We spent our first day in a romantic castle in a little village
called Büdingen where my good friend Matthias Mahr lives with his
family. This seventh century village is not on the regular tour
guide maps. A historic place in the state of Hessen was the
idyllic place to start a romantic visit to Germany. The founders
of the Amana colony (and home of the appliance company) left Büdingen
for the new world. We stayed at the castle and were greeted by the
reigning countess who is cousin to Queen Elizabeth of England.