Castles in the Rain

Hohenschloss in the Fog

On every trip, you always have to forget at least one thing. Sometimes it’s something easily replaceable, like a toothbrush, other times it’s something essential, like a passport. On this trip to Europe, I forgot something that’s just really annoying: a rain jacket. It has rained almost everyday here and while I don’t mind being out in the rain at all, I’m usually more prepared to get wet.

The upside of all the rain is that I’ve been taking some killer foggy castle photos. Rain creates the perfect atmosphere for exploring and photographing castle ruins: spooky, foggy and empty of tourists. The Rhine Valley, on the border between southwest Germany and France is studded with hundreds of castles, in varying states of ruin. Most were built around 1100 and destroyed by warfare at some point in the Middle Ages.

Ruins are so ubiquitous here that we’ve been finding them simply by driving around the countryside and spotting them on hilltops. So far, we’ve visited Hornberg Schloss, Burgruine Lichteneck in Kensingen, HohenBaden Schloss above Baden-Baden and Hirsau Abbey. Hopefully we’ll hit a few more before I fly home on Friday!

My Spectral Brother & Sister at Hohenbaden Schloss

Hohenschloss. Started in 1102 and destroyed by fire in 1599.

Foggy Hohenbaden Tree

My Sister in the Kloster, Hirsau, Germany

An Alley in Hirsau Abbey

Foggy Hornberg Schloss

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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12 Responses to Castles in the Rain

  1. seekraz says:

    Incredible photos, Mary…and I love the gray and fog and all of it.

  2. TBM says:

    Cool photos! I agree, the fog is great with the castles and the ruins.

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