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This is castle Runkel - on a steep 40 metres high rock which towers Lahn river. It is situated in the federal state Hessen, about 60 km northwest of Frankfurt. The castle is surrounded by the small town of the same name.
It was first mentioned in 1159 and it was built to secure a passage and since 1448 a - still existing - bridge over Lahn river here. In middle ages the bridge was fortified by a not anymore existing tower. You can see this bridge in my photo .
The history of this castle was accompanied for centuries by partly wicked family feuds. For example a nephew of the lord of the castle built a fortress at the other side of the river - you can see it right hand.
In 1634, during the Thirty Years War, the castle and the town were totally destroyed by Croatian (Austrian) troops. Later on it partly was rebuilt.

Today it belongs to the family Wied-Neuwied - and it's really a most impressive ruin with some preserved and well-kept buildings. Runkel is one of the rare castles with three donjons and you can climb up the highest one - identified by the flag up there. In the map view left hand I put the marker just at this donjon.

In workshop you can see the castle from another angle.

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