Stahlberg Castle Ruins

Bacharach, Germany

The position and the layout of Stahlberg Castle clearly indicate that it is founded in the 12th century. It is situated on a rocky projection to the northwest of the town. The ring wall, parts of which have been rebuilt, surrounds the whole area and is rectangular in shape with several openings. A prominent circular tower that rises next to the gateway like a keep was added at the start of the 13th century and secures the narrow entrance with its curtain wall and a ditch. This part of the design is based on a similar feature at Stahleck Castle. The original keep can probably be identified in the ruins of an angular tower in the upper part of the castle.



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K22, Bacharach, Germany
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Easy Touring (12 months ago)
Tip (from reception): book a couple of weeks in advance if you visit Bacharach during the off-peak season and two years in advance (at least) for the peak season, as it's a quite visited site.
Dmitriy Lando (13 months ago)
Rly cool
Tom Jenkinson (13 months ago)
Great if you don't mind trains :)
Calum Phillips (13 months ago)
Great location although I think I caught the staff on a bad day. The female reception lady was neither understanding nor sympathetic towards the situation. Just blunt, condescending and angry. A real shame.
Carlos Nogueira (14 months ago)
It is also an amazing Youth Hostel. Don't miss it.
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