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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Adam Wiener (3 days ago)
This castle was a very fun tour. After a bit of a walk up, touring the rooms and looking out over the Rhine river provided lots of interesting information in the restored areas of the tour, including bedrooms, living spaces, libraries, and the kitchen. The views from several points breathtaking. My only complaint is they did not have much for kids toys in the gift shop. The kids were disappointed.
Tania Dominguez (9 days ago)
The parking is located at the base of the castle. It's only for 2 hours and you need to have your little parking plaque. You walk up some switchbacks to reach the castle entrance. The path is gravel but it was compact enough for us to take our stroller no issue. Though you do have to leave the stroller right where you pay for tickets because of all the stairs. We went around 1030am and it wasn't very crowded, but by the time we left at 1130am there was a line forming. It has the potential to be a 5 rating, but not with smaller children. We were more focused on making sure they didn't fall down the stairs or over a railing than looking at the rooms, decor, etc. The restaurant was open without restrictions, but we only walked around the castle then left. With children we finished in about 1 hour. There is a small gift shop (same place you purchase tickets). Beautiful views of the river. I would go again sans kids. Lol
Ramona S. (14 days ago)
Beautiful, historic castle. No audio guide available at present, but there's a booklet guide in various languages. Was so nice and picturesque to eat out on the terrace. Wish the chapel was open to visit, but hopefully soon! ?
Jurgita Krasauskaite (2 months ago)
Perfect castle. So far the most beautiful castle I saw in Germany. A lot of stairs to climb qnd fun for kids to go up narrow stairs to the towers
Indraneel Pole (3 months ago)
Very serene and beautiful castle. In times of Corona, better to call them first and book. Absolutely fantastic views of Rhein river from the castle. Worth a visit if you are in that region.
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