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Burg Ehrenbreitstein

Burg Ehrenbreitstein

Burg Ehrenbreitstein is a defensive fortification that stand today on the hill on the Eastern side opposite of city of Koblenz at the confluence of Rhine and Moselle rivers. By European standards it is a fairly recent structure build between 1817 and 1832 to defend vulnerable Rhine region against French attacks. Despite its formidable size it was never used in a battle.



Location: Rhineland


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Early fortification on this strategic location appeared as early 1000 BC. In the 11th century AD Ehrenbert erected a castle on this place. Thus it got its name which means in German “rock of Ehrenbert”. Archbishops of Trier expanded the castle and used it to defend the Holy Tunic, that was worn according to a legend by Jesus Christ at the time of his crucifixion. However the Church did not permit neither Germans nor French to occupy or use this territory during conflicts between each other. In 1799 after a year long siege starvation forced the defenders to abandon fort and hand it over to French Revolutionary army. Most of citadel was destroyed in 1801. After defeat of Napoleon, Prussia started construction new construction in 1817 and current castle served as a military fortification until 1890.

Today this extensive structure houses two restaurants, the Landes museum and a youth hostel.


Monument to the dead German soldiers who fought and died for their country in the World War I. Judging by the flowers the monument holds important significance for the Germans. Please respect the memory of the dead.

Burg Ehrenbreitstein Tomb

Burg Ehrenbreitstein  Burg Ehrenbreitstein

Rhine and Moselle rivers have distinct coloration. You can see a border between these two rivers.

Burg Ehrenbreitstein

Monument: Just below the castle this is monument to Emperor Wilhelm I erected in 1897 on a Deutsches Eck (German Corner).

 Burg Ehrenbreitstein


...this pulpit, I see, is a self-containing stronghold --a lofty Ehrenbreitstein... (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

Here Ehrenbreitstein, with her shattered wall
Black with the miner's blast, upon her height
Yet shows of what she was, when shell and ball
Rebounding idly on her strength did light;
A tower of victory! from whence the flight
Of baffled foes was watch'd along the plain:
But Peace destroy'd what War could never blight,
And laid those proud roofs bare to Summer's rain--
On which the iron shower for years had pour'd in vain.
(Lord Byron,Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Canto III, v.58)











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