Way back in my student travel days, I discovered a handful of completely offbeat sights and experiences like the Ehrenberg Castle ruins in Reutte (in Austria’s Tirol), just across the border from the extremely popular and commercial “Mad” King Ludwig’s castles. To this day, we carefully balance the sightseeing on our tours, mixing the famous must-sees with undiscovered “Back Door” sights like these.
The Ehrenberg ruins are an example of the countless castles ruins rotting away on hilltops all over Europe. They’re free to enter and offer lots of medieval wonder to anyone hardy enough to hike up to the top. Imagine: You’re all alone in your own private castle ruins in the Alps of Austria.
A tour guide has to be careful not to exhaust the group. An experience like this is optional for our tour members. We’ve already had a full day of regular sightseeing. Those who are ready for a break are dropped off at the hotel. Then, the rest of us storm the castle.
Assistant tour guide Trish Feaster helps tour guide Reid Coen surprise our gang of thirsty knights by serving beer at the summit of our little mountain. By the way, many of the photos on this series of blog entries were taken by Trish (for her travel blog, see www.thetravelphile.com).
P.S. I’m on a Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour.