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Not far from the small village of Wellmich, the Maus Castle is a historic structure that dates back to the 14th Century. It was erected near the River Rhine by Bohemond II, the then Archbishop-Elector of Trier. It was used by the subsequent Triers in the later years. Over time the castle began to be neglected and was further damaged during World War II. Today, the renovated structure is used as an aviary for eagles and falcons. Guided tours of the castle are offered, however registration is a must. Maus Castle also acts as an event venue, hosting concerts, wedding receptions and other events.
Oberwesel's medieval atmosphere is apparent when you enter the city, with several of its original 21 towers and the impressive Schönburg Castle peeking through its charming Middle Rhein townscape. Apart from these renowned landmarks, a trip to Oberwesel also calls for a visit to the Gothic Liebfrauenkirche church, a marvelous structure replete with a gilded altar and stained-glass windows, which also affords stunning views of the river. The town center or Altstadt is a delight in itself, a picturesque medieval core frozen in time. Also take some time out to explore Oberwesel's local market for souvenirs and handicrafts.
Het gouden altaar, één van de waardevolste gebeeldhouwde altaren van het Rijnland, siert het interieur van deze kerk.
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.
Straddling the Rhine, Kaub is a scenic town surrounded by verdant locales and low-lying hills draped in vivid greenery. Its perfectly landscaped terrain is dotted with a series of medieval structures and fortifications, portraying a striking blend between nature and historic vestiges. Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, widely considered as the most prominent feature of the town, occupies an elevated position on the river, located on a rock. Burg Gutenfels and the Blüchermuseum are some other landmarks.
Located just a few train stops north of Rüdesheim, Kaub is the sleepy village alternative to the former’s tourist-frequented Drosselgasse. Gutenfels Castle was erected as a no-frills fortress in 1220, passing through the hands of many conquerors before it became an imposing hotel in the 20th century. It earned the name of Gutenfels, or good rock, after successfully resisting a siege of 39 days in 1504. Although the hotel closed in 2006 after being sold to a private owner, the path through the vineyard terraces leading up to the castle is still open to the public, and offers a spectacular view of the UNESCO designated world heritage Rhine Gorge and the toll gate “castle” Pfalz below.