Stahleck Castle

Bacharach, Germany

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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Katie (5 months ago)
The most amazing hostel experience! I booked a 8 ppl shared room but I ended up using it all by myself!! Haha. It was super clean and smelled good too. Amazing view! Great castle accomodation
Radoš Lazarević (5 months ago)
Great views! It's always worth a visit. You can either hike from the town center, or park above the castle and take a short walk. Awesome terrace to have a drink, coffee or a cake.
Timo Oehlandt (7 months ago)
Impressive castle to look at and also excellent views from the caste. That's about what good is in the castle. The room's are small. The food is terrible at restaurant. Breakfast was ok. Go visit and enjoy the views, pass anything else.
J Gongora (7 months ago)
I had a very amazing time at an event held over the weekend at the castle. The venue itself is amazing and the views from it are breath taking. Be ready for a workout if you are going by foot as it’s quite an ascent. The one thing I didn’t like was feeling rushed to depart very early, and the language barrier with the staff made it hard to communicate, I left feeling like they could have been just a tad more helpful. Still I had the most memorable time of my trip in here and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Justine Roo (7 months ago)
Lovely Hostel. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Fantastic service from the staff. Beautiful location of course. We forgot to purchase a youth hostel stamp card which you need to stay there and the staff were kind enough to help us out. Much easier if you have one already. If you are backpacking be prepared to do some stair climbing. It's the easiest way to get there from the town but it is a good work out.
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