On October 26, 2010 in a small German town of Darmstadt, located in the Hesse region, will bring together tens of thousands of tourists. Darmstadt itself is capable of impressing even the experienced traveler. However, these people come here not for the sights and architecture. The fact that south to Darmstadt, just 20 kilometers, is located an ancient castle - Castle Frankenstein. It became known worldwide thanks to the English novelist Mary Shelley, who wrote the novel "Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus" that was released in 1818.
The first mention of the castle appears in the chronicles in 1252 when it was built by Konrad Raiz von Broiberg, a local ruler. But after 2 centuries the castle went into the possession of the Frankenstein family. And in 1673 the castle was born Johann Conrad Dippel von Frankenstein, a very outstanding and mysterious person. After a brilliant graduating from University of Strasbourg Dippel returned to Germany and quickly became a famous scholar, theologian, alchemist and physician. It is believed that in medicine he has achieved the greatest success. Among female patients of Konrad was even the Russian empress Katherine I. In addition scientist worked on the invention of the elixir of youth, in which he used bones, hair and blood, taken from the cemetery where he exhumed corpses. In 1734, Conrad Dippel von Frankenstein mysteriously disappeared. Local residents feared Dippel and after his disappearance his figure was covered by a real dark secret.
However, now, after almost 300 years, this terrible story is not repulsing, but rather attracting crowds of tourists to the castle of Frankenstein for a party in honor of Halloween. The main event begins on the weekend preceding the holiday, and continues even a week after. At this time the guests of the castle are welcomed by various monsters, werewolves and vampires, tourists are offered a walk to the castle's dungeon, trips to the tower of terror and the mad scientist's lab. In addition to the tents surrounding the castle you can buy all sorts of "mystical" souvenirs and to have a snack. In general, the story of a scientist and alchemist turned into quite a lucrative tourism industry.