Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for German Water Castles

My current WIP is a romantic suspense with Gothic elements set in a German water castle. I have been fascinated with these castles since I was a young girl living in northern Germany. We lived near Munster, sometimes called The Land of 100 Moated Castles. The land is marshy bogland. I used to traipse around with my friend Gustel in muck and mud that called up images of Sherlock Holmes’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, so it’s a wonderful place to set a novel.  

A water castle is simply a castle surrounded by water. There are brightly colored water castles and dark, medieval water castles. I love them all, but am going to set mine in a dark medieval, of course. So today I’m posting a few pictures of Burg Lehenich…a little inspiration for my Monday.

Construction began in the 14th century.

This next one sparks all kinds of fun images for my novel....yep, I'm inspired already!

Have a wonderful Monday!


  1. I have never seen a castle, My husband has been to Germany and he loved it.

    1. I love castles, April! We moved to England when I was five or six and I still remember exploring all these castles with great halls and dark dungeons!

  2. My grandparents hailed from Germany and I would love to go there some day. I've seen castles on a family trip to the UK. What passes as castles here in Canada are just mansions.

    1. LOL...I've never been to Canada. I think my favorite German castle is Nymphenburg in Munich, but the water castles are so diverse and remote. They set my imagination spinning!


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