Count Wilhelm II of Katzenelnbogen built the Katz Castle in the second half of the 14th century. Katz Castle was used as bastion and military base to protect the Rheinfels Castle. Together they formed a fortified bulwark with a barrier for levying of the Rhine toll. The extended view up to the bend of the river at the Loreley was also of great importance to secure salmon fishing. Due to the intentionally chosen location on the mountain ridge Katz Castle could not possibly be conquered from the valley.

Only after the invention of fire arms, Katz Castle had to be substantially reinforced. It was also upgraded as bastion against Maus Castle in the Electorate of Trier. At the same time the donjon of Katz Castle was raised to to ensure eye contact with Reichenstein Castle. In 1479 the family line of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen died out.

In succession of long-lasting disputes on heritage, Katz Castle and Rheinfels Castle were besieged, demolished, rebuilt and extended several times. Even though repairs had been made in 1800, Napoleon blew up Katz Castle in 1806.

In 1896 District Administrator Berg acquired Katz Castle, to reconstruct it as close as possible to the original design. From 1946 till 1951 Katz Castle served as local High School 'Institut Hofmann' including board

Since 1989 Katz Castle is private property of a Japanese and accommodates the hotel Katz Castle.

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Founded: c. 1371
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Dee Pray (2 years ago)
Great outdoor
Doron Stern (2 years ago)
Wonderful Castle, very interesting 45 min guided tour. 10 Euro
Jacopo S (2 years ago)
You can only watch it from the outside as it is private.
Ritwik Khan (2 years ago)
You can visit till main gate of the castle but cannot enter as it is a private property now. But the hike to castle is very nice and the view is spectacular.
Doyel De Sarkar (2 years ago)
Very simple castle.. You have tp hyke to reach there.. U can have a top view.. But you cant enter the castle as it a private property now.. But from the top of the hill the view is awesome..
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