The exact building year of Stahleck castle is not known, but it has been proved that the castle was already occupied since the year 1095. It's first mentioned in documents in the year 1135 under Goswin von Hochstadt. Until 1148 almost 10 years of fight followed for the rights of the Stahleck.

In the year 1156, after the death of Hermann of Stahleck, his stepbrother Konrad von Hohenstaufen became count palatine of Bacharach on the Rhine river. The town of Bacharach, which is situated on the castle mountain, became center and residence of the originating palatine territory on the Rhine river. Castle Stahleck, which was originally the most farthest southern situated property of the Cologne bishops, was assigned from the emporer Barbarossa to his brother Konrad in the year 1190.

In the Thirty Years' War, in year 1644, as the Catholic party banished the French out of the town with 250 cavalries and 450 Cologne foot soldiers, these fled into the castle Stahleck. Colonel of Nievernheimb, commander on the fortress Ehrenbreitstein, let the castle Stahleck near Bacharach at the Rhine river thereupon be fired at without occupying it. Th restoration was made in 1666 by the elector count palatine Carl Ludwig.

Between January and May 1689 the Stahleck castle was exploded by the french troops from Ludwig XIV. 237 years it was in a ruins, until the crown prince of Preußen bought the area in 1828. Rhine river society accomplished restoration work in 1909 and 1910.

Starting at the end of 1965 until May 20, 1967, the youth hostel was further constructed on the castle Stahleck. Thereby the in the substructure still original roman Bergfried of the castle Stahleck with abated wall strength was newly roofed and furnished with new walls. Today it expresses the picture of a medieval castle with different construction phases and is one of the most well-known youth hostels.



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K24, Bacharach, Germany
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Founded: c. 1135
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Ivan Ivanov (2 months ago)
The Castle is our annual AGoT gathering place. Everything is great there. The staff is understanding when the Castle is full of nerds that never sleep.
Ori Voll (3 months ago)
A youth hostel located in a beautiful castle with excelent views to the Rhine river. We stayed 1 nighet (2 adults + 2 teenagers) and got 2 very basic rooms with bunk beds. Rooms were on different level maintenence and accessories but were OK. Food is also basic but very much OK for this price level. We asked for a packed lunch and got only a few basic products which is definitely not close to lunch. At the bottom line - pretty good value for money
Marcos Gallego Llorente (4 months ago)
This is an incredible spot to enjoy the views and some drink/food. However, there is a problem: the staff in the cafeteria/canteen is incompetent. When I visited, the only guy manning the counter spent an average of 5 minutes on each customer: four people in front of me literally took 20 minutes. There was another man behind the guy, who looked like the supervisor, aimlessly walking around without doing anything to solve the ever-growing queue. Then, they got worried that there wouldn’t be enough food for the hotel guests, so they suddenly decided that outside customers would not be allowed to order food. Only drinks. With no prior notice. Amazing spot, amazing view, appalling service.
Michael Chan (5 months ago)
In and of itself, there is nothing special to the castle which has been turned into a hostel providing inexpensive accomodations. Maybe it is a great place to experience what it is like staying in a castle but I did not get a chance to stay as it was not my plan. Otherwise the best it has to offer is the stunning panoramic view of the town, villages, vineyards and River Rhine. To some the walk up to the castle may be challenging yet it can be pleasant and not a long climb.
Jennifer Kling (6 months ago)
Beautiful town and relaxing walk to the castle. I would not skip this town if your taking a Rhein River tour. But 100% stay the night here at the hotel, it worth it. The well kept architecture, it's stunning.
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