In 1673, Johann Conrad Dippel was born in the castle, where he was later engaged as a professional alchemist. It is suggested that Dippel influenced Mary Shelley’s fantasy when she wrote her Frankenstein novel, though there is no mention of the castle in Shelley’s journals from the time. However, it is known that in 1814, prior to writing the famous novel, Shelley took a journey on the river Rhine. She spent a few hours in the town of Gernsheim, which is located about ten miles away from the castle. Several nonfiction books on the life of Mary Shelley claim Dippel as a possible influence.

The hilltop castle is thought that this castle may have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her 1818 Gothic novel Frankenstein / Ιmage: memolands.com

There are rumors that during his stay at Frankenstein Castle, Dippel practiced not only alchemy but also anatomy and may have performed experiments on dead bodies that he exhumed. There are rumors that he dug up bodies and performed medical experiments on them at the castle and that a local cleric would have warned his parish that Dippel had created a monster that was brought to life.

Ruins of Frankenstein Castle / Image: memolands.com

There are local people who still claim today that this actually happened and that this tale was related to Shelley’s stepmother by the Brothers Grimm, the German ethnologists. However, none of these claims have been proven to this date, and some local researchers doubt any connection between Mary Shelley and Frankenstein Castle.


Featured Image: Frankenstein 1931 Distributed by Universal Pictures

Websites: frankenstein-restaurant.de, frankenstein-halloween.de



Latest Posts

The Merchandise Mart – The giant two-block building in Chicago

The commercial building was opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world,…

Estudios San Miguel – The Argentine film studio of the golden age in Buenos Aires

Miguel Machinandiarena founded the company in 1937 with his brothers Narciso and Silvestre and began…

The Bluesmobile – The former patrol car falls apart in Chicago

The Dodge Monaco sedan 1974 that was prominently featured in the 1980 Universal Pictures film…

Monument of Zalongo – The memorial of the sacrifice of Greek women in Zalongo

A 1961 monumental sculpture by George Zongolopoulos, commemorating the Dance of Zalongo. It is located…

The Creation of Adam – The first man and God reaching toward one another in the Vatican City

The fresco is part of a complex iconographic scheme and is chronologically the fourth in…

Adolphe Sax – The birthplace of father of the saxophone in Dinant

Belgian inventor and musician was born on 6 November 1814, in the street that has…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Contact Us