Sunday, October 31, 2010

Frankenstein Castle

I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend.

Halloween is a holiday that Germany is slowly embracing. The idea of trick or treating for children started to catch on about 5 years ago. Although we did not receive any small children ringing our doorbell, we had friends that had two or three little visitors. We were later told that the few children that do go door to door will only approach a home that has a large pumpkin on the doorstep. We will be more prepared next year.

Here is what we did this weekend....

On Friday we decided to head to Frankfurt to visit friends and travel together up to Frankenstein castle. Every year around halloween the people of the town of Darmstadt dress up and put on ellaborate monster-themed plays inside the castle walls. Frankenstein castle is a castle that was built in the 13th century. In the 18th century it became the home of Lord Konrad Dippel Von Frankenstein. The castle is also said to be the setting of Mary Shelly's book, Frankenstein. We heard several stories about how Mary Shelly actually spent time in the castle while she wrote parts of the book.

The best part of the entire evening was when all of the characters got together and performed the thriller dance.

As we crossed the first bridge we ran into a familiar character.

Although you can not see it in this picture, the castle is on the top of a very large hill and there is a beautiful view of the city behind us.

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