Rietburg Castle

Edenkoben, Germany

The construction of Rietburg castle is dated to the period 1200 to 1204 and ascribed to the lords of Riet. These noblemen were initially vassals of the North Alsatian Benedictine abbey of Weißenburg, later they became ministeriales and feudatories of the then German Hohenstaufen lords.

In 1470, during the Weißenburg Feud between Prince-Elector Frederick the Victorious of the Palatinate and his cousin, Duke Louis the Black of Palatinate-Zweibrücken, the Rietburg was shelled by Leiningen troops and badly damaged, but remained inhabitable. The castle survived the Palatine Peasants' War of 1525 unscathed, but was finally destroyed during the Thirty Years' War (1618–48) and never rebuilt.

Since 1954, a chair lift, known as the Rietburgbahn has run from the Rhine Plain up to a terrace on the eastern side of the Rietburg. The return journey offers good views over the plain. The bottom station is accessible on foot or by car and is located near the schloss of Villa Ludwigshöhe, a stately residence built from 1846 to 1852 by order of Louis I of Bavaria.



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Founded: 1200-1204
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Frank Müller (4 months ago)
An ascent can be done using the chairlift, the ride is a very pleasant experience because it is very slow and relaxed. Then the view, breathtaking. On the descent you can find exciting paths, some of which are in the jungle.
a. P. (6 months ago)
Just experience it yourself
J. - C. Biester (8 months ago)
Historic castle ruins on the edge of the Palatinate Forest with a fantastic view of the vineyards of the southern wine route. You can get to the castle on foot via more or less steep hiking trails or very comfortably by chairlift from the valley station at Villa Ludwigshöhe to the mountain station on the side of the Rietburg.
Jürgen Winges (9 months ago)
Mega view over the Rhine Valley
Christoph Ballier (9 months ago)
Brilliant view and not far from the cable car, 1min. There is a small restaurant but you should make a reservation if you plan to eat something there directly. However, outside, on the ruins, there is more than enough space for everyone and you can take the food and drink you have bought with you. Of course you can also just visit the ruins, which are actually just a better vantage point, and bring your own food. In any case, a good starting point for great hikes.
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