On Wednesday, we drove to Augustusburg and toured our first castle. In 1568, the elec-tor August decided to build a hunting lodge and summer residence. The builder and architect was from Leipzig and it only took 4 years to build. There are four corner houses that are connected by narrow buildings making a square ground plan.
The castle even has a chapel which was one of the first protestant churches in Germany and one of the few Germany Renaissance churches. Renovations are still on-going at the castle but other parts are made into restaurants and museums. It was very interesting. It was huge....and to think this was a summer home. Jeepers!
The tree that the kids and I are standing by was planted in 1421 and it is believed to have been transplanted from somewhere else. It was unbelievable!