Germany’s Heidelberg Castle has been digitally reconstructed to show what it would have looked like before it was destroyed by lightning, war and fire – and it very much resembles the setting of 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Heidelberg Castle was first built in the 1200s and was expanded upon over the centuries that followed. However, in 1537 a lightning bolt destroyed the upper castle. War with the French saw it repeatedly attacked during the late 17th century, and while efforts were made to rebuild it, another lightning bolt caused a fire that devastated many sections of the castle. After that, the castle became a ruin.
Story: Hannah Osborne, David Sim, IBT | Photo: KIT