Hohenklingen Castle, Stein am Rhine

September 30, 2007

Stein am Rhine

Hohenklingen is a medieval castle situated on a ridge above Stein am Rhein at 961 meters above sea level. Its first buildings were erected in the 11th century by the Zähringer, a dynasty of noblemen. After they had died out, the German emperor gave the castle to the Freiherren of Klingen in 1218, from whom it derives its name.

From 1449 on, it gained in importance as Switzerland’s northernmost watchtower against Germany. In 1863, the structure became a small spa and restaurant, but soon had to be renovated because part of the structure began to slide downhill. Today, Hohenklingen contains a well-known upper-price restaurant.

In this photograph we see a vista of Stein am Rhine and the Rhine River from the castle Hohenklingen.

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Village of Corippo, Ticino

September 28, 2007

Village of Corippo, Ticino

Ticino offers one of the four represented cultures of Switzerland, namely Italian.

Long the Verczasca Valley one comes across the tiny village of Corippo, in fact it is the smallest municipality in Switzerland with a population of just 17.

Located at the north end of the artificial Lake Vogorno Corippo is just 20 km from Italy. The houses are built from the local Ticino granite with slate roofs and have changed little for several hundred years, leading the Italian writer Piero Bianconi to describe Corippo as “Verzasca’s gentlest village”. Its early 17th century Church was extended in the late eighteenth century. Corippo’s architectural value has caused the entire village centre to be placed under a conservation order, and in 1975 the European Architectural Heritage Congress named the village as an “exemplary model” for historical preservation.

Keep watching for more featured photos from the book “Switzerland In View”. Also visit stolenshadows.com where the book can be purchased, and you will also find many other fine art prints.

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The Matterhorn from Zermatt

September 27, 2007

The Matterhorn from Zermatt

Possibly the most famous peak in Switzerland is the Matterhorn towering over the village of Zermatt. The 14,693 foot Matterhorn (literally meadow-peak) was first successfully climbed July 14, 1865, by Edward Whymper and party.

Here we can see the familiar peak from the village of Zermatt. Watch for more photos from the book “Switzerland In View” to come.

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