Photographer's Note

A medieval castle or some kind of stronghold, strategically situated above a gorge or a canyon, in order to protect the country and its inhabitants when threatened by intruders? That's what I thought too, but where?

I had great difficulties pinpointing the location of the image, as I found the photo in a box among those regarded as "inferior". And I couldn't find any negative film. But sorting all copies from 2002 according to the time stamps on their backs helped me create a geographic frame.

I'd stayed overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, and I'd made a longer stop in Innsbruck in Austria, before continuing to Zell am Ziller. So I used GoogleEarth to scan the road via Mittenwald and over the border into Austria.

Sadly there's no StreetView of this part of the world, so I was left with viewing uploaded photos, opening them as I went along. And just north of Seefeld I was lucky, as I found a similar shot called "SchloŖ bei Seefeld", which agreed with mine. Eureka!

And then the big surprise: It's not an old castle! It was built in 1998 as an "interactive PlayCastle", but went bankruptcy and was closed already after one year. But, after more than a decade of decadence - and thatís what makes this image actual - a new owner tries to bring it back to life again. This month!

Well, good luck! But I think most people come to this part of the world for the scenic view!

Scanned from a color print at 600dpi and post-processed in Photoshop CS5.

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