My Favorite Castle Ruins in Germany


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I recently visited some castle ruins that quickly became my favorite castles ruins out of the ~25,000 castles/ruins in Germany.

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My Favorite Castle Ruins in Germany

  1. 1. My Favorite Castle Ruins in Germany /f avorite-castle-ruins-in-germany I have explored quite a few castle ruins in Germany. While I always enjoy visiting them, I recently visited some castle ruins that took my breath away. T he Baden-Baden Castle Ruins quickly became my f avorite castles ruins in Germany. This is a bold statement considering there are ~ 25,000 castles/castle ruins in Germany. After looking at the photos you will see why: Baden- Baden is a spa town
  2. 2. Baden- Baden is a spa town located in the northern Black Forest Bill Clinton once famously quoted “Baden- Baden is so nice that you have to name it twice.” Officially the castle is known as Hohenbaden Castle, but locally as Altes Schloss, meaning Old Castle, a well deserved name considering the castle was built in 1102. The castle sits high on a hill which ambitious visitors can reach through a forested hiking path. Less energetic visitors via car, similar to Hohenz ollern Castle. Once visitors have passed the entrance way, this is what awaits them (above photo). T he Baden-Baden Castle Ruins are by f ar the largest castle ruins I’ve ever been to! They’re much larger than the castle ruins in Stuttgart or other castle ruins that I have come across while hiking. Normally I can explore castle ruins in about 10 minutes. It took us over 30 minutes to f ully explore these castle ruins complete with secret dungeons! I was seriously jealous of the people having breakfast (shown in above photo) on the castle ruins makeshift terrace. There is Th e e n tr a n ce to Al te s S ch l o s s ( O l d Ca s tl e ) i n B a d e n B a d e n .
  3. 3. ruins makeshift terrace. There is also a In te r i o r o f th e ca s tl e r u i n s i n B a d e n -B a d e n .
  4. 4. Th e ca s tl e r u i n s i n B a d e n B a d e n a r e th e l a r g e s t ca s tl e r u i n s I’ve e xp l o r e d i n G e r m a n y. restaurant in the castle ruins, but the view from where they were sitting is outstanding! Needless to say I already hinted, perhaps not so subtly, to J.P. (my German fiance) how grateful I would be if he could make this happen someday. Not only is the Baden-
  5. 5. Not only is the BadenBaden Castle Ruin the largest castle ruin I have ever been too, but it also houses Europe’s largest wind harp! The harp has 120 strings and measures almost 4 meters! There was a gentle breez e the day we went and a soft calming sound could be heard from the wind harp. Th e l a r g e s t wi n d h a r p i n Eu r o p e i s a l s o fo u n d a t th i s ca s tl e r u i n i n B a d e n -B a d e n .
  6. 6. The views from this castle ruins are impressive overlooking both the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley. The views are maximiz ed by the walkway at the top of the castle ruins. I can see why the Margraves of Baden (a title given to the counts of Baden) choose to live here from the 11th to the 15th century. The
  7. 7. The Th e ca s tl e r u i n s h a ve b u i l t i n m o d e r n l i g h te n i n g p r o te cti o n . outstanding views afforded by the castle ruins do have a downside though. The risk of being struck by lightening! It’s a real concern as many castles in Germany have been badly damaged by lightening at some point. I.e. Heidelberg Castle. Fortunately the Altes Schloss has modern built in lightening protection in which if it gets struck, the current runs down these wires and into the ground. (I’m sure it’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the gist of it).
  8. 8. As if t hat Vi e w o f th e ca s tl e r u i n s a n d th e B l a ck Fo r e s t. wasn’t enough, guess what t he cost is t o ent er t he Baden-Baden Cast le Ruins?……FREE! Unbelievable! For more information see the City of Baden- Baden Tourist information Baden- Baden About Laurel Laurel Robbins is a free- spirited adventurer, award- winning travel blogger at Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel Blog. Many hats, one travel obsessed Canadian in Germany.