More Castle Picspam - The Kugelsburg
The second castle we visited that day was the Kugelsburg. It sits on a hill overlooking the valley of the Twiste, a smaller river. We go there in late afternoon when the sun lent a warm shine to the stones and the trees and shrubs. Made for some pretty photos.
Kugelsburg, hall with the round keep
This one has a parking lot nearby because there's a restaurant hidden in one corner. It doesn't disturb the view of the castle and you can photograph around it. All those castles need a lot of money in upkeep and renovation, and the lease of a restaurant helps with that. Kugelsburg, remains of the palas
The Kugelsburg changed hands several times, and there are traces of Romansque and Gothic styles mixed together. The founder of the castle was Count Albrecht III of Everstein, a vassal of the Abbot of Corvey who in turn had sworn fealty to Heinrich the Lion. After Heinrich's fall in 1180 the allegiance transfered to the archbishop of Cologne. But Count Albrecht also held the village and lands of Volkmarsen as fief of the archbiship of Mainz. That's not the sort of conflicting loyalty you're going to like to be in. In the end, all the land fell to Corvey.Kugelsburg, view from out of a cellar
It was a nice day with fine weather. We had dinner on the way back in our favourtie restaurant at the Weser. In all, it was a beautiful day to remember.