A Typical Sunday in Germany (Lichtenstein Castle)

 

A Sunday in Germany can be a very pleasant, enjoyable and family filled day. There are typical traditions and values that are generally adhered to and followed.

First, it’s important to note that in Germany, all stores including grocery stores are closed on Sunday’s BY LAW! (It’s written in their constitution). This was first a religious rule but now is centered around the idea that worker’s should get one day off per week as a day of rest. That being said, as the typical German would, you need to plan ahead! Therefore, we planned our meals and did our shopping on Saturday and it’s best to go early in the day as often items run out, especially essentials like bread and fresh produce like fruits and vegetables. I am still learning the art of preparedness so stay tuned!

On the contrary, Germany does allow bakeries and restaurants to be open on Sunday’s, so a family can enjoy fresh baked bread, rolls and pastries on this nice day. It is very typical for the father of the house to make a trip to the bakery in the morning and grab breads and rolls for breakfast or brunch. Based on this tradition, we headed out Sunday morning in search for a bakery to grab our goodies!

Sonntags Frühstück! (Happy Sunday!)

For breakfast (or Frühstück) Germans love bread (this is very similar to the French breakfast consisting of baguette). They love bread rolls with egg, sometimes meat and/or cheese, or sweeter pastry bread with jam/nutella. There’s also the option of pretzel for breakfast with butter. For me, I don’t crave something savory in the morning but it’s definitely worth a try! Also, coffee, tea or juice is administered. 

It’s also traditional especially with family to do a big, hot lunch with a nice meat. I found this also was the same in France where the midday meal was the biggest and most important of the day. I have never preferred this way as I enjoy a bigger dinner and feel tired after eating more. Nonetheless, I can’t shake tradition!

Afterwards, around 3pm, it’s very typical for families to go on an outdoor outing together (if not, meet someone for coffee) and this can be anything from adventure parks to sightseeing in the area. In our case, and for many others too, this was going to see a local castle! 

The Lichtenstein castle is in the Baden-Württemberg region in the Swabian Alps and is absolutely a fairytale castle. It’s playful, rather quaint and medieval with starking views of the hills and town down below at about 800 meters above sea level. We were there in the fall so our eyes were delighted by the leaves changing colors on a misty, October day. To say the least, it was breathtaking!

Lichtenstein means “bright stone”

As shown above, the castle (or Schloss in German) is settled upon an ancient rock and a piece of this rock is actually nestled in one of the rooms of the castle.

Interestingly enough, this castle was built as a vision of what would have been a medieval castle in its day and age. The historical property was first used in the 12th century as a fortress, and in the 1800’s it became a hunting lodge for King Friedrich I of Württemberg, however it wasn’t until the 1900’s the castle was constructed on the foundational walls. There’s also a book called “Lichtenstein” written by Wilhelm Hauff who refers to this castle and it became widely popuarized. Today, the castle is owned by a family who lives there and hosts guided tours of the interior. It’s very well kept and has a restaurant and other activies nearby too. 

This knight stands as you approach the castle and is carved entirely from wood from the tree where it stood.

Thanks for reading about a typical Sunday or Sonntag in Germany! If you’re interested in the Schloss Lichtenstein, check out their website. Tours for adults are 8 Euros and only in German, however English pamphlets are provided and the staff is multilingual and very nice 🙂 

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