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Castles Along the River Rhine

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The great Rhine has been a fixture in Germanic history and culture since time immemorial. Its life-giving waters and the beautiful scenery that surrounds it has been an evergreen subject for poetry and song, as well as a prime location for some of the world's most grandiose castles. Here's a list of some of the greatest castles you'll find along the River Rhine.


Burg Rheinfels

Come, live-in a castle at the Schloss Rheinfels. The establishment is a splendid piece of artwork that welcomes guests to a land of style, relaxation and luxurious comforts. The rooms here are cozy, comfortable and come with modern amenities. The hotel offers world class services and amenities like a spa, in-house restaurants and a cafe, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a bar. Loaded with comforts, a stay here is surely worth the money.

Sankt Goar, Deutschland
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Rheinstein Castle

Perched atop a green hill which towers over a picturesque lake, Rheinstein Castle is a dazzling portrait of medieval charm and splendor, with every nook and cranny bearing traces of its historical lineage. Nestled amid thick and verdant foliage, the splendid architectural specimen features exposed brickwork, a portcullis and a drawbridge, with the main structure being flanked by impressive towers surrounded by a garden abundant in grape vine. The interior is as much a delight as the exterior; expansive chambers are adorned in elegant decor which accentuate their old-school nuances, weaving a striking tapestry for awed tourists to admire. Traipse through the hallways as you absorb a wealth of information afforded by insightful displays or make a pit stop at the on-site restaurant to recharge and replenish your strength. The castle also incorporates other attractions like the elaborately carved chapel and a magnificent room named the Knight's Hall which is hailed for its resplendent stained glass windows.

Trechtingshausen, Deutschland
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Schloss Stolzenfels

Germany is a land known for its magnificent castles and almost every city has at least one of its own. Overlooking the river, Schloss Stolzenfels is situated on the outskirts of the ancient city of Koblenz. This medieval castle was built by Arnold von Isenburg, the Archbishop of Trier and used as a toll station. Later it was the office of the Electorate of Trier. During the Nine Years War, it was damaged by the French and was in ruin for 150 years. It was gifted to Frederick William IV of Prussia in 1815. He delegated Karl Friedrich Schinkel to rebuild the building. The neoclassic architect turned it into a beautiful neo-Gothic building. It was the Prussian King's favorite summertime residence. Take a stroll through the gardens, halls and royal rooms of this romantic castle to get a glimpse into the past.

Koblenz, Deutschland
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Burg Pfalzgrafenstein

Burg Pfalzgrafenstein or Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, or simply the Pfalz, is a historic toll collecting station. In administration since the 14th Century, tolls ceased in 1867, but the castle retained its unique architecture. Built on the Falkenau island over the Rhine, its dimensions match that of the island. A pentagonal tower, baroque tower top, turrets and gun bastions were added over the centuries. A short ferry ride from the Kaub shore takes visitors to this present day museum.

Kaub, Deutschland
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Klopp Castle

Die Burg Klopp von Rheinland Pfalz verzaubert Besucher mit ihrem gotischen Charme. Das ursprüngliche Schloss wurde im 13. Jahrhundert erbaut, doch seitdem sind viele seiner ursprünglichen Strukturen der Geschichte zum Opfer gefallen. Von den historischen Bestandteilen bleibt heute nur der Bergfried übrig. Die Burg wurde weiter ausgebaut und beherbergte viele Jahre das örtliche Geschichtsmuseum, bis sich die lokalen Regierungsbüros hier einfanden. Besucher können die Flächen dieses bezaubernden Schlosses durchwandern oder einen Snack im schlosseigenen Restaurant genießen.

Bingen am Rhein, Deutschland
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Burg Maus

Unweit des kleinen Dorfes Wellmich steht die Burg Maus, ein historisches Bauwerk aus dem 14. Jahrhundert. Sie wurde von Bohemund II., dem damaligen Erzbischof von Trier, in der Nähe des Rheins errichtet. Es wurde in den späteren Jahren von den Trierern verschieden verwendet. Im Laufe der Zeit wurde die Burg vernachlässigt und im Zweiten Weltkrieg weiter beschädigt. Heute dient die renovierte Burg als Voliere für Adler und Falken. Es werden Führungen durch das Schloss angeboten, die Anmeldung ist jedoch obligatorisch. Die Burg Maus dient auch als Veranstaltungsort für Konzerte, Hochzeitsempfänge und andere Veranstaltungen.

