The path winds through vineyards, grass land areas and forests and provided
gorgeous views down to the Danube valley. Castles, rocks and churches tell stories of
the past; legends of robbing knights and stories about deals with the devil came into
Through the Red Door (Rotes Tor) I entered into the former city area of Spitz. The
Red Door was part of a fortification wall surrounding Spitz. The name Red refers to
a fierce battle against the Swedish forces in the 30 Years‘ war.
At one time, Spitz was a center of Protestant religion. It was crushed by the Catholic
forces in the time of the Counterreformation. Also in my family, the two religious
forces met. One family branch was serious Protestant, the other one was Catholic.
My grandmother was raised in a strict Catholic boarding school, but she became an
atheist. At the time when I was a child, religion was not important any more in our