Rheinfels Castle: Of Counts, Battles, and Explosions

posted by Sharon January 16, 2017 27 Comments
Rheinfels Castle

Castles sit above the middle Rhine in Germany every few miles. The most imposing castle ruin you can tour is Rheinfels Castle, which towers over the tiny town of St. Goar. The castle, built in 1275, housed Counts and stood for centuries as an impregnable fortress. Finally, in 1796, French troops breached the walls and then blew it up.  Rheinfels Castle

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Today, Rheinfels Castle lacks roofing on the top areas, but many of the walls, walkways, and rooms survive. Rheinfels Castle

Rheinfels Castle

 

Rheinfels CastleYou can see the layers of stones and bricks, with the exposed walls. Imagine the years it took to build this complicated structure in the 1200s. Rheinfels Castle

Nature encroaches on the grounds, but the beauty of the area is only enhanced by the greenery and trees (especially with the changing leaves when we visited in the fall). Rheinfels CastleRheinfels CastleRheinfels CastleRheinfels Castle

If you climb the high walls, you can take in an awesome view of the Rhine valley. St GoarSt Goar

Across the river is a “sister” castle built by another Count. Together, these 2 castles kept out intruders for hundreds of years. It’s fun to immerse yourself in this world of fortresses and intrigue. St GoarhausenSt Goarhausen

Tips for a Castle Visit

If you go:

Open from March to November 9:00 to 6:00. Though it’s closed in winter, you can plan ahead to visit!

Admission is 5 Euro for adults, 2.50 for children (a bargain!)

You can arrive by boat or train from elsewhere along the Rhine. We stayed in St. Goar at the Hotel Rheinfels, which is comfortable, overlooks the Rhine, and has a fabulous breakfast spread.

You can walk up the hill from the town or you can take the tram, the Castle Express, for 4 Euro round trip. It’s a steep hike, and it was raining off and on when we visited, so we took the tram. So easy.

Note that throwing of stones on the castle grounds is strictly prohibited, and you are not allowed to spit from the towers (!).

Rheinfels Castle

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27 Comments

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Pat January 16, 2017 at 4:29 am

What a beautiful viewof the Rhine Valley from this castle! Well worth visiting. Your photos are beautiful!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

Oh wow! I love old castles and ruins like this!

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Handmade in Israel January 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm

What a wonderful place to visit. My son, when he was younger, would have loved to have run around the castle with his shield and sword 🙂

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Carol January 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Fascinating structure – would love to see it.

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soma @ whimsandfancies.com January 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

I love castles!! Thank you so much for sharing your photos. They are fabulous!

-Soma

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jesh StG January 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Having lived in Holland, castles are part of the landscape, and I probably don’t appreciate them as much as I should! My parents once took a boat -castle tour on the Rhine. I never did, maybe because we lived in Germany, and in Holland close to some castles.
I know at ALL SEASONS people will gush over these ruins:):) Thanks so much for showing them! Have a great week:)

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Molly January 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

What a beautiful place. I love the picture up the stepped pathway.

Mollyxxx

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Stephanie (@Vaycarious.com) January 16, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Great pictures Sharon! The view from the castle is just as amazing as the castle itself.

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels January 17, 2017 at 3:04 am

I love visiting ruins! It always amazes me to think that back then people could build so much without the technology we have today that helps us. I also love imagining what life would have been like back then. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of Rheinfels Castle!

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Andrea January 17, 2017 at 3:21 am

Wow you make me so envious! I’ve dreamed of seeing castles, and literally dream of going to some. When on the plane to Strasbourg i saw below a castle on top of a mountain, and that was the nearest i have been to one, which even expanded my dreaming more. I wonder if i will ever step into a castle again, but i hope that is like that photo, on top of a mountain.

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Yogi January 17, 2017 at 3:57 am

What a sight this is, and a sister castle to boot, castles every few miles down river. What a place. Great post, I loved it.

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Yogi January 17, 2017 at 3:58 am Reply
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ladyfi January 17, 2017 at 5:21 am

Amazing shots.

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Sue Demeter January 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

These photos are wonderful, and so filled with atmosphere. I would love to visit this place 🙂 Thank you for sharing this place with us.

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felicia January 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

wow how beautiful this place must have been long ago.

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Ruth January 18, 2017 at 3:16 am

Looks like you read my mind! I am so happy to learn more about this castle. I have booked tickets to Germany for May and am planning two days around the Rhine River. I have read many forums and most of them recommend a stop in St Goar. I am sold! I am stopping there. Thanks for sharing!

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Mandy January 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Wow! Beautiful castle ruins! And the view from the castle ruins is pretty magnificent too. I think I may have to go visit next time I’m in Germany! 🙂

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Photo(Geo)grapher January 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm

A wonderful place to visit. Beautiful pictures.

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kelleyn rothaermel January 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

Lovely old castle. Can’t wait to get over there and start exploring! Have a great weekend!

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Kathy Marris January 20, 2017 at 12:09 am

Wonderful photos of such a picturesque place. I would love to do a cruise down the Rhine River one day.

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Ruth January 20, 2017 at 3:49 am

Thanks for entering the #TPThursday linky! Have a great weekend!

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Trekking with Becky January 20, 2017 at 9:33 pm

This is heaven for me! 😀 I absolutely love all your photos.

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Brooke of Passport Couture January 21, 2017 at 5:14 am

These ruins are incredible. I’d love to explore this castle, even though it’s just the stones. The mix of greens, browns, and greys has a certain sense of romanticism about it.

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Ruth Daly January 22, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Beautiful pictures. What an interesting place to visit.
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Debbie January 23, 2017 at 5:08 am

Hi Sharon, what a lovely place to explore. It’s quite spine tingling to think what went on in these old castles. Popping in late from last weeks Through My Lens.

xx

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Lisa January 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Oh man, this takes me right back home. We didn’t live to far from The Rhine… we were actually off The Mosel. I loved Germany, it really is a second home to me.

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bettyl - NZ February 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

I love castles and am so enjoying this post! I think I was born in the wrong era 🙂

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