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  • The Marksburg Fortress
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    The Marksburg Fortress

    Marksburg Castle is the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. It has been lived in for over 700 years and thus represents an ever-changing and developing building complex that has been growing into its present shape over the centuries. On the Rhine's right bank, upstream from its junction with the Mosel, a hill rises above the town of Braubach. Crowning the hill is Marksburg Castle, its unusually slender keep towering above the surrounding courts and ramparts.

    Beginning with the construction of the keep in the 12th century, the castle grew into its present shape throughout succeeding centuries. In the Middle Ages, the strengthening of the castle's defences became essential and urgent by improvements made to firearms. Huge outworks date from this time, as does the conversion of a gateway in the outer wall to a strong bastion. It is mainly due to these extra defence works that the castle was never seriously attacked. In more peaceful times, it was used mainly as a state prison.

    This impressive castle, home of the German Castles Association set up to preserve such ancient monuments, presents a host of fascinating artefacts that brings the Middle Ages to life.

    Hours: The castle only can be visited in the course of a guided tour taking about 50 minutes. Visitors will be shown round by guides who recount the history of the fortress and describe what life was like in such castles during the Middle Ages. The castle is open daily mid-March - November 1st 10am - 5pm and Movember 3 - mid March from 11am - 4pm.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 3.50 &euro.

  • Marksburg
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    Marksburg

    The Marksburg is a fortress above the town of Braubach in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the only medieval castle of the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. It is one of the principal sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. The fortress was used for protection rather than as a residence for royal families.

    The castle was built to protect the town of Braubach and to reinforce the customs facilities. It was built about 1117 and explicitly first mentioned in 1231. In 1283 Count Eberhard of Katzenelnbogen bought it and through the 14th and 15th century the high noble Counts rebuilt the castle constantly. 1479 the territories of the Count of Katzenelnbogen went to the Count of Hessen.

    In the Napoleon period the castle was used as a prison. 1815 it belonged to the Duchy of Nassau. After the Austro-Prussian War 1866 the Duchy of Nassau became a territory of Prussia.

  • Marksburg
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    Marksburg

    The Marksburg is a fortress above the town of Braubach in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the only medieval castle of the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. It is one of the principal sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. The fortress was used for protection rather than as a residence for royal families.

    The castle was built to protect the town of Braubach and to reinforce the customs facilities. It was built about 1117 and explicitly first mentioned in 1231. In 1283 Count Eberhard of Katzenelnbogen bought it and through the 14th and 15th century the high noble Counts rebuilt the castle constantly. 1479 the territories of the Count of Katzenelnbogen went to the Count of Hessen.

    In the Napoleon period the castle was used as a prison. 1815 it belonged to the Duchy of Nassau. After the Austro-Prussian War 1866 the Duchy of Nassau became a territory of Prussia.

    Finally it was sold 1900 for a symbolic price of 1000 Goldmark to the German Castle Association, which had been founded a year earlier as a private initiative to preserve castles in Germany. The Marksburg is the head office of this organisation since 1931.

    In March 1945, the castle was damaged heavily by American artillery fired from the other side of the Rhine.

    In the 1990s the castle was copied in the German culture village Ueno on the Japanese island Miyako-jima.



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Braubach has assorted medieval architecture intact, including portions of the town wall, half-timbered buildings, and castle Marksburg on the hill above. Braubach is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Braubach.

Things to See in Braubach

Marksburg

Schloss Philippsburg

St. Barbarakirche

Martinskirche

Schöne Fachwerkhäuser

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More about the History of Braubach

In 1276 King Rudolf of Habsburg made Braubach a free city under Count Gottfried of Eppstein. Count Eberhard I. of Katzenelnbogen bought city and castle in 1283. Until 1479, the Counts rebuild the castle constantly. The castle was never conquered and never destroyed. The City of Braubach was the administration center of the katzenelnbogen wine production with Rhens, Spay, Boppard (Boppard vacation rentals | Boppard travel guide), Horchheim and Salzig and an amount of 33000 l of wine in 1438 and 84000 l of wine in 1443.

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Braubach is a municipality in the Rhein-Lahn-Kreis, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, approx. 10 km southeast of Koblenz.

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