From the town of Baden-Baden you can sometimes catch glimpses of an old castle ruin on the top of a nearby hill. A little past the Caracalla baths there is an inviting path that compelled me to walk higher and higher up that particular hill until I reached the ruin, the remarkably well preserved Schloss Hohenbaden. Construction of the castle was started in 1100 and restored in 1830. They did a very good job with the restoration. The stonework is very impressive and it’s fun to notice all of the grounding cables and rods they installed for lightning protection. Entrance to the castle is free and there are all sorts of stairs, pathways, and walls to explore inside the ruins. After walking up and down all the stairs you can sit down for some coffee and cakes in the castle restaurant. Be sure to go on a clear day to see the panoramic views from the castles tallest tower.