Castle ruin Höhenbergen: An impressive lost place in Carinthia (Upd. Jul. '18)

I accidentally discovered this ruin in Carinthia back in 2011. I left the highway and took a minor road to the destination to get to see more of the countryside. The road led through a few villages and over a few smaller hills. On one of those hill, right behind a curve I saw this impressive ruin right near the street.

There was not much space there but I could find a small spot to park the car and began to explore the ruin. When I originally took this photo back in 2011 using a DSLR, I was into creating HDRs. I just had purchased a license for Photomatix and used the Aperture Plugin to create the original HDR. My thoughts today about that HDR I created back then: awful!

So in 2018 I re-edited the middle RAW exposure of the bracketed shots using Lightroom Mobile on iPad Pro. The first photo gives a quite good impression about the size of this thing.

 Castle ruin Höhenbergen in Carinthia. Discovered by accident

Castle ruin Höhenbergen in Carinthia. Discovered by accident

 Closeup of castle ruin Höhenbergen in Carinthia.

Closeup of castle ruin Höhenbergen in Carinthia.

Back at the hotel, I did some research and discovered that the ruin I had found was named Höhenbergen and was owned by the noble families Perger von Höhenperg and Windischgraetz. Allegedly a renovation was planned in the 19th century but it never began.

If you’re planning to shoot a film, you can apperently rent this place.

Update: It was this accidental discovery of this impressive thing that sparked my interest in lost places. Because of this discovery I traveled to Germany, Romania, Finnland and other countries to explore and photograph lost places in Europe. Check out my blog posts about all the lost places I’ve visited to far.