Germany: Walks Through Burghausen Castle-3

Travel Period : 1st June – 12th July 2013

Location: Bavaria State (German: Bayern)

[ 1st Courtyard ]

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On the third week of June, I finally had a bicycle to cycle around Burghausen Town.

We buckled Dar on a child’s seat behind Vin’s bike and together the three of us cycled through the park, across the road, down the long forest pathway to Burghausen Castle. We wanted to get into the 1st Courtyard as it was closed the last two times we were there.

Although we were faster due to the bicycling, it was still too late to view the museum as we would only had less than half an hour. We might not had time to finish viewing.

We decided to just walk around the compound and take some pictures. The walls were so high and we felt small standing among the ancient metal grilles and staircase. Vin did his ‘Kung fu’ jump to try to touch the ‘1523’ sign.

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We would be back, we told ourselves.

[ Two Weeks Later – Inside The Castle ]

We finally managed to find time to view the museum. We have to, or we would continue to wonder what was inside the Castle museum.

As we purchased our entrance tickets at the Visitor Centre which was in the 1st Courtyard, we looked at some of the things on display. The visitor centre was a former Knight’s Hall and quite impressive. Castle souvenirs, booklets and postcards were on sale. There were washrooms and an elevator for the disabled to go to second floor function rooms.

As we walked up the staircase to the entrance of the museum (look at the pic above where I was standing in pink), the museum staff welcomed us and we started looking around the rooms.

According to Wiki, the duchess of Duke Henry XVI (1393–1450) was banished here and it became the residence of the Duke’s consorts and widows, and a stronghold for the ducal treasures. Therefore, royal women and children together with servants taking care and protecting them were the main residents of this castle.

The first floor was of the Ducal Apartments where the Duke stayed when he visit. The second and third floor was the State Gallery of Burghausen where a collection of 56 paintings were displayed.

We saw several tapestries and Christian paintings. A royal painting of the Ducal Family. The Duke’s bedroom. A painting of Saint Catherine (which was special to me since she’s my name saint). Each rooms had something to display on the wall and floor but they were only a replica of how the place would have looked. According to the official website, the original items were not preserved. It was still quite interesting for us to look at these historical stuff.

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The most impressive item is this painting of a battle siege on a Castle.  The painting was huge and stretches across the entire wall. Every little details of the soldiers at war was drawn in. The expression and actions were all different and very vivid. Looking at it, we felt as if we were transported back to that particular time in history.

“Battle of Mühldorf in 1258, involving Duke Heinrich XIII of Lower Bavaria (reigned 1255-1290), the builder of Burghausen Castle.”

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Details on the painting. Amazing!

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As we stared at the painting, a staff rushed up the stairs panting and huffing to stand guard at the door. She had realised we had entered this precious room and it’s not a good idea to leave us alone. Therefore, she stood there and stared at us…while we were looking at the paintings and followed us as we moved into another part with other huge paintings.

I felt uneasy that we had to be ‘marked’ like this just by admiring a painting. I’m not sure whether it’s because they do not trust the child with us or all of us but we certainly do not see them following other visitors who were viewing paintings and stuff too. Only us. There were other visitors beside us who had moved to the higher floor. She only came up to third level when she saw us.

We continued walking up the staircase to the highest level. The boards creaked as we stepped on it and we had to tell eager Dar not to run up too hard because it was so noisy. He is as usual very happy when climbing stairs.

The winding staircase with 62 steps led us right to the top of the castle, opening out into a lookout platform.

“Wow!” We can’t help exclaiming as we stepped out because the panoramic view was gorgeous!

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We could see Lake Wöhrsee where people were sunbathing and the tops of the courtyards we passed just now.

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It was quite late by then and the museum was closing soon at 6pm. Other visitors left as we went up. Another security staff sat on a stool with an eagle eye looking at our every movements (seriously, we move to the left, she stare. we move to the right, she stare) as we were the only visitors there. I had to tell myself. Relaxed…it’s not like the first time here in Europe we were treated this way.

Wind were blowing at us all around. We lingered and refuse to go so soon. It was really nice to be so close to the sky! Why didn’t we discover this place earlier?

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Later on, we asked her to take a family picture for us. She was alright and took two nice shots for us. So maybe it is their culture or character. I heard they often like to stare at people, without realising their ‘piercing’ stare themselves. Although, I still not had not gotten use to this after 6- weeks there in Burghausen. I’m too sensitive to stares and do not enjoy them.

We went down after taking the family picture to the Chapel on ground floor. There was a Saint Elisabeth Chapel built for the ducal family and we looked at it too. By the way, they have English explanation underneath every German explanation. That’s how we were able to read information about the items and do the tour ourselves.

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We left Burghausen Castle then with more knowledge of the castle and the life of its people. It was a nice visit but we could do without stares and following by ‘silent’ staff really.

After this, we went back to the visitor centre and bought a Burghausen Castle Postcard on which we wrote a message to post it back to ourselves. It would be a nice memory many years later.

State Castle Museum in the main castle (with State Gallery)
Opening Hours (daily) : April – September: 9 am – 6 pm
: October – March: 10 am – 4 pm

Price: 4.50 euros regular / 3.50 euros reduced

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