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.



Your name

Website (optional)


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


4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Thomas Vogel (17 days ago)
Wunderschöne Aussicht mit Blick auf den Rhein. Immer ein Spaziergang wert im Herbst besonders schön wenn sich die Weinberge anfangen sich bunt zufärben
Tanya Orlova (2 months ago)
Ощущение величия и небольшой грусти. Такой прекрасный замок стоит заброшенный. Въехали на свой страх и риск. Кажется, он закрыт для людей. Но мы поснимали 20 минут и уехали. Прикольно. Если вы прогуливались по Рейну, заезжайте на 10 минуток, не пожалеете.
Heinz Seuthe (3 months ago)
Interessante Ruine. Auf eigene Gefahr wieder begehbar. Allerdings nur für Menschen, die gut zu Fuß sind.
Albert Kruegel (9 months ago)
My wife and I really enjoyed hiking to Ruin. It was great because there were there by ourselves. You felt as if you were stepping back in time. Absolutely amazing.
scott bunker (11 months ago)
Great Sunday walk.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Lübeck Cathedral

Lübeck Cathedral is a large brick-built Lutheran cathedral in Lübeck, Germany and part of the Lübeck UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1173 Henry the Lion founded the cathedral to serve the Diocese of Lübeck, after the transfer in 1160 of the bishop's seat from Oldenburg in Holstein under bishop Gerold. The then Romanesque cathedral was completed around 1230, but between 1266 and 1335 it was converted into a Gothic-style building with side-aisles raised to the same height as the main aisle.

On the night of Palm Sunday (28–29 March) 1942 a Royal Air Force bombing raid destroyed a fifth of the town centre. Several bombs fell in the area around the church, causing the eastern vault of the quire to collapse and destroying the altar which dated from 1696. A fire from the neighbouring cathedral museum spread to the truss of the cathedral, and around noon on Palm Sunday the towers collapsed. An Arp Schnitger organ was lost in the flames. Nevertheless, a relatively large portion of the internal fittings was saved, including the cross and almost all of the medieval polyptychs. In 1946 a further collapse, of the gable of the north transept, destroyed the vestibule almost completely.

Reconstruction of the cathedral took several decades, as greater priority was given to the rebuilding of the Marienkirche. Work was completed only in 1982.

The cathedral is unique in that at 105 m, it is shorter than the tallest church in the city. This is the consequence of a power struggle between the church and the guilds.

The 17 m crucifix is the work of the Lübeck artist Bernt Notke. It was commissioned by the bishop of Lübeck, Albert II. Krummendiek, and erected in 1477. The carvings which decorate the rood screen are also by Notke.

Since the war, the famous altar of Hans Memling has been in the medieval collection of the St. Annen Museum, but notable polyptychs remain in the cathedral.

In the funeral chapels of the southern aisle are Baroque-era memorials by the Flemish sculptor Thomas Quellinus.