In the surrounding of the castle we saw a couple of quarries, which are not exploited anymore. We went for a hike which led us to a canal traversing a beautiful forest and finally past the Gaisweiher lakes and back up to the castle.
|Flower of the Day|
|Parking for the Night|
Thanks to park4night and the suggestion of this place by a fellow traveller we came to visit the basalt cone of Parkstein, created by a volcano 24 million years ago.
|Basalt outcrop at Parkstein|
|Fascinating basalt columns|
Alexander von Humboldt viewed the Parkstein as the "most beautiful basalt cone in Europe". For us it was the first we ever saw and we were truly impressed! We visited the modern museum in the village which gave us a good impression how this cone was once formed.