Hi from Rick: My 2015 Tours, the Best of Now & Then
Back in the 1980s, when most of my time in Europe was spent guiding our tour groups, we had a day in Bavaria called "Castle Day." We would visit two famous and fanciful 19th-century castles — plus a little-known, completely ruined medieval castle hiding atop a steep, forested hill in the nearby Austrian Tirol.
There was no road; we hiked up a rocky, centuries-old path. After countless switch-backs, we’d come upon the crumbled remains of an outer wall. Soon after, we’d emerge from the woods into a meadow. Standing before us was a towering ruined castle, complete with ragged stone walls, broken gothic arches, stranded ramparts with arrow-slits, and grand views making the strategic value of that castle eight centuries ago — overlooking the point where three valleys came together — perfectly clear... Read more