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Schloss Holyhill

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Autumn is kicking in, and where first the fish and dragonflies were hovering between the little frogs in the water, all colors we see now are from fallen leaves. No more carps.

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The giant Sequoia is said to be one of Germany’s biggest ones. I’m thinking of subscribing it to the big tree database, so it can be measured :)

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3 Pictures from in and around the Klosterruine, on top of the hill.
Built somewhere in the 11th century and rebuild to be a monastry, being used from 1263 bis 1413, most likely by landlord Konrad II von Bickenbach and his wife Frau Ruda von Falkenstein.

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This beautiful Mausoleum der Battenberger, next to the Goldenes Kreuz. It is built in 1894 for Alexander von Battenberg and his spouse Julia von Hauke.
Pictures of the inside of the Heiligenberger Mausoleum you can find here on my blog

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My absolute favorite in the area here; which can even be seen as a bright yellow/golden light while driving on the A5 Autobahn (if the light is right): The Goldenes Kreuz.

It is a memorial for Wilhelmine of Baden (September 21, 1788 – January 27, 1836), Grand Duchess of Hesse and the Rhine, Spouse of Ludwig II von Hessen-Darmstadt (* 26. Dezember 1777 in Darmstadt; – 16. Juni 1848), given to her by her children.
The cross was placed there on 28. May 1866, and is standing on a foot of black syenit and has a marmor plate with an inscription to remember Wilhelmine of Baden.

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The over 1200 years old “Zentlinde“; a not so big but very wide tree, held together by metal rings. It’s called Zentlinde as it refers to the courts which were held at that location.

The tree is hollow from the inside and a whole new tree/branch is growing on it’s left side. Also they’ve left some new sprouts to grow on the roots.

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The graves of Alexander von Battenberg, born as Alexander Ludwig Georg Friedrich Emil von Hessen-Darmstadt (* 15. Juli 1823 in Darmstadt; – 15. Dezember 1888) and his spouse Julia von Hauke (* 12. November 1825 in Warschau; – 19. September 1895)

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And then back home, with the fantastic colorful view on the Rheinvalley as well as the Darsberg with a glimpse of the Melibokus behind it.

Pictures taken with “HDR Camera (free)” for Android

Edit: More “Burg & Schloss” information can be found here:
http://www.hic-sunt-dracones.de

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