Friday, July 8, 2011

At Home in the Rhineland: Burg Hemmersbach

Wolfgang von Trips grew up at Burg Hemmersbach, a moated compound eleven miles west of Cologne that his family had owned for nearly 200 years. At its center stood a 45-room Georgian manor house built incongruously on the remains of a Gothic stronghold burned by Austrian soldiers in 1793. Beyond the compound lay hundreds of acres of farmland -- a vestige of feudal Germany. It was an imposing layout, but charmingly attuned to its wooded setting with stonewalls, rustic studded doors and the sound of gurgling water.

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