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Dragon Gargoyle

Dragon shaped metal gargoyle at Schloss Lichtenstein (Lichtenstein Castle), above Honau, Lichtenstein municipality, district Reutlingen, Schwäbische Alb (Swabian Jura), Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

 

Lichtenstein Castle is situated on a cliff above the valley of river Echaz (a tributary of Neckar river) in the Swabian Jura.

 

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Historically there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskriegs war of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin.

In 1802 the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg, who built a hunting lodge there. By 1837 the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff's novel Lichtenstein, added the current castle in 1840–42. The romantic Neo-Gothic design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff.

Today the castle is still owned by the Dukes of Urach, but is open to visitors. The castle contains a large collection of historic weapons and armour.

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The Swabian Jura (Schwäbische Alb, (also, rarely) Schwäbischer Jura), sometimes also given the name Swabian Alps in English, is a low mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, extending 220 km (140 mi) from southwest to northeast and 40 to 70 km (25 to 43 mi) in width. It is named after the region of Swabia.

The Swabian Jura occupies the region bounded by the Danube in the southeast and the upper Neckar in the northwest. In the southwest it rises to the higher mountains of the Black Forest. The highest mountain of the region is the Lemberg (1,015 m (3,330 ft)). The area's profile resembles a high plateau, which slowly falls away to the southeast. The northwestern edge is a steep escarpment (called the Albtrauf or Albanstieg, rising up 400 m (1,300 ft), covered with forests), while the top is flat or gently hilled.

In economic and cultural terms, the Schwäbische Alb includes regions just around the mountain range. It is a popular recreation area.

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October 2010

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