The Best Fake Medieval Castle

This is a photo of Châteaux Haut-Koenigsbourg near Orschwiller, France. There is actually an interesting story that goes along with this castle (and why the title of this post is what it is). The castle's documented history dates back to the 1100's. The ownership of the castle passed hands a few times before being destroyed in 1462 by a coalition of forces from Strasbourg, Colmar, and Basle. It was then rebuilt in 1479 by the Thierstein brothers. They improved upon the design of the castle by adapting the structure for artillery. In 1517 the last of the Thiersteins died out and the castle passed hands once again to Maximilian I. At this time the castle began to fall into disrepair. In 1633 the dilapidated fortress was taken by the Swedes in their war with Austria during the Thirty Years' War. A few days later what was left of the castle was destroyed by a fire. In 1899, the castle was given as a gift from the town of Selestat to German emperor Wilhelm II. In 1900 work began to restore the castle to the state it was in before the Thirty Years' War. Architect and archaeologist, Bodo Ebhardt, took on the task of restoration from historical accounts and documents. Since some information was lacking, Bodo improvised where necessary, trying to keep accurate to medieval construction. The result was fairly accurate as recent historians have determined. So, in reality it's not completely fake, just mostly. ;)

It turned out (as I later discovered) that artist John Howe was participating in a small documentary on the artist, Leo Schnug (who painted the interior paintings of the castle) the day before we visited. Here's the preview if you know French. If not, well, just pretend. ;)

Technical Details
Camera: Nikon D50
Aperture Value: f/11
Exposure Program: Program
Focal Length: 18 mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed Value: 1/320 sec