This is a fine example of a twelfth-century castle dominated by its
bergfried, or donjon (the tall structure, for residence and/or ultimate
defense). It is sited on a hilltop near Einsheim in the Pfalz (Palatinate).
This wonderful nineteenth-century fantasy was built by Ludwig II of
Bavaria, often called "Mad Ludwig" for his indulgences and architectural
enthusiasms. Its many towers and beautiful mountaintop setting
are intended entirely for romantic effect, not for any defensive purpose.
In the flat countryside of the Low Countries, watercourses
offered the only natural protection. The keep at Doornenberg,
built in the early fifteenth century, was separated from the bailey
by a moat which could only be crossed by a wooden ramp.
A NOTE from Sir Dragon Tamer
about the ART and PHOTOS at the dragontamer's - Most of the photos
we have used in our study of The Middle Ages were taken by Seventh
Grade students at their Festival, celebrating the completion of a Medieval
History Unit. All other ART and PHOTOS here were used with the permission
of their creator. PLEASE do not take our images with out our permission.
They are not intended as public domain. Thanks.