Photographer's Note

Castle Runkel is situated on a steep 40 m high rock which towers over Lahn river in the federal state Hessen, about 60 km northwest of Frankfurt. It 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 bridge over Lahn river here.
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 in the linked picture at the right.
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.
It's one of the rare castles with three donjons.
My picture shows the outward courtyard with one of the donjons. The view from this tower down to my position here you can see in this picture.
Castle Runkel still today is a most impressive castle and even though it's partly a ruin, it's completely accessible.

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