To the curious tourist is appeared a conventional ascending staircase.
Hardly surprising when you considered it was what staircases do.
The even more curious fact was, it didn’t come down.
This may seem, but if you look carefully you’ll notice the steps have footprints only going in one direction..up!
Our tour leader made us wait at the bottom to tell us the story behind the strange staircase going only one way.
The story begins in 1591 when the then owner of the castle, Lord Byron the Beautiful, in seeking the hand of the equally beautiful Charlotte, Princess de Gorgeous, who had fallen in love with him, asked her father, King Ivan the Difficult, for the hand of his daughter in marriage.
The king was fiercely opposed to the wedding and sought every which way to prevent it happening. His daughter being a head strong girl had demanded her father bless her marriage to Byron threatening to never speak to him again if he did not agree.
The king acquiesced but on the night after the wedding engaged the help of the local village witch, Morang the Forgetful.
The king explained he wanted a spell to prevent the couple ever leaving the palace. Morang being a tad deaf and slow on the uptake mixed what she thought was a spell just as the king required.
Once administered it could not be broken.
Her spell was meant to be delivered to the couple’s bedroom but the courier entrusted with the delivery, a stupid man named Kurt the Unreliable, dropped the potion on the staircase. It spread everywhere and being a thinking spell it wasn’t sure what it supposed to do with a staircase so took the easy way out and made the staircase a one-way affair.
It did achieve the Kings goal as his daughter and Byron were never to descend the staircase, nor was anyone else. To counter this, an external entrance and exit were eventually built, but this was years later when the skeletons of Charlotte and Byron were found wrapped together in their bed.