Sometimes it pays off to not explore the settings on the GPS in your rental car. After spending two days in Dresden, a friend and I were en route to Prague when our GPS decided to take us off the main highway and on a route that relied on very out-of-the-way-but-quite-scenic byways. After 30 minutes of driving we came upon the small village of Liebstadt.
After seeing that this truly was the heart of Saxon style and knowing that the Czech border wasn't far off, we decided to pull over and do some exploring. Once I opened the trunk of our car I quickly realized that I'd left all my film -- something like 30-40 rolls of it -- in the fridge of the Airbnb in Dresden.
It's a good thing that parts of German highways are without speed limits, because I'm quite sure I set the land speed record for travel between Liebstadt and Dresden and can say with authority that the Opel Astra can move with great speed if the driver is motivated.
Fortunately we were able to get back into the Airbnb without trouble and I was reunited with my livelihood intact and still refrigerated. But the few minutes we spent in Liebstadt informed us that this little village was worth a second stop. Altogether it didn't take much more than half an hour to explore the whole town, and would likely have taken less were a photographer not involved. What struck me the most was how little signs of life we say at mid-day. Aside from some school children coming home for lunch, there wasn't much humanity to behold. The town's biggest draw for tourists must be Schloss Kuckuckstein, which boasts my favorite name of any castle when said with an exaggerated accent.
Later on the way to Prague we would find out that the previous drivers of the Astra had set the GPS to avoid highways, which is what took us off the Autobahn, into Liebstadt and saved my film from its owners forgetfulness. I owe those people a beer.