Rheinfels Castle

Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History

Burg Rheinfels
Burg Rheinfels

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„Warum ist es am Rhein so schön ?" - Why is it so beautiful along the Rhine?...

It is a question that painters, poets and travelers from all parts of the world have been wondering for centuries.

A place like Rheinfels Castle could easily be the reason for the Rhine valley's legendary standing.

The Loreley in the Middle Rhine Valley is one of the best-known locations, and Rheinfels Castle stands not far from it, high above St. Goar.

Rheinfels Castle was built by the lord of Katzenelnbogen (Katzenelnbogen vacation rentals | Katzenelnbogen travel guide) in the 13th century to form a toll station, with his Katz castle controlling the other bank of the river.

Any ship passing by here had to pay what became known as the double toll fee of St. Goar, which made the lords of Katzenelnbogen rich and enabled them to continue further construction work on the castle.

The mighty castle was never forcefully taken. In the 17th century, all of 4000 soldiers defended Rheinfels Castle against more than 20000 French attackers.

Only during the time of the French Revolution, when parts of today's Rhineland-Palatinate federal state belonged to France, the castle was handed over to the French, who had large parts of the castle and its fortifications blown up.

Thus, the great and grand castle was brought to ruin, which would even used as a stone quarry in the 19th century.

The remains of Rheinfels castle can still be visited today, and they are still imposing.

From St. Goar, one can drive by car or walk for about half an hour to get to the castle. There is also a colorful 'castle express', a small train which carries passengers up there.

The castle can either be explored on one's own with just a map of the way through it and its underground passages, or on guided tours.

Rheinfels Castle's Top Three

  1. The view - when the weather is nice, the view from the terrace is phantastic, reaching far into the Rhine valley, the Taunus and the Hunsrück.
  2. The subterranean world - Just don't forget to bring a flashlight! The subterranean paths and cellars are truly dark.
  3. It may sound crazy, but the toilets are another highlight. Historical and highly modern, we guarantee that you have not seen something like them before.

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Gaby Leeser

This travel guide has been written by Gaby Leeser.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Burg Rheinfels, Schlossberg, 56329 St. Goar, Germany

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  • Adults: 4,00 €
  • Groups of at least 10 people, students, disabled people: 3,00 €
  • Children ages 6 - 14: 2,00 €
  • Groups of Children: 1,50 €
  • Children under 6 years: FREE
  • Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children ages 6-14): 10,00 €

Opening Hours

  • March 19th 2011 until October 29th 2011, daily from 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
  • Opening hours museum: daily from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.

Contact Information

Email: burg-rheinfels@st-goar.de
Phone: +49 (0) 6741 - 7753
Fax: +49 (0) 6741 - 7753

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