Hohenstein, Hessen, Germany 2011

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Hohenstein lies in the western Taunus, on both sides of the river Aar between Limburg and Wiesbaden. Hohenstein borders in the north on the community of Aarbergen, in the northeast on the community of Hünstetten, in the east and south on the town of Taunusstein, in the southwest on the town of Bad Schwalbach, and in the west on the community of Heidenrod (all in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis).
In 1184, Strinz-Margarethä had its first documentary mention, making it the earliest of Hohenstein’s constituent communities to have its name appear in the historical record. The other centres followed in the 13th and 14th centuries.
In the course of municipal reform in Hesse, the current greater community of Hohenstein was founded out of the formerly self-governing communities of Breithardt, Hohenstein, Holzhausen über Aar, Strinz-Margarethä, Born, Hennethal and Steckenroth on 1 July 1972. The constituent community of Hohenstein was thereafter known as Burg-Hohenstein (Burg means “castle” in German).
The original shot of these castle ruins at Hohenstein, was taken in 2009, we´d taken a family visit to the ruins on a rather grey and cold November afternoon.
Hessen can be bitingly cold in these months and i wonder how the people that populated this Castle in the middle ages coped with the cold. I suspect pulling guard or lookout duty was the result of a misdemeanour rather than normal salaried work, certainly not something volunteered.

Canon EOS 50D, F/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 400, Focal length 20mm,Canon 18-200m, Photomatix.

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