Rhine River Castles Tours

November 8, 2012 by

Former Prince Elector's Castle in Boppard

Former Prince Elector’s Castle in Boppard

In all, there are more than 30 Rhine River Castles. Many of these ancient fortresses can be toured individually, but for those trying to squeeze the most out of their travel dollar, an inclusive ticket can be purchased to visit: Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, Castle Lahneck, Palace Stolzenfels, Castle Marksburg, Former Prince Elector’s Castle in Boppard, Fortress Rheinfels, Toll Station Pfalzgrafenstein, Castle Sooneck, Castle Rheinstein and Castle Brömserburg at a 40% savings.

Rhine Valley Map

There are more than 30 castles along the Rhine.

Rhine River Castles

With such a large collection of castles along the Rhine, this quick overview will give you an idea of what you can expect. However, these are only snapshots of the unique history each castle has to offer.

  • Fortress Ehrenbreitstein: This 11th century castle was expanded into to a fortress in the 17th and 18th century. This stronghold endured the attack of French troops for a year, until they had to surrender due to hunger in 1799. A century later the Prussians rebuilt and fortified the structure, transforming it into one of the most formidable military constructions of Europe. The State Museum is worth a visit, and the two restaurants on site offer magnificent views.
  • Castle Lahneck: This 11th century castle has an interesting history, including the time when a dozen Knights Templar escaped execution by the hand of Pope Clement V, and found refuge in Castle Lahneck. While they fought bravely, eventually, the knights were overcome and killed.
  • Palace Stolzenfels: This is another castle with a long rich history. One interesting tidbit occurred in 1823 when the castle was given as a gift to Prussian King Frederick William IV. He rebuilt the castle, extending the Gothic-style tower. He also transformed the residential building into an open garden. Today this is still a garden hall.
  • Castle Marksburg: Marksburg Castle has the distinction of being the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. That’s an amazing fact for this 700-year-old medieval structure.

Castle Marksburg

Castle Marksburg

  • Former Prince Elector’s Castle in Boppard: The castle in Boppard was built by by the Archbishop of Trier after he conquered the town in 1327. The tower with pouring holes is the only thing left of the original structure. The four wings can be traced back to the 17th century. Visitors enjoy the castle’s museum.
  • Fortress Rheinfels: This castle was built by Count Diether V vonKatzenelnbogen in 1245 to protect the St. Goar tax collectors. It developed into a mighty fortress that withstood a siege for more than a year.
  • Toll Station Pfalzgrafenstein: This mini castle, built in 1327 by Ludwig the Bavarian, originally served as a toll station until 1866. This building actually played a role in the fall of Napoleon, but to learn about that, you’ll have to be sure to visit.

Rhine Castles Tours Available

If you’re interested in visiting these medieval constructs lining the Rhine River, you’ll find everything from castle walking tours to castle river cruises. Each castle offers a one-of-a-kind experience, so plan to bring your camera and take your time as you walk through the halls of history along the Rhine River.

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