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Burg Scharfenstein (Kiedrich)
The Burg Scharfenstein, a ruined castle near the town of Kiedrich in Hesse, Germany, was part of Archiepiscopal Mainz’s border fortifications. It had been erected 1160 under Christian I (Archbishop of Mainz).
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The community lies in the Rheingau on the south slope of the Taunus, some 2 km north of the town of Eltville am Rhein (Eltville am Rhein vacation rentals | Eltville am Rhein travel guide) and 3 km from the banks of the Rhine. Kiedrich borders in the north on the community of Schlangenbad (Schlangenbad vacation rentals | Schlangenbad travel guide) and in the east, south and west on the town of Eltville.
Things to See in Kiedrich
The Catholic pilgrimage church consecrated to Saint Valentine – completed in 1493 – and the neighbouring Saint Michael’s Chapel (Michaelskapelle) from1444 with its ossuary and great two-sided candlestick Madonna (from about 1520)
Renaissance Town Hall from 1585
Churchyard wall, the oldest market well in the Rheingau, from 1541 with Kiedrich’s coat of arms and the old Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) overlord, Elector and Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg’s arms.
Burg Scharfenstein (Scharfenstein vacation rentals | Scharfenstein travel guide) (castle, built about 1160, in ruins since the 16th century) was part of Archiepiscopal Mainz’s border fortifications. The tower (keep), which is still standing, along with the Wheels of Mainz, has been borne as a charge in the community seal from the time of the oldest known court seal of about 1420.
Benefactor and patron Baronet Sir John Sutton’s (1820-1873) house, today the well known Weil wine estate.
Virchow-Quelle (spring), lithium-laden saltspring with healing powers (24°).
The Late Gothic organ in the parish church with its roughly 950 pipes and particularly beautiful sound is Germany’s oldest playable organ. The Kiedrich Choir (boys, girls and men) has, according to documents, been practising since 1383 the liturgical Latin plainsong at services in the so-called Mainz choral dialect by Gothic notes, which is only preserved here.
Champagnerfest (first Sunday in June, organizer: Freundschaftsbund Kiedrich-Hautvillers)
Rieslingfest (last weekend in June, organizer: Ausschuss Kiedricher Rieslingfest)
Hahnwaldlauf (walk, early July, organizer: Turnerschaft Kiedrich)
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More about the History of Kiedrich
Kiedrich had its first documentary mention in a document from the Archbishopric of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide). Although the document is not dated, it is known to have come from Archbishop Frederick’s time (937-954). About 1160, building work began on Scharfenstein (Scharfenstein vacation rentals | Scharfenstein travel guide) Castle. Winegrowing in Kiedrich was first mentioned as early as 1131. The community belonged to Electoral Mainz (the Archbishopric), passing in 1806 to the Duchy of Nassau (Nassau vacation rentals | Nassau travel guide). In 1866 it passed to Prussia. Kiedrich managed to avoid being amalgamated with any other municipality in the course of Hesse’s municipal restructuring.
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Kiedrich is a community in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany.
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