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Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 26 November 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

We have finally reached our destination. Drachenfels castle was the last outpost of the Electorate of Cologne, built 1140, destroyed by Swedish troops in 1638. When the trachyte quarries approached the remnants of the castle and it was in danger of collapsing, quarrying was forbidden. In 1863 the Prussian government purchased the whole hill and made it one of Germany's first natural reserves.

Z from Shanghai, China

It looks still beautiful and proud! The lights are great!

26 Nov 2011 3:29pm

@Z: I think so, too. In summer it would have been way too bright and the sky probably would have been washed out.

omid from mashhad, Iran


26 Nov 2011 4:50pm

@omid: Cheers, omid!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

charming way that everyone calmly walks past the young child being crucified!):-

27 Nov 2011 8:05am

@Ted: It's always been a hard life on these fortresses.