Idar-Oberstein Travel Tip:
Castle Ruins Oberstein and Bosselstein
Schloss Oberstein, on the hills above Oberstein
The Castles of Bosselstein and Oberstein reside above the city of Oberstein. It is a worthwhile experience indeed to climb up to them from the Marketplace downtown. On your way up you will stroll through a romantic wood past the Chapel-in-the-Rocks (Felsenkirche). The spectacular view of all the city and its surroundings will more than make up for the climb. And around the idyll of the Castle pond there are a multitude of interesting opportunities for walking or hiking. The Castle Bosselstein ruins, situated on the church rock, remind of its foundation in the year 1196 by the Lords of Stein (Oberstein). Destroyed in war times, the castle was not built up again. Instead, the Lords of the Castle moved to Castle Oberstein, which had been built in the year 1320. In the Middle Ages, a fall shaft construction was the only access possibility to get inside. Quite striking and rather atypical for the region is a Gothic bay window on the south-western façade of the castle. Not having been subjected to destruction in several skirmishes and battles, Castle Oberstein nevertheless fell prey to flames in 1855.
Since then, dedicated citizens have taken care of rebuilding the impressive construction. When you have reached the ruin or the new castle, the view will offer you a spectacular impression of the scenery from the Nahe valley far into the picturesque and sometimes bizarre landscape of the Hunsrück mountains.
Open year round, with guided tours upon request.
Address: Burgenverein Schloss Oberstein, 55743 Idar-Oberstein
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