On our way for our vacation last week, I searched for a good place to stop halfway there. I discovered this castle on the outskirts of Bergheim, Germany. It is the magical renaissance style castle of Paffendorf. You could easily pass through the village and miss this treasure which is set off the road behind the church. But from the moment you drive up, you are met with a fairytale castle...
We had lunch in the castle brasserie. Knowing we had a dinner booked that night at our destination, we ordered a starter to tide us over. Jos had white asparagus soup and I had the green asparagus salad. Both were delicious!
We then took a short walk in the castle park. As you walk in, you are met by the first of the ponds and giant sequoias. There were wildflowers in bloom all around you.
There are gunneras in bloom all through the grounds.
How beautiful dead wood is! It becomes a garden ornament when left to stand along the water's side or a piece left to sit and rot naturally. Since we are doing this now at Cranberry Cottage, I loved seeing this.
The water in the ponds was so clear that you could see the fish swimming (left) and the tadpoles darting around (right).
If you are ever in the area, this is a wonderful stop. We could not take the time for a tour of the castle but would love to go back one day...
Here are some links I found on YouTube so you are take a cyber tour for yourself...You may want to turn off the sound on the second video. It is a good look at the grounds but the music is terrible for the scenery.