Reichenstein Castle, also called Falkenburg, is located above Trechtingshausen. The large construction is one of the spectacular examples of the castle reconstruction in neo-Gothic style. Reichenstein Castle, built in the 11th century, was owned by a robber-baron. Therefore it was destroyed in 1253 and again in 1282. It decayed since the 16th century.

In 1834 Friedrich Wilhelm von Barfuß started the reconstruction. Baron Kirsch Purcelli bought the castle in 1899 and continued generously the work of reconstruction. The shield wall is particularly noteworthy.

In the castle are to be found in addition to the largest collection of cast-iron plates in Rhineland-Palatinate 1200 hunting trophies from all over the world, weapons, arms, porcelain and furniture from five centuries.

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Founded: 1100
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Elis Rodriguez (5 months ago)
It was a beautiful castle, I had an amazing time. My partner and I was there for 2 hours looking at all the great historical items in there. Every room was a WOW moment, highly recommend going there.
Francesca Campbell (5 months ago)
Loved the place. Its well kept and there is a lot of historic items. At the entrance you have to register yourself with the Luca app and pay an entrance fee. You get a headset that tells you information about the place and different locations within the castle. If you speak English, let them know before you go in and they set it up for you. If you have a drone, you can fly it only in the front of the Castle... not in the back. You are allowed to take pic inside..and don't forget to wear masks inside. Dogs are not allowed on the inside, but they are gladly to watch them by the entrance..and even give them a water bowl.
Brandon Raffin (6 months ago)
A wonderful castle with audio and guided tours available. It's often being restored, so revisiting is suggested every once in a while. I suggest going when the weather is nice, as a large part of the touring is uncovered and has great views.
Angela Cafferky (6 months ago)
The castle was beautiful, reception staff was helpful. There were a few issues with our dinner experience. We arrived later in the evening around 7:30 Pm for dinner. No staff member greeted us, or even acknowledged us. So we just seated ourselves. Once seated it didn't take too long before a waitress came and took our orders. The food was beautiful. Once our desserts were served we were left completely alone. I understand it is customary to let people sit and talk but, when you notice a customer actively looking to speak with someone, staff should respond. After over 40 minutes, my husband approached a woman at the bar, her response to him was, "I can't help you, you have to ask the boss.". To me this is not the best response to a customer who is spending money in your establishment. Not the best customer service I've ever had.
Adrianell Poteet Sorrels (7 months ago)
Really nice collection from the family that lived there mid 1800s and on. The castles that have been redone more recently always feel more homey. You can actually picture people living there and they're not so cold. This one has some really cool features built in, a huge hunting collection, weapons display, iron plates, and wood stove collection. The library and dinning room are so nice and homey.
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