Lichtenstein Castle dusted by snow at Blue Hour
Lichtenstein Castle is described as the perfect romantic castle, set high in the Swabian Alb overlooking the Echaz valley. Lichtenstein Castle is a mid-19th century Neo-Gothic folly erected on medieval ruins. The original medieval castle was first built around 1200. Destroyed in Reichskriegs war of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381, the castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin. In 1802, Duke Frederick I of Wurttemberg build a small hunting lodge on the ruins. In 1837, his nephew, Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Wurttemberg, purchased the estate. Inspired by Wilhelm Hauff novel 'Lichtenstein', he set about erecting a new medieval-style castle, one of Germany very first Romantic castles. The construction took place between 1840 and 1842. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.