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Castle Rheinfels

Castle Rheinfels

Castle Rheingels is located on the left side of Rhine River.

 

 

Location: Rhineland

Open: Apr-Oct: 9am - 6pm

Nov-Mar: Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Castle Rheingels

Castle Rheinfels

Castle Rheingels overlooks the town of Saint Goar named so after a Aquianian hermit Goar who settled here in the mid 6th century. His burial site is a beautiful 11th century crypt of the Stiftkirche. The fortress was found in 1245 by Count Diether V of Katzenelnbogen as a base for his toll- collecting operations. In medieval times collection of dues was rather easy. Couple of cannons on the hill overlooking the river could easily sink any ship that failed to pay. The Landgraves of Hesse converted the castle into a Renaissance mansion and latter owner added defenses in the 17th and 18th centuries. In fact it wasn’t until Revolutionary army of France that the castle actually was taken in 1794. It was destroyed in 1797 then they retreated, but you can hear a lot of bad things that French did in the region from the locals.

Parts of the castle’s outer buildings were converted to hotel, restaurant, museum and a wellness center. One can easily get lost in the underground labyrinths of the castle that is well preserved. Taking a flashlight might be a good idea.

     

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