Saturday morning we woke up with the intention of doing something active yet inexpensive. It was another gorgeous day so there was no way I was going to allow us to stay cooped up in our hotel. Since we’re still pretty new and learning the ropes around the area, I logged into Facebook, pulled up the Bavaria Army Wives Travelers board I belong to, and asked for suggestions on free things to do in the area.
I ended up getting a TON of suggestions. Seriously, this place is amazing and filled with so many fun, family activities. It just makes me even more eager to finally get settled so we can start exploring even more. But one of the best suggestions I got from the board was:
“You’re in Bavaria. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. Just walk outside your door and go for a walk”.
So we decided to explore the inactive volcano you can see in the distance from our new house, Parkstein. The volcano is 24 million years old with a town at the base of it. There’s also a church at the top of the mountain with a bunch of paths leading up to it. And we can’t forget about the stairs. There were tons of stairs. It’s a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon with the family and get in a stair workout at the same time ;)
So here are a few pictures from Parkstein. Readers beware…by “few” I mean that I went a little overboard on pictures, haha. It’s kind of hard not to when it’s this beautiful. The best part? Parkstein is only a mere 15 minutes away from us so we can come back anytime :)
One of the beautiful mosaics of the 12 stations of the cross along the path to the top of the mountain.
Hubs pointing out where our town is.
Slight tangent here but Caleb is definitely enjoying himself here in Germany. We didn’t think he would even care that we’re in a new country but he’s been having a blast exploring all these new places with us and running around discovering new bugs and plants. He’s also in bratwurst and french fry heaven since bratwurst and pommes frites are the staple children’s meals here. Germany is definitely the place to be for his favorite foods, lucky little dude!
As we were walking back down the hill, we discovered these doors at the bottom of the hill, directly underneath where the church was located. Turns out they were catacombs and apparently the doors were supposed to be locked. We didn’t dare go into them with a curious toddler and baby girl in tow. We just opened the door, snapped a pic, and then pried our little daredevil away from the tunnels. There were three of them and they looked so ominous and creepy! Definitely a fun discovery though.
After our lovely afternoon in Parkstein, we scraped up some change and bought delicious and cheap eats on the economy. We hiked to a grocer in our neighborhood, then set up a little picnic at the lake by our new house. I can’t get over how cheap all of my favorite guilty pleasures are here; gourmet cheeses, deli meats, antipasti, bread, and pastries are all incredibly cheap in Germany. And FRESH! This does not bode well for my hips, but makes for some very happy tastebuds ;)
For my fellow travelers
Distance from Graf/Vilseck: 15 -20 mins
Kid Friendly: Yes, but not stroller friendly unless you plan to carry your stroller up the stairs
Favorite quote from husband: “Man, this makes a great vantage point, field artillery would love this.” Of course my soldier husband would say that ;)
Have a wonderful week!