Constructed in 1102, the Hohenbaden castle is now in ruins, known amongst locals as the Altes Schloss, transalted as the old castle, for four centuries the castle was home to the Margraves of Baden. The ruins contain a vast amount of history, with dark dungeons and winding staircases, leading to a fabulous look out point with a truly breathtaking view of Baden-Baden and the the Black Forest to great you once there.
The castle originally consisted of a upper a lower part, the upper part of the castle was situation on a high rock, perfect as a look out for approaching enemies, the castle also had a keep.
During the occupation of Margrave Hermann VI a residential part was added to the castle where the occupants could reside, the raised re-inforced walls meant there was a reduced risk of enemy intrusion on the members of the royal family.
Although a shame to see the castle in a state of ruin today, you can still get a great idea of the history and culture surrounding this beautiful piece of Germany’s flourished history.
Image courtesy of Schlesser Magazin.