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Roads to Ruins; A book for the road and home

Convenient in size and flexibility, travels well and displays beautifully

The Roads to Ruins book was designed to serve a number of goals. First was to assemble a collection of true warrior castles (see my description under ABOUT) from Germany. Many books have been published to highlight several widely known castles representing countries around the world. That approach, while successful in its own way, fails to convey the enormity of the number of castles in any one nation. Neither does it provide any assistance to travelers seeking to experience castles first hand. The subject of castles is, in many countries, a very substantial attraction. My initial intent was to present a more realistic picture of the presence of so many castles, in this case, in Germany.

When I launched my project I had no idea how extensive the subject was. In my first meeting with the German Castle Association I was advised that the inventory of medieval buildings was roughly 12,000. That number included castles, mansions and palaces, but a verifiable breakdown is, for most purposes, unavailable. A great number of those that originated as warrior castles (constructed with defensive and often offensive capabilities incorporated into their design) were eventually modified as their battle needs diminished and they became more residential in nature. So the second goal was to draw the distinction between the castle (Burg) and other formal type structures we might classify as a palaces or mansions. (Schloss).

My third goal was to create a book that was as useful as it would be attractive. Every castle displayed in Roads to Ruins includes the nearest community as well as the GPS location. With this information any visitor with a vehicle under their control can plug the number into a navigator and arrive at the exact location.
Roads to Ruins also was designed to serve as a beautiful coffee table publication and as a guide to carry along on castle-hunting excursions.

It also boasts:

• High quality material in both the internal pages and the unique flexible cover style.
• Full color throughout the 184 pages.
• All content and design are new and original to this book and produced by the author. Included are 359 photographs, maps and illustrations of 195 locations.
• The book contains a brief, easy reading history of the development of the German nation and the castles that played a critical part in that history.
• A complete list of all the castles in the book along with their GPS locator.

Originally priced at $42.00 with taxes and shipping, I have now lowered the price to $26 +tx. When ordered through this website the book will be shipped directly by me with great care.


Featured Castle

The featured castle will be changed on a monthly basis. Each will be a castle or ruin that appears in the book.

coat of arms, Hesse Germany

State/Coat of Arms: Hesse
City: Auerbach
Castle: Auerbach
GPS: 49°42’32.59”N  8°37’54.28”E

Auerbach Castle, Hesse, Germany

Auerbach, a hilltop castle on the eastern side of the city of the same name straddling highway 3 is South of Frankfurt. I had been to this castle previously. It was on my route to Frankfurt where I was scheduled to fly home, so I took a room on highway 3 in the city. As I made my way to my room I glanced out the hallway Auerbach castle entrancewindow and discovered this great view. I saw a storm was drifting toward the castle so I hung out at the window for about an hour, shooting occasional frames. The wait was worth it. Eventually the darkest cloud hung over the castle while the setting sun struck it and the hillside at a sharp angle.

The castle is on record as being built by the Count of Katzenelnbogen in the 13th century. In the 14th century it was completely rebuilt and also underwent major alterations in the 15th. In 1479 the castle was destroyed in the Thirty Years War. In 1850 Duke Ludwig III Restored the castle. The castle walls, two high round towers, farm buildings and the well were preserved. The castle is essentially a preserved ruin with amenities on site.

A restaurant and cafe provide German cuisine on the grounds, and the castle view is of the Rhine valley and the Ode Forest.