Heidelberg Castle destroyed in digital recreation

Explosions thunder, and smoke rises, in a digital animation of the destruction of Heidelberg Castle by the French in 1693 in a new video commissioned by the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany for its exhibition Die Wittelsbacher am Rhein. The castle was once considered the "eighth wonder of the world." (video)

Heidelberg Castle, once the home of the Electors of the Palatinate, has been conserved, but not restored. Its ruins attract millions of visitors each year. The short video was produced by the Darmstadt-based production company FaberCourtial.