (vintner's collective) gave us a short tour through town, then hosted a wine tasting! This must be one of the best things to do with a crowd of people who don't all know each other well, as everyone ends up having a great time. This is the third one we've been to in Germany and they are always really memorable and fun. Wine people are always so jolly and easy to get along with, too. I really envy Diane for getting to live in Bad Duerkheim!
|Sankt Martin Oct 08|