By 1034, Sterrenberg was being mentioned as an imperial castle, but the source is not certain. In 1190, Sterrenberg Castle is listed in the book of Werner von Bolanden as a fief, together with the custom point in Bornhofen. The noble family of Bolanden stayed as lords of Sterrenberg Castle until the second half of the 13th century. From this early period, the bergfried and the first, inner shield wall have survived.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Vulcan WestSideBiker (4 months ago)
Erstmalig dort gewesen. Super freundlich und man fühlt sich direkt herzlich willkommen. Eine tolle Location, insbesondere auf der Terrasse mit dem herrlichen Blick auf auf den Rhein. Und zu allem Überfluss war auch das Essen noch gut. Heute nur eine kleine Karte, dafür aber gut. Wir drohen unser Wiederkommen an
Christoph Nix (4 months ago)
Sterrenberg and Liebenstein Castle! The hostile brothers on the Middle Rhine. High up with a great view of the Rhine Valley towards Boppard / Bad Salzig. Steffenberg Castle is located on the left bank of the Rhine, and Liebenstein Castle is next to it. A small castle that does not cost any entry. Have a coffee and enjoy the view! You can get almost to the castle by car if you don't want to hike.
Marco Trawnik (5 months ago)
Made very lovingly. Gigantic view of the Rhine. Stylish. Although it was closed (construction / renovation), we got a coffee. Very nice owner. Certainly highly recommended when reopened.
Wolf-Rüdiger Barkowski (5 months ago)
We visited the artisan market there today. We came by bike. No problem on the normal road. You just have to step in properly. In the restaurant there was delicious wine and food. We still have to explore the castle itself; next time...
Carlos Villalobos (9 months ago)
Great place to view the river and get some lunch. Waiter was very professional during the pandemic times. Masks were required, strickly 1 person in the building for restrooms. Love to go back.
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