Gutenfels Castle

Kaub, Germany

Gutenfels Castle was built in 1220. It was used with Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in the middle of the Rhein and the fortified town of Kaub on the far side to provide an impenetrable toll zone for the Holy Roman Emperor until Prussia purchased the area (1866) and ended this toll in 1867.

This castle, primarily owned (since 1257) by the Falkenstein family, is one of the most important examples of the Hohenstaufen military and house construction style at the Rhine. Since 1277 it has been a castle of the Electorate of Palatinate. After an unsuccessful siege in 1504 by landgrave Wilhelm from Hessen, the castle was renamed Gutenfels (solid rock). Rebuilt between 1889 and 1892 it is now used as a hotel.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Address

Schlossweg 16, Kaub, Germany
See all sites in Kaub

Details

Founded: 1220
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Julian Steiner (23 months ago)
Mega schöne Burg. Leider in Privatbesitz also nicht leicht zu besichtigen. Aber sieht mega aus bin selbst schon hochgewandert.
Chip Elliott (2 years ago)
Actually spent the night here in April 1997. Beautiful views ... my daughters loved it.
Frank Engel (2 years ago)
Gutenfels Castle (en alemán : Burg Gutenfels ), también conocido como Caub Castle , es un castillo situado a 110 m sobre la ciudad de Kaub en Renania-Palatinado , Alemania . El castillo de Gutenfels fue construido en 1220. Se usó con el castillo de peaje , el castillo de Pfalzgrafenstein en el centro del Rhein y la ciudad fortificada de Kaub en el lado más alejado para proporcionar una zona impenetrable contra el peaje para el emperador del Sacro Imperio Romano hasta que Prusia compró el Área (1866) y terminó este peaje en 1867.El castillo es parte de la Garganta del Rin , un sitio del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO en 2002. El castillo pasó de ser un hotel a propiedad privada en 2006.Lo he visto por fuerra como esta ya propiedad privada . Le he dado una vuelta y he visto algo más de historia .
Frank Sauerborn (2 years ago)
In der Sonne leuchtend viel Sie mir vom Schiff aus ins Auge. Sehr schöne Burg die leider in Privatbesitz ist und somit nicht so einfach besichtigt werden kann.
Martin Hankel (3 years ago)
Top !!! :-)
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Luxembourg Palace

The famous Italian Medici family have given two queens to France: Catherine, the spouse of Henry II, and Marie, widow of Henry IV, who built the current Luxembourg palace. Maria di Medici had never been happy at the Louvre, still semi-medieval, where the fickle king, did not hesitate to receive his mistresses. The death of Henry IV, assassinated in 1610, left the way open for Marie's project. When she became regent, she was able to give special attention to the construction of an imposing modern residence that would be reminiscent of the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, where she grew up. The development of the 25-hectare park, which was to serve as a jewel-case for the palace, began immediately.

The architect, Salomon de Brosse, began the work in 1615. Only 16 years later was the palace was completed. Palace of Luxembourg affords a transition between the Renaissance and the Classical period.

In 1750, the Director of the King's Buildings installed in the wing the first public art-gallery in France, in which French and foreign canvases of the royal collections are shown. The Count of Provence and future Louis XVIII, who was living in Petit Luxembourg, had this gallery closed in 1780: leaving to emigrate, he fled from the palace in June 1791.

During the French Revolution the palace was first abandoned and then moved as a national prison. After that it was the seat of the French Directory, and in 1799, the home of the Sénat conservateur and the first residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, as First Consul of the French Republic. The old apartments of Maria di Medici were altered. The floor, which the 80 senators only occupied in 1804, was built in the middle of the present Conference Hall.

Beginning in 1835 the architect Alphonse de Gisors added a new garden wing parallel to the old corps de logis, replicating the look of the original 17th-century facade so precisely that it is difficult to distinguish at first glance the old from the new. The new senate chamber was located in what would have been the courtyard area in-between.

The new wing included a library (bibliothèque) with a cycle of paintings (1845–1847) by Eugène Delacroix. In the 1850s, at the request of Emperor Napoleon III, Gisors created the highly decorated Salle des Conférences, which influenced the nature of subsequent official interiors of the Second Empire, including those of the Palais Garnier.

During the German occupation of Paris (1940–1944), Hermann Göring took over the palace as the headquarters of the Luftwaffe in France, taking for himself a sumptuous suite of rooms to accommodate his visits to the French capital. Since 1958 the Luxembourg palace has been the seat of the French Senate of the Fifth Republic.