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cultural difference 36b: more castles

July 31, 2010

Rötteln Castle is located near the city of Lörrach, in the southwest corner of Germany, close to the borders to Switzerland and France.

The castle was built at the beginning of the 11th century on a wooded hilltop, 420 meters above sea level.

The earthquake of 1356 severely damaged the castle.

It was destroyed by French troops during the French-Dutch War in 1678.

Here’s a link to a 3-D reconstruction of what the castle looked like.

In case you are wondering about the flag — it’s the flag of Baden, which was a sovereign state until 1871. The flag flies over many castles in southwest Germany, but during the Soccer World Cup, many castles displayed the German flag instead.

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