HISTORY, CULTURE, AND MYTH – FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE HAS A LOT TO OFFER
The Frankenstein Castle is not without reason the place where Germany’s oldest Halloween party has been taking place for over 40 years.
The well-known castle stands on a 370-meter-high spur of the Langenberg and is located southeast of the Darmstadt district of Eberstadt on the territory of the municipality of Mühltal. It is the northernmost of a series of castles and castle ruins on the western edge of the Odenwald and looks down on the Rhine plain. Surrounded by myths and old horror stories, nightmares come true here every Halloween.
Viktor Frankenstein and his self-created monster – almost everyone immediately has a picture in mind.
Even if one has not read the book, they know at least one of the adaptations of this genre classic. There are many historical references that suggest that Mary Shelley’s world-famous novel “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus” actually originated on the Frankenstein Castle.
How did Mary Shelley and Johann Konrad Dippel von Frankenstein come together? An incredibly exciting story:
When the famous German founders of philology, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, were collecting fairy tales in the Beerbacher Valley at the foot of the Frankenstein Castle, a horror story came to their ears. It was about the alchemist, theologian, and doctor Johann Konrad Dippel von Frankenstein.
According to the story, the alchemist had wanted to create a new male human being from body parts and the blood of virgins using “secret arts.” This created monster opened its treacherous yellow eyes on a murky, foggy November afternoon, knocked Dippel down with a single blow, and fled into the woods.
There, the lonely monster still sits today, trying to catch children or (preferably) virgins with whom it plays and eventually makes them disappear never to be seen again.
The theologian, doctor, and alchemist Johann Konrad Dippel von Frankenstein Castle.
Konrad Dippel, however, probably never wanted to leave the castle again. He was born there in 1673 and returned whenever he ran into trouble elsewhere – which was not uncommon.
To the superstitious population, he was regarded as a witchcraft master who had made a pact with the devil, conducted inhuman experiments in the castle, and was thus the origin of Mary Shelley’s novel. As an “internationally renowned ghost hunter” claims, the alchemist’s ghost still haunts the cemetery of Nieder-Beerbach today and disturbs the rest of the dead.
The Frankenstein Castle has been around for quite a few years.
After serving as a home, attraction, and inspiration for all kinds of horror stories for millennia, the castle is now considered a destination for many cyclists and hikers. The panorama restaurant, with its castle cuisine, is well-known far beyond Frankfurt and has established itself as a popular meeting place. Dinner events of all kinds and various events also take place regularly at the castle and inspire visitors of all ages.
For more information about Frankenstein Castle, the myth, the panorama restaurant, and events, please visit the website www.frankenstein-restaurant.de.
And who knows? After all these preludes, maybe there is no human being under the scary mask after all…