Hello beautiful people!
I have been settling into Germany well over the past two weeks (which you can read about in my newest Dear Diary post) and in that time have gotten to visit a few of my favorite local places – one of these being the infamous Frankenstein’s Castle. (Known locally as Burg Frankenstein – ‘Burg’ translates to Castle in German)
Yup that’s right, there really was a Frankenstein’s Castle. It was built in the 1200’s on the top of a mountain overlooking, not only the city of Darmstadt, but many other towns surrounding it. (Because it’s so old, it’s mostly ruins, but beautiful none the less!)
Something I think is crazy is that in the town we live in there is barely ever snow and on opposite side of the mountain it’s like a winter wonderland! There was a little snow on top of the mountain but not enough to make any Olaf’s. These two pictures below are out opposite windows of the top tower. Crazy right?
HISTORY of Frankenstein’s Castle
Here is a summary of some of the interesting information I found on the castle over at Exploring Castles website.
- The word Frankenstein basically means ‘the stone of Franks’ which was the name of the family who laid claim to the land. They remained owners of the land for over 400 years.
- After WW2 it was used as an American army base
- The tall beautiful towers didn’t actually exist in the 13th century, they were constructed at a later date in the 1800’s by Roman architects who wanted to emphasize the castles gothic qualities
- It’s believed to be the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s infamous novel ‘Frankenstein’ although there’s no proof. A big difference in the tale is that her novel never mentioned a castle, it was later introduced during the film adaption of the novel in the 1930’s.
All in all, it’s a beautiful piece of history and I feel lucky to be able to see it from the town that I live in. Being from America it is so crazy to know that I live down the street from something that was constructed over 800 years ago.
Something I love about this castle is that the admission/parking is absolutely FREE. Many castles ask for a small donation of €1-2 per person to help with the maintenance of the grounds; however, this one doesn’t. It makes it the perfect place for locals to come and enjoy over and over again. I’ve visited it 3 or 4 times and I still never get tired of the amazing views at the top.
There’s a restaurant at the top that allows for amazing views and serves a killer cup of hot chocolate! They also have a little gift booth/food counter where you can purchase snacks.
One of my favorite parts about living in Germany is that I get to enjoy the exciting events that they have throughout the year, one of which being in October at Frankenstein’s Castle. Every year they host something kind of like Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, located at the castle, called Halloween Burg Frankenstein. From what I’ve heard it’s a terrifying event and, unlike at Universal, they are actually allowed to touch and grab you. My boyfriends mom said people have even been thrown into caskets and lowered into the ground to a basement below. (Uhm HECK NO) This year the creepy clown from IT was one of the characters walking around terrifying people…. Yikes. So if your in Germany in October be sure to hit up Frankenstein’s Castle after visiting Munich’s Octoberfest!
In addition to Halloween they also have events through out the year, to attract locals and visitors alike, which you can read about on the restaurant’s website.
PHOTO LOOK OUT POINT
There is an amazing look out point, right outside the castle, that makes for an amazing back drop for photo’s.
I’m unsure on the rules for bringing your pup inside the actual castle, but we brought our dog and walked with her all around the castle and in the courtyard between the restaurant and castle with no issues.
Frankenstein’s Castle is definitely worth a stop by if you are in the area. If you wan’t to see a more detailed look of the castle check out my VLOG below! It gives you a much better idea of the castle than the pictures I captured.