It is only a name. But a name with which so much is connected. You take an old castle, a name, a little historical knowledge, link it with a literary world piece and the myth is born. Located in the Odenwald, south of Darmstadt near Mühltal, Frankenstein Castle is always worth a trip. Whether in winter in the cold and fog or in summer with a magnificent view. The presumed source of inspiration for her first novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus helped Mary Shelley – one would probably speak of a hype today – to become world-famous.
Dive into the past
Between South America and Thailand, we still had enough time to explore our own home country. Frankenstein Castle was then also very quickly chosen for a short trip. The castle was already mentioned for the first time in the 13th century. Not only the connection to Mary Shelley, but many other stories and legends surround this castle. As can be seen on the information board in front of the entrance, Knight George and Knight Arbogast were the talk of the town centuries before.
Admission to the site is free (but everyone is happy about a donation). The castle ruins are explored relatively quickly. But it is fun to imagine how life must have been here once. Some areas are still preserved in such a way that it is possible to visualize them here. The kitchen building, the Palas (the “luxury area”) or the tower with the wall are walkable and allow a great view over the country.
A restaurant also offers the possibility to stay at the castle and to eat as well as drink. Furthermore, there is also a marriage registry office on the premises. For the very romantic among you certainly interesting. Another highlight are the numerous events that take place throughout the year at the castle. Particularly noteworthy is the annual Halloween celebration. Take a look next time.