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

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Taylor Hamilton (2 years ago)
So cool to go up there and explore it! Make sure you drive up, don't just look from below.
James Conn (2 years ago)
Not open to public but worth the walk through the vineyard to get up close pics.
Shriram Srinivasan (2 years ago)
We found Furstenberg ruin purely by chance while we were driving towards Lorch. We visited it to check out the ruin and I have to admit that it was more fun than visiting the regular castles. We had to hike for 15mins and it was fairly simple. Once we reached the castle ruin things started getting interesting. Ruin was beautiful and was fun to explore. The only structure that was standing without any structural damage was the tower. However, the access to it was blocked. The ruin is covered with thorny foliage and at points would require you to climb some steep surface. Also, if you are planning to visit there, make sure you wear a proper shoe with grip and apply some bug repellent. The ruin had a beautiful view of the Rhine river from top similar to the other castles in the area. Jus be mindful that the ruin doesn't get visitors so make sure you let someone know that you are visiting that place Incase if you end up having an accident.
Gary S K Sik (5 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.
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