Sankt Goarshausen, Deutschland
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Stahleck Castle

Stahleck Castle or Burg Stahleck is a fortified castle on the left bank of the river Rhine. It was built in the 12th Century under the Archbishop of Cologne, but was later destroyed only to be rebuilt in the 20th Century. Towering at 160 meters (520 feet) above sea level, it boasts stunning views of the Lorelei valley. Some of its architectural features include a bergfried, a moat and a riverside courtyard. The castle is now used as a hostel for travellers and backpackers.

Bacharach, Deutschland
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 Marksburg

In der Region oberhalb der Braubach-Stadt in Rheinland-Pfalz liegt die Festung Marksburg, eine ikonische Burg mit bekanntem Aussehen. Die als UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe ausgezeichnete Festung stammt aus dem 12. Jahrhundert. Es wurde jedoch mehrmals im Laufe seiner Existenz rekonstruiert und umgebaut. Führungen sind möglich und geben wertvolle Einblicke in die Geschichte und Kultur der Burgbewohner sowie der umliegenden Regionen.

Braubach, Deutschland
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Lahneck Castle

With an interesting and varied history behind it, the impressive Lahneck Castle is built on top of a high cliff and overlooks the Rhine River. Its massive structure imbibes medieval defense style of building and it was in fact initially constructed in 1244 as a defense for the Mainz estates in Lahnstein. After being damaged in the war, it stayed uninhabited till it was undertaken for restoration and maintenance. The interiors of the Castle represent excellent medieval furniture and art works and the spacious rooms, knight’s hall and the majestic staircase are all beautifully preserved till date. From the pentagonal keep, one can enjoy far reaching sights ranging from the Lahn delta and the nearby Stolzenfels Palace.

Kremenets, Ukraine
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Schonburg

Situated in the city of Oberwesel, Schönburg is an elaborately-built castle that dates back to 911 CE. It was owned by the Dukes of Schönburg for hundreds of years beginning in the 12th Century. The castle remained in their family till it was burnt down by French troops in 1689. After restorations in the 19th Century, the castle was reopened as a hotel. The hotel offers a lavish setting for a memorable holiday with rooms and suites featuring period furnishings and decor. Beautiful views of the Rhine Valley can be seen from some of the hotel rooms. There is a restaurant that serves delicious authentic cuisine as well.

Oberwesel, Deutschland
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Burg Sooneck

An old-world gem, the stupendous Sooneck Castle is one of the most popular tourist hotspots situated near the idyllic, unspoiled hamlet of Niederheimbach in Germany. It is perched elegantly near the top of the Rhine gorge - a solitary structure surrounded by the viridescent Rhine valley. The medieval fortress forms a minor chunk of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and tours are available on site. The castle dates back to 13th Century, and was owned by numerous aristocrats and royals since its inception. At present, the site belongs to the government. Don't give this place a miss if you happen to be in Niederheimbach.

Niederheimbach, Deutschland
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Burg Liebenstein

A sister castle of the Sterrenberg Castle, Liebenstein Castle is another prominent landmark of the area. Both the castles together are called the “hostile brothers” due to the frequent differences between their occupants in the medieval era. Today, the castle exists as a hotel and offers tourists a spectacular holiday in the Rhine Valley. The rooms and suites are well-furnished with modern amenities that provide utmost comfort. One can also request for trekking trips in the surrounding region. Besides, the hotel is houses a restaurant charming medieval style restaurant that is known for offering delicious German cuisine along with an extensive wine list and stunning views of the region. The rates of the hotel are seasonal, it is best to check their current rates on their website before planning your vacation here.

Kamp-Bornhofen, Deutschland
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