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Castle Frankenstein

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published May 29th 2014
The birthplace of Frankenstein's monster
Castle Frankenstein, or Burg Frankenstein, is currently in ruins on a craggy hilltop surrounded by an appropriately gloomy forest. The castle is bordered by the large cities of Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Mainz and is easily accessible from any of those centres.

Photo by Erin Connelly


The name of the castle seems to derive from a successful tenth century knight called Arbogast von Frankenstein. However, the major connection of the castle with the novel bearing its name is the eighteenth century resident Johann Konrad Dippel (von Frankenstein), who was known for his alchemical experimentation and snatching of recently buried bodies. His experiments with electricity, human dissections, and eccentric personality quickly assumed legendary status, which reached the Grimm brothers many years later, who then passed the story to Mary Shelley's stepmother during her visit to the area.

Castle Tower. Photo by Erin Connelly


Castle towers and the outer perimeter still remain intact, including a balcony that provides a panoramic view of the Rhine valley. All parking is free and admission is free. There is a box that requests a donation of one Euro to support maintenance of the site.

Castle wall and view of Darmstadt. Photo by Erin Connelly


The castle is open from early morning to sunset on a daily basis. From early October to November it is the venue for a Halloween festival and is open 24 hours a day.
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Why? Visit the original Frankenstein's Castle
When: All year
Phone: 06151 – 501 501
Where: Event und Restaurant GmbH D-64367 Mühltal, Germany
Cost: Free
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