Friday, May 11, 2012

Places in Jane Shaw: Ringgenberg

In The Tall Man, the Warings travel to Switzerland and stay in the village of Böningberg, and one of the stops they make is Schlöss Rinigen, or Rinigen Castle. What Jane Shaw actually did was mix the names of two villages: Ringgenberg and Bönigen, which become Rinigen and Böningberg in the story. The children visit the castle, which is partially inhabited by the Rinigen family. In reality, Ringgenberg Castle was originally built in the 12th century and later fell into decay. A church was built into the ruins in 1670. At various times during the 20th century and the early 2000s, restoration work was done and it is now open to the public. The castle is a Swiss heritage site. Here is a view of the two villages that were combined in the story.