Zähringer Castle near Freiburg
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Zähringer Castle near Freiburg

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The Zähringer Castle was the ancestral home of the House of Zähringen, which later founded lots of cities, like Freiburg, Bern, Thun, Murten, Villingen or Offenburg.

This place was inhabited since the stone age. Celts lived there and in the 4th and 5th Centuries the Alamanni remodeled the top of this outlier of the Black Forest. According to the archaeological institute of Freiburg they moved about 200,000 cubic meters of stone to build terraces and flatten the hilltop.

The name Zähringen was first mentioned some years after 1000, the first clear evidence for a castle dates from 1128. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times until its final destruction in the German Peasants' War in 1525. The remaining tower dates from the 13th Century.

Some meters below there is a lovely restaurant with the same name (Zähringer Burg) where you can sit for dinner and enjoy the sunset over the rhine valley...

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This panorama was taken in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

This is an overview of Germany

Germany? Before the beginning there was Ginnungagap, an empty space of nothingness, filled with pure creative power. (Sort of like the inside of my head.)

And it ends with Ragnarok, the twilight of the Gods. In between is much fighting, betrayal and romance. Just as a good Godly story should be.

Heroes have their own graveyard called Valhalla. Unfortunately we cannot show you a panorama of it at this time, nor of the lovely Valkyries who are its escort service.

Hail Odin, wandering God wielding wisdom and wand! Hail Freya, hail Tyr, hail Thor!

Odin made the many lakes and the fish in them. In his traverses across the lands he caused there to be the Mulheim Bridge in Cologne, as did he make the Mercury fountain, Mercury being of his nature.

But it is to the mighty Thor that the Hammering Man gives service.

Between the time of the Nordic old ones and that of modern Frankfort there may have been a T.Rex or two on the scene. At least some mastodons for sure came through for lunch, then fell into tar pits to become fossils for us to find.

And there we must leave you, O my most pure and holy children.

Text by Steve Smith.

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