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Pottenstein & Streitberg

As we were driving to Bamberg we passed by Pottenstein and got to see some beautiful sights. There’s a castle that is located on top of a cliff which was super cool to see. Ruins and caves are all over the city too which makes this charming the little town so interesting! The thousand years old castle of Pottenstein, located about sixty meters above the small town of Pottenstein (founded in 1348), gives a beautiful and characteristical view of both landscape and town. Inside the castle a museum presents its objects the old fashioned way starting with the cellar visualising the Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648) in Germany besides some remarkable historical and prehistorical findings of the territory, then three completely furnished rooms, dining room with oven and a rotating historistical painting from 1880 with hunting scenes made by a deaf and dumb artist from Nürnberg, Paul Ritte.

Saint Elisabeth, widow of Ludwig IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, was held hostage within its walls from 1228 to 1229. Many buildings bear her name even today. According to legend, while she was being threatened, the eggs and lard in her basket were transformed into beautiful roses — a local adaptation of the famous Miracle of the roses. Since 2004 there has been a marked walking route through the town, known as the “Elisabeth Route”. The market square, with its statue of Saint Elisabeth, the Catholic Church, shops, restaurants and hotels form the central area of the city. The guestrooms are mostly in the residential areas, in the valleys leading out of the centre of town and in and above the cliffs overlooking the town. Easily reached from all the residential areas is the health centre with its massage department/medical swim therapy department, station for respiratory illnesses in Devil’s Cave, the Kneipp facility, the tourist information centre, the park, putting green, tennis courts, Schöngrund Lake with its rowing boats and pedalos, the “summer bobsleigh route”. the “Felsenbad” (between the rocks), and golfcourse.

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