Photographer's Note

Runkel is a lovely and quaint town located on the river Lahn, in the district of Limburg-Weilburg, Hessen, Germany. I remember this place from a postcard in the 1980s which featured pretty and sunny views of different areas of the "Romantic Lahn valley" (Das romantische Lahntal). Unfortunately, this time the weather was not on my side.

Pictured here is the impressive medieval castle and bridge over the river Lahn.

The town was first mentioned in 1159 and its castle, belonging to the House of Wied-Runkel, was built to safeguard the Lahn crossing and has been extended several times throughout history. In 1250 a quarrel stirs up within the family culminating with the expulsion of Heinrich by Sigfried of Runkel. As an act of defiance, the former faction erects the Shadeck castle on the opposite side of the river Lahn. In 1448 the present stone bridge over the river Lahn was completed. In 1634, during the Thirty Years War, the town was sacked and its castle palace left in ruins to this day. Today the castle remains the property of the House of Wied and is open to visitors.

PP: slight contrast adjustment, shadow/highlight and color intensity, resize, smart sharpen (100, 0.1, lens blur), frame, save for web
B&W version in workshop. Can't make up my mind which I like better, however, the uploaded version is more relevant for TE IMO.

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