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Cochem Castle

The castle we see today towering above the scenic town of Cochem on the Moselle River is not the castle that originally stood there in the 12th century. That castle had a long and colorful history until French King Louis XIV had his troops obliterate it in 1689.The castle remained a colorful stone ruin for 180 years until wealthy Berlin businessman Louis Ravené decided to buy the ruins and rebuild the castle in 1868. But he was not interested in restoring it to its original Romanesque style and condition. He had his architects create a neo-Gothic castle that could serve as a summer residence for his family. (Interestingly, Ravené did this in the same year that Bavarian King Ludwig II began construction on his Romanesque revival Neuschwanstein Castle, also built upon the ruins of an old castle.)However, some original Romanesque and Gothic elements, including the four-story Octagonal Tower and the Hexenturm (“witches tower”), were incorporated into Ravené’s new castle. The Witches Tower gets its name from the time when legend claims it was used to try women for witchcraft – by throwing them out of an upper window!

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Guest 05-Jan-2018 07:58
A grand setting and fascinating background info, Jose.
M & J31-Dec-2017 13:31
Really like this composition.
Zeeby09-Nov-2017 10:27
A wonderful castle! V
George McCarten07-Nov-2017 13:58
A fantastic area, and you are showing it well.
MarcViskens08-Oct-2017 19:51
very nice work José
laine06-Oct-2017 18:24
That is lovely...a walk through there would be very nice.
Julie Queybronac (Bryline)06-Oct-2017 16:57
Like the small way is charming. Beautiful view !
Fabienne04-Oct-2017 19:00
Ce château dominant de ses vignobles est magnfique, quelle belle photo.
Dan Greenberg04-Oct-2017 04:16
Amazing POV. It really does make the castle seem that much more impressive and imposing. Excellent capture too. ~BV~
Gill Kopy04-Oct-2017 03:21
Lovely how the castle tops the hill, blending in beautifully. Great shot V
Julie Oldfield04-Oct-2017 01:57
Really well composed. It looks so pretty. V
Jeff Real03-Oct-2017 13:10
Brilliant work.
I think that strolling down that road would make ones cares melt away
Anna & Christian RECK03-Oct-2017 08:03
Very nice view on this beautiful castel in the middle of the vineyard! I like the perspective which guides us on top of the hill!! BV. Anna
Tom LeRoy03-Oct-2017 07:22
A perfect POV to lead the eye along the vineyards to the castle! V
Don Mottershead03-Oct-2017 02:53
Gorgeous scene.
Walter Otto Koenig03-Oct-2017 02:35
Nice perspective of the castle atop the hill covered in vines. "V"
Fletcher Wildlife Garden03-Oct-2017 02:25
What a beautiful shot this is! The composition is lovely. V
Dennis Hoyne03-Oct-2017 02:07
A beautiful structure with a very interesting history. V
janescottcumming02-Oct-2017 23:48
Great point of view for this pretty scene. V
Charlene Ambrose02-Oct-2017 23:38
beautiful capture and interesting history to the castle. V
Graeme02-Oct-2017 22:26
The castle looks amazing from this perspective.V
Raymond02-Oct-2017 22:20
Wow, I bet they make great wines there too!
1moremile02-Oct-2017 22:15
this is nice. I like the history lesson, too. Interesting about the witches. V.
Helen Betts02-Oct-2017 21:27
Well composed capture of a beautiful scene, shot from the perfect vantage point. V.
Chris Morton02-Oct-2017 21:11
makes a great composition
bill friedlander02-Oct-2017 20:53
A strategic place for the castle, on the top of a hill and beside a vineyard. V
Hank Vander Velde02-Oct-2017 20:34
A beautiful well composed image well explained.
Ken Chambers ARPS02-Oct-2017 20:33
Wonderful View and History, Jose
Jean D02-Oct-2017 20:29
A beautiful capture. Would love to walk this road to the castle. ~V
peterjay4502-Oct-2017 20:18
Lovely scene, Jose.
Martin Lamoon02-Oct-2017 20:09
A great view of the castle and vineyards.
Neil Marcus02-Oct-2017 20:08
An impressive view. The castle commands the high ground.
globalgadabout02-Oct-2017 19:40
a captivating scene, with that castle crowning the much land devoted to vineyards reveals the wisdom of locals...admire your strong POV...V
fotabug02-Oct-2017 19:37
Wow, what a place! Would be wonderful to see! V
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