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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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fotabug14-Feb-2018 16:34
That castle is quite a sight at night! Unique and intriguing view!
Julie Queybronac (Bryline)30-Dec-2017 07:50
Impressive and wonderful view !
kinta16-Nov-2017 08:26
Beautiful light upped castle image! The living lights reflection on the river is also great! V!
Anna & Christian RECK19-Oct-2017 20:41
Marvelous picture, José!! Thanks to share with us this romantic night walk!! BV. Anna
Dennis Hoyne06-Oct-2017 02:22
A superb night shot!
Jola Dziubinska05-Oct-2017 18:19
Beautiful night shot, Jose. The castle emerges from the black night and looks magical. BV.
victorswan05-Oct-2017 18:04
Wow How beautiful can it be Jose just super lighting lovely compo great great BV
Dan Greenberg04-Oct-2017 04:18
The contrasts between dark and light areas is really attractive. Great capture. ~BV~
Gill Kopy04-Oct-2017 03:22
Super night shot - looks like a popular spot for river tours ! V
Julie Oldfield04-Oct-2017 01:54
Awesome light. V
cobler03-Oct-2017 18:40
Love this beautiful night work, Jose.....V
Juliette03-Oct-2017 16:44
outstanding lighting V
Walter Otto Koenig03-Oct-2017 14:55
An impressive night time view of the castle. Very nice lighting and exposure. "V"
Helen Betts03-Oct-2017 13:45
Marvelous light in this excellent night shot. V.
Neil Marcus03-Oct-2017 13:17
A grand night view of this town, Jose. "VV"
Marcia Rules03-Oct-2017 13:07
Wow, huge visual,impact.... Bv
Jim Coffman03-Oct-2017 13:01
This is such an inspiring image.. Well captured, Jose..
Yvonne03-Oct-2017 10:36
A great night shot Jose... but what a history! v
marie-jose wolff03-Oct-2017 09:04
superb night shot of this wonderful castle! V
Gary Retterbush03-Oct-2017 07:29
Excellent shot of that wonderful castle! I remember very well hiking all the way up there.
Chris Morton03-Oct-2017 07:27
interesting how it floats over the dark hillside
Tom LeRoy03-Oct-2017 07:21
One of my best memories to see this beautiful castle lit up at night! V
KAI-WING LEUNG03-Oct-2017 07:02
Very nice reflection and composition! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal03-Oct-2017 06:19
Beautiful light and reflection, love it!! V
Martin Lamoon03-Oct-2017 05:50
Fine night shot. Did you find the wall markings showing the past flood levels in the town
Philip Game03-Oct-2017 05:46
A lovely combination of lights and reflections.. V
Bryan Murahashi03-Oct-2017 04:40
Great night photo of this top of the hill castle. Got to spend the night at this little town.
Paco López03-Oct-2017 04:09
Parece casi flotando en la nada! V!
Charlene Ambrose03-Oct-2017 04:04
Great night shot of the castle. V
larose forest photos03-Oct-2017 03:40
Excellent shot with the focus on the castle above and the lit up town below. V
globalgadabout03-Oct-2017 03:18
the castle rises spectre-like above the town...,admire this two tiered scene..
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