Velburg, Germany

 Visited the small town of Velburg, First we went to the König-Otto-Tropfsteinhöhle Cave. Which was discovered on September 30, 1895 and named after King Otto.  Decades later, a hidden part of the cave was discovered in 1972.  The cave is known for it's stalagmites.  The view inside the cave is reminiscent of a fairy tale castle.  Tours are given in English and German.

Later in the day we went to explore the castle remains in Velburg.  Der Velburger Schlossberg. was first mentioned in 1129.  In 1450 the castle was burned down and completely restored.  During the Thirty Years War, the castle was again damaged but this time it was not restored.  There have been several attempts since to try and restore the castle.  Today, the castle ruins have only been preserved and one can park their car and hike up the steep hill to the castle and explore.

Towards the end of the day we went to the city center and viewed the Town Hall of Velburg.  This beautiful structure was rebuilt in 1863-1865 and reflects the Gothic Revival.

Here is a beautiful church in Velburg.  I couldn't find the name of the church so if you know it leave a comment.  The inside is ornate and Baroque, as many churches in Germany are built in this fashion, originating from Italy.  You can see the gorgeous murals on the church walls.  Looking a little closer you notice that the murals are on the grim side.  (You can see a man being beheaded in the last picture.)

 Before we left Velburg we had dinner at a greek restaurant called the Akropolis.  A lot of Americans go there on weekends.  I had a fish platter and didn't really care for the textures I had on my plate.  My husband had lamb and loved it.

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