Ramstein Castle

Kordel, Germany

The ruins of Ramstein Castle stand on a 182-metre-high, Bunter sandstone rock on the edge of the Meulenwald forest in the lower, steep-sided Kyll valley near Kordel.

The hill castle was built in the early 14th century by the Archbishop of Trier, Diether of Nassau as the successor to a fortified manor farm. From then on, it was a fief castle of the Electorate of Trier which was enfeoffed (subleased) to electoral subjects and cathedral deans. During the War of the Palatine Succession, the castle was occupied by French troops and largely blown up in 1689. The great damage was not repaired. However, tall sections of curtain walls, elements of corner towers and almost of all the exterior and the stone staircases of its medieval tower house stand.

Three larger-footprint modern buildings including a hotel-restaurant are on the southern part of the east-facing promontory. The hotel's outdoor terrace overlooks the lightly or densely wooded valley, depending on direction views. Fields have likely long stood next to the near-bend of the river enabling a clear view to the impassably sheer hillside (on horseback) on the opposite bank and intervening north–south route.



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Kordel, Germany
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Kyle M (2 years ago)
Awesome food and nice service. Great view
Shaun Stone (2 years ago)
Good food, great service.
annemarie den harder (2 years ago)
The Burg Ramstein is a ruin with adjacent an hotel/restaurant. You can walk around the ruins and you van start the Romerpfad from here. There are some public parking spots. The restaurant food was good, not special. They did have some nice pastries/kuchen.
Chris H (4 years ago)
Closed due to Covid restrictions, but we enjoyed the hiking on the differents paths through the forest. Huge boulders, some smaller waterfalls as well as an old roman copper mine. Proper foot gear is necessary as the paths can be more mud than dry and slippery.
Daniel Schübel (6 years ago)
Beautiful old castle remains in good state and lovely surrounding. Ideal for a one day hike
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