Hi friends! So amidst all the holiday content I wanted to share some pictures from a day trip Rene and I took in September. We travelled down to Southern Germany near the beautiful castle Neuschwanstein for a little impromptu night away and, while there, realized that we were only 6 minutes away from Austria.
This was crazy because we had been there two years earlier and had no idea we were SO close! We decided to wander into Austria for an afternoon of fun so we hopped in the car and started driving. Honestly, we had no idea where we were going and actually ended up driving through Austria and ten minutes later saw a “Welcome to Germany” sign…. WHAT. ugh.
Long story short we turned around, hopped on a highway, and I used google maps to tell us where the closest castle was. (I loveee castles.) After 20-30 minutes of a beautiful drive through the mountains and country side we ended up at this place called Ehrenberg castle. This was different than other castles I had been to because we had to park at the bottom and hike up the mountain to get there.
At Ehrenberg castle was Highline 179 – recognized in the Guinness World Book of Records as the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world. (Yes, I said in the world.)
Highline 179 is 114.6 meters (377 feet) high and 406 meters (1332 feet) long. It was just recently built in 2014, so don’t worry, it’s definitely architecturally engineered to today’s safety standards.
After braving this pedestrian bridge (not for people with fear of heights my friends…) we finally made it to the viewing area on the other side. Here you can see the incredible view of the castle and surrounding mountains – can you say breathtaking?? Not to mention it’s an amazing place for a photo op.
And yes, the photo’s above of the castle were taken by me with my mom’s Sony Camera. The view is so incredible it doesn’t take a professional photographer to capture this breathtaking scene.
After the photo op at the viewing area we made our way back across to explore the Ehrenberg castle grounds. This castle has been around since 1290 AD so it’s more ruins but beautiful non the less.
Ehrenberg Castle also had a little viewing area where you could see the Valley below – just wow.
We had so much fun and this little detour into Austria only took a few hours. I will say to put on your walking shoes/boots because you have to hike up a mountain which I was definitely not excited about…. but it was SO worth it! I am definitely afraid of heights but I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone to conquer the Highline 179 and it was SO worth it!! So next time you are afraid of going outside your comfort zone just remember – the best things in life will scare the hell out of you!
If you’re looking to learn more about my European travels check out my itinerary for A Day in Frankfurt, Germany!
What’s something you’ve done lately that forced you out of your comfort zone?