with a side of lunch.
I left the lovely zoo Wilhelma & made my way towards the subway station. I consulted my paper map & just past the subway station I spotted “Schloss Rosenstein” surrounded by lots of green space & winding paths. Schloss = Castle so of course I had to put off lunch a little longer. You can’t come all the way to Germany & skip a castle just for the sake of food.
I really was so hungry & my feet were SO tired from wandering all over the zoo, but these statues immediately captured my attention. They are huge. The vase behind me probably comes up to my shoulders. I could have taken a million pictures of the statue’s faces, like the first picture in this post & the one below. I like how in the first photograph the rain has fallen from the eye of the statue leaving streaks that resemble tears. The curls in the hair & the folds in the cloth give me “the stares.”This is the sun side of the first face in the post. The statue of the pair is called Wasser- und Wiesennymphe or the Water & Meadow Nymph. The original was made in 1810, was bombed in 1944 & recreated in 1982. It’s the Meadow Nymph’s face that I obviously adored so much, the Water Nymph is less beautiful. The Meadow Nymph is placing a crown of gratitude on the head of the Water Nymph, because what would the meadow be without water? Between the statue & the castle was an oval pond with fountains that were all dry for some reason. Winter perhaps? The picture below really is the best I could do for the castle because (as you can see) the whole left side of the building was covered in scaffold & the front steps were crawling with a large tour group of kids, you can kind of see them through the statue. & I am no fan of scaffolds or kids crowding up my castle pictures.Rosenstein was built between 1824-1829, but no one ended up living there. It was damaged in 1944 just like the statues, but was rebuilt in the 1950’s. The castle is now a State Natural History Museum focusing on Biology & Natural History (aka no dinosaurs). “Rosenstein” means rose rock & there is a rose garden on the right side of the castle with more photo-tempting classic style statues (pictured below). Running under the rose garden is the tunnel for the subway, I only found that out after studying several maps once I was home. You’d never know it was all under there with how peaceful & quiet it was in the rose garden. I am in love with that little lens flare at the bottom of the rose garden picture. I did not hesitate on those alluring benches, because I was now headed out of the gigantic beautiful park & into the city for some food.At the bottom of the Castle Rosenstein hill are 3 ponds, which I had thought were part of the Neckar River (later learned, they’re not). Island Lake (Inselsee) is pictured below, next is the Ice Lake (Eissee) & last of all of course is, Swan Lake (Schwanensee), no joke. In that same picture (below right) you can see buildings & you would think that would mean food, but I walked around a couple of blocks & did not find anything, not even a grocery store, or shop.
As I continued walking I passed another huge, engaging statue. This is the daily text postcard I sent to my Mom & she responded “Yes, I like that!” I also postcard/texted it to my Google Girls saying, “A beautiful old statue to feast your eyes upon. It’s in front of the mineral springs near the Neckar river if you want to Google-stalk me.” Text response: “Cool! So did you just give me permission to stalk you?”
I’ve tried to find more information about the statue (above) with the rope, anchor & crown of leaves, but no dice. If any of you can come up with anything about it, that would be awesome. It’s right next to the subway station Mineralbäder on the same side as the Mineral-Heilbad Berg.
It’s too bad I didn’t see that Flora & Fauna restaurant, with it’s fancy Art Nouveau style, when I walked right next to that subway station. Regardless, I was still incredibly thrilled to find the BuschPilot restaurant. Pictured above are my hiking boots, the same boots that took me on my first backpacking trip in Wind Rivers, Wyoming also took me over the lovely cobblestone paths in Germany. Climbing the hill to the BuschPilot I was still tired & still hungry, but it was beautiful & sunny if slightly cold. I saw a couple taking their plates of food to some tables set up under an arbor that seemed a little far from the restaurant to actually be part of the normal seating area. I was happy to retreat inside myself & after they said that I could sit anywhere, I picked the seat in the corner with a beautiful view of the park down the hill I had just climbed. The card on the table indicated that the table was reserved at 18:30 (6:30 PM) for Rosenkranz, which made me wonder if that was actually their name, or if whoever made the reservation was playing off Shakespeare’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern in Hamlet.
I looked over the menu using the Google Translate app on my phone, which uses the camera to overlay the English words on the German menu making my food decisions so much easier. It was super handy the whole time we were in Germany. My non-adventurous side ordered the bacon & spinach salad in the bottom picture above & my adventurous side ordered the goat cheese & beets salad, top picture above. Turns out beets & goat cheese are my new favorite meal, I ate the whole thing & hardly touched the bacon salad. 2 Princess Points for food adventures. I sent the above top left picture to my Google Girls & shared this information about ordering water in Germany. “You can’t just have a cup of water here. You get a sealed glass bottle of water, either large or small (this is the small), with or without gas (carbonation) & you’re charged a recycling deposit of .20 Euro (or is it .25?) & it’s always poured into a wine glass. SO fancy! Also there are usually fresh flowers on every table.” Text response: “Your lunch looked delicious today, Hykel. ;)”
On the way out of the BuschPilot I was shocked to see this giant, mounted boar’s head, more shocked to see a cigarette vending machine & thrilled to see that beautiful Art Deco style stained glass window, I’m so glad I could fit all three into one shot, pictured above, bottom-right. See how bad that was? On my map I saw “Villa Berg” surrounded by gardens & I expected the awesome. Not so. This is the best picture I could come up with & it doesn’t fully capture the disrepair. I did see the potential of course & the gardens & fountains could have been amazing. Below, top left is the base of a light fixture on the grounds, which IS amazing. Villa Berg was built in 1845-1853, partially destroyed in WWII, rebuilt & then used for concerts until the company that owned it went bankrupt. It’s now owned by the city.
I saw a tower & heard the bells, which led me away from the disappointing villa to the Heilandskirche. Built in 1913, Heilandskirche (Savior’s Church) was bombed in 1944 & rebuilt slowly over the next 20+ years. Their website has interesting old black & white photographs of before & after the destruction with more details of the history of the church. I love the stone they used for the church. At some point the picture below, top-right became “locked” on my camera, meaning I couldn’t edit it or delete it. I did eventually take the time to figure out how to unlock it, but now I keep it on my camera as a sort of souvenir.
Next up: Dinner with the International Nerds @ the Pig Museum