I’ve decided to walk all the way up to Wartburg Castle. I can see it high on a mountain, far away from where I am down in the town of Eisenach in the middle of Germany. Buses and cars go past me as I leave town and start the uphill section into a forest. I’m sure some of the people passing are looking out the window and wondering why anyone would be so foolish.
But I don’t see this as a foolish endeavour. When the castle was first built in the 11th century, this is how everyone would have approached it – up winding paths through the trees towards the summit. The forests have changed very little in the millennium since Wartburg Castle was built. I like that the nearby urban areas have not encroached too far. This great fortress has stood on the same spot for more than a thousand years, looking out over these same landscapes.