Rheinstein Castle

Trechtingshausen, Germany

Rheinstein castle was constructed around 1316-1317. It was important for its strategic location. By 1344, the castle was in decline. By the time of the Palatine War of Succession, the castle was very dilapidated. During the romantic period in the 19th century, Prince Frederick of Prussia (1794–1863) bought the castle and it was rebuilt.

In 1975 the opera singer Hermann Hecher bought the castle. It's due to him that Rheinstein Castle became again one of the centres of attraction in the Rhine Valley. Around the apartment tower from the 14th Century you find neo-Gothic sets, turrets, terraces and iron stairs. Inside are stained glass windows and mural painting as well as a Renaissance fire-place and stylish furniture.



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Founded: 1316
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Mafalda Torres (3 months ago)
Prepare yourself to go up a hill, although it’s easier than it looks! You can find old furniture, paintings and utensils from a few hundreds of years ago. It even has a dragon story for the kids at end. We had waffles, Bratwurst and a delicious Pumpkin-Potato soup! Overall, a nice journey to the past
Alex Fogler (4 months ago)
What an amazing castle. The hike up to the castle was beautiful. The inside tour of the castle was breathtaking. The food at the restaurant was delicious. My favorite dish was the spaghetti. Highly recommend going to this castle and doing the self guided tour. Oh, you can actually pay to stay at the castle as well.
Greg Morris (5 months ago)
Great castle ?. 8 euro entry fee. Self guided tour, sign in German and English. Great Cafe for lunch with beautiful view. Cost is a little over norm, but paying for veiw. Food is good. Recommend going in morning before 1130 that's when it starts to get busy.
Lily List (6 months ago)
Didn’t stay the night here, just visited the castle. Stunning and well kept historical castle. Lots of information on plaques and booklets. Spent about 2.5 hours here. Staff was friendly. There are two parking areas along the road. Each has about 10-12 spaces. We visited on a Friday afternoon and there were more than 6 spaces available. You have to walk up a hill (about 10 minute walk). It is a little steep and can be difficult for elderly. There are steps in the castle and I did not see anywhere for wheelchair accessibility. There are also narrow stair cases and areas with disorienting heights, however, these are all optional and can be avoided if one does not want to see them. Cafe inside the castle is very cute and has a wide variety of food and drink. Vegetarian options too. Overall, incredible castle to visit.
Imaan (6 months ago)
This was a fun castle to visit. Apparently it is family-owned and has been restored very well. Expect to spend about 2 hours here. Good amount of stairs. Lots of interesting facts and there is a beautiful terrace restaurant that had great food!
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