Fürstenberg Castle Ruins

Rheindiebach, Germany

Fürstenberg Castle was built in 1219 by the Archbishop of Cologne to protect his property and toll station. It was destroyed during the Palatine Wars of Succession. Victor Hugo was once impressed by its powerful shielding wall and keep. The former massive curtain wall has recently been restored and the remains of the original rendering have been exposed and are now visible again.

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Founded: 1219
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Gary S K Sik (2 years ago)
Interesting ruins with very good view on the river and the town. You will need to walk up the hill for 20 mins before getting to the Castle. It’s quite fun to climb on the various part of the Castle.
Brian Cross (2 years ago)
It's an overgrown ruin and definitely need to be careful, but great views, open and free to go in
Steffen Reinicke (2 years ago)
Nice spot for picknic and relaxing. Beautiful view.
Brokk Nevels (2 years ago)
Neat castle to explore. No crowds to deal with. Dates back to 1219 CE.
Thomas Vogel (2 years ago)
Wunderschöne Aussicht mit Blick auf den Rhein. Immer ein Spaziergang wert im Herbst besonders schön wenn sich die Weinberge anfangen sich bunt zufärben
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