Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Bonn, Germany - Haribo supermarket & exploring old castle ruins

Colourful houses along train tracks - Bonn, Germany

Hiya!
Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Bonn, Germany with six members of my extended family.

I don’t get to see family much on this side of the world but I do have a second cousin (plus husband & two sons) living in London.
We all packed our bags and caught a 4am taxi (I know, 4am, ewww) to Gatwick to hop on a plane to visit my auntie in Germany. Also joining us there was my sister, Katarina, who lives in Vienna, Austria.

So as you may be able to tell, it was quite the gathering!

One of the first things we did there was a visit to the Haribo supermarket.
Yeah, you read that correctly, an entire ‘supermarket’ type building filled to the brim with Haribo. You see, Haribo comes from Bonn… Meaning the huge main factory is there… Meaning there is a giant 'Haribo supermarket' there… Heaven.

Haribo supermarket, Bonn, Germany

Including “bums with ears” lollies!

"Bums with ears"
Haribo supermarket, Bonn, Germany

Annnnd Arnold Schwarzenegger lollies, complete with a thank you letter from the great man himself.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Harbio
Haribo supermarket, Bonn, Germany

Later on that afternoon, we headed for the hills (Burg Drachenfels, to be exact) to explore some old castle ruins. This most adorable little tram took us up the steep hill (really happy about that, although after the Haribo supermarket some walking might have done us good..) to the top where the old castle ruins are! I got a little snap-happy here, you have been warned.

Tram to Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Tram to Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Exploring old castle ruins - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
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Exploring old castle ruins - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Exploring old castle ruins - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Exploring old castle ruins - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Exploring old castle ruins - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany

We then wandered leisurely back down the hill and stumbled across an old abandoned farmhouse. I find abandoned buildings so intriguing so I got a little excited..
(Translation: a lot. I just kept on saying "this is so coooooool".)

Exploring old castle ruins - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Forest - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Lampost in front of Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Lampost in front of Abandoned old house - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany

Further on down the hill, we came to the newer castle (which is actually in one piece – hooray!), but sadly it was closed so we could only admire it from afar. Such is life.

Castle - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany
Castle - Drachenfels, Bonn, Germany

There seem to be a few old castles worth exploring in Bonn and the surrounding areas. This was the only one we got to as it was a bit of a flying visit but if (when) I go back, I will definitely make a point to visit some more as it was super interesting. Hopefully there will be more abandoned houses too!

That’s it from me today; I am planning to post about the rest of my trip to Bonn on Saturday instead of Art Freak Friday so keep a look out for that! It involves heavenly food, killer views, pigeons and decapitated statues.

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