Wild Castles Documentary Series Overview


Nature Documentary hosted by Josh Goodman, published by Smithsonian Channel broadcasted as part of Smithsonian Earth series in 2017.

The abandoned castles of Europe have been overtaken by the rich natural environments flourishing around them.


The abandoned castles of Europe are magnificent markers of the continent’s tempestuous history. But where they once hosted royalty, these empty, hulking structures are now overtaken by the wildlife and rich natural environments flourishing around them. From peregrine falcons ruling the bell towers of Germany’s Heidelberg Castle, to exotic amphibians thriving in the spring-fed fountains of Spain’s iconic Alhambra, explore the curious history of these imposing European structures and the creatures that call them home.

Wild Castles Series

  • Episode 01: Heidelberg – Secrets in Stone.
  • Episode 02: Carcassonne – The Realm of the Owl.
  • Episode 03: Predjama – Hidden Caves of Slovenia.
  • Episode 04: Alhambra – The Oasis in the Desert.
  • Episode 05: Neuschwanstein – The False Paradise.

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s): Josh Goodman.
  • Director(s): Michael R. Gartner.
  • Producer(s): Anna Sand, Craig Colby, and Dennis Wells.
  • Writer(s): Michael R. Gartner and Jared Lipworth.
  • Music: Lukas Kiedaisch and Andreas Schafer.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s): Stefan Kolbe.
  • Production: Blue Ant Media.
  • Distributor(s): Smithsonian Channel.
  • Release Date: 2017.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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