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Mouse Castle (Burg Maus)
Mouse Castlelies on the east side of the Rhine, north of Burg Katz (Cat Castle) in Sankt Goarshausen and opposite Burg Rheinfels at Sankt Goar across the river. Local folklore attributes the name to the Counts of Katzenelnbogen's mocking of the Electors of Trier during the 30 years of construction, who reportedly said that the castle was the
mousethat would be eaten by the
catof Katzenelnbogen. The originally intended name was Burg Peterseck. A matched castle on the left bank (to control the bank north of Burg Rheinfels) that was to be named Burg Peterberg was never constructed. Other names by which Burg Maus is known are Thurnberg (or Thurmberg) and Deuernburg. Today Burg Maus hosts an aviary that is home to falcons, owls and eagles, and flight demonstrations are staged for visitors from late March to early October.
Admission: Adults 8 €, Concessions 6 €, Children 2-5 years 4 €.
The Lorelei (also spelled Loreley) is a 433 feet high slate cliff on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea. A very strong current and rocks below the waterline have caused many boat accidents there. Lorelei is also the name of one of the beautiful Rhine maidens who, according to a modern legend, sat upon this rock and lured passing navigators to their doom with their alluring singing, much like the Sirens of ancient Greek myth. The view of St. Goarshausen, from the Loreley outlook point, with Castle Katz and the view of the town St. Goar and its Fortress Rheinfels, leaves a wonderful impression on all Loreley tourists.
Burg Rheinfels is a castle ruin located in Sankt Goar, Germany overlooking the Rhine river. It was started in 1245 by Count Diether V of Katzenelnbogen and was partially destroyed by French Revolutionary Army troops in 1797. It is the largest castle overlooking the Rhine, and historically covered five times its current area.
The city of St. Goar has owned Rheinfels Fortress since 1925. Visitors can stroll through the gigantic area of the fortress, learn about the history in the museum and enjoy the marvellous panorama of the Rhine Valley. One should not miss a walk through the gigantic vault cellar and the labyrinth of the subterranean mine galleries and casemates. Some of the grounds are now a hotel, restaurant, and wellness center.
Hours: Open daily Easter - October 31.
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Sankt Goar am Rhein is a town in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. St. Goar is located on the Rhine, in the section known as the Rhine Gorge, and is impressively situated between mountains which rise on either side of the river.
It is known particularly for the legend of the Loreley, associated with the dangerous Loreley rocks which are a hazard to shipping. It is also famous for the ruined castle Burg Rheinfels. St. Goar lies in the central Rhine Valley, which in 2002 was adopted by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site.
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The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that "a small church" was dedicated to Goar of Aquitaine in 1768 "in the little town on the banks of the Rhine which bears his name (St. Goar)." It is also reported that Charlemagne built a church over the site of Goar's hermitage. It is around this church that the town of Sankt Goar am Rhein grew on the left bank of the Rhine between Wesel and Boppard (Boppard vacation rentals | Boppard travel guide).
St Goar lies opposite Sankt Goarshausen.
Many people visit St Goar as it is the nearest village to Burg Rheinfels, a large castle situated above the village. The castle and towns are featured in many guidebooks.
The vineyards of St. Goar within the region Rheinburgengau Mittelrhein.
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More about the History of Sankt Goar am Rhein
The area around the future town of St. Goar was already populated in Roman times. The early name was Wochara, named after the Rhine in the leading short creek.
Since 1947, the city is part of the newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate. By 1969 the administrative dissolution of the district of St. Goar was assigned to Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis vacation rentals | Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis travel guide), headquartered in Simmern. In 1972 the city of St. Goar in the municipality of St. Goar-Oberwesel with its headquarters in Oberwesel (Oberwesel vacation rentals | Oberwesel travel guide) incorporated
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Sankt Goar am Rhein is named for the monk who came from Aquitaine in the mid-6th Century to work as a missionary among the people in what was then a small riverside community. Upon his death, the town renamed itself Sankt Goar after him, so beloved was he, especially by the Rhine boatmen with whom he showed particular care and hospitality. St. Goar's grave became a place of pilgrimage and the town began to grow. Today, the city of Sankt Goar is visited more for its scenery than its saint. Positioned on the banks of the Rhine in the Upper Middle Rhine UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sankt Goar offers visitors sweeping views of the river. Tourists will want to take a boat tour to see more of the area, including the nearby Loreley rock where mermaids were thought to bask and tempt boatmen. When you are done with your trip on the Rhine, return to Sankt Goar for some of the local Riesling. The grapes are grown on steep terraces up the hill slopes, some right across the river from the Loreley. Visitors should also reserve time for one of the city's museums. The German Doll and Bear Museum has more than 3,000 German-made dolls, teddy bears, and other toys on exhibit for the delight of children young and old. If you are interested in the Rhine boatmen that so touched the heart of St. Goar centuries ago, visit the Wahrschauer- und Lotsenmuseum. This museum, open May-September, is dedicated to the pilotage and signals of the boatmen on the Rhine. Close out you trip with a guided tour of the Rheinfels Castle, the largest castle on the Rhine for over 500 years.
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