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  • Castles & palaces in Romantic Germany
    Castles & palaces in Romantic Germany
  • Hambacher Schloss palace
    Hambacher Schloss palace
  • Trifels castle near Annweiler am Trifels
    Trifels castle near Annweiler am Trifels
  • Burg Thurant on the Moselle valley
    Burg Thurant in the Moselle valley
  • Marksburg castle near Braubach on the Rhine
    Marksburg castle
  • Burg Katz in the romantic Rhine valley
    Burg Katz in the romantic Rhine valley
  • Burg Katz on the river Moselle
    Burg Katz on the river Moselle

Castles and palaces in Romantic Germany

The regions around Rhine and Moselle have more than 500 castles, castle ruins, palaces and fortresses: Fairytale castles and as well fortified hideouts for infamous robber-barons set on steep crags in the river valleys. As the region played an important role in German and European history in the Middle Ages today retains a vibrant feel of mediaeval times. Tournaments and castle fairs recreate the atmosphere of bygone days. Music and drama are performed in opulent baroque surroundings and magnificent courtly settings.

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Schloss Bürresheim mit barockem Garten (Foto: Laura Rinneburger, Quelle: Touristik-Büro VGV Vordereifel)

Schloss Bürresheim palace | St. Johann

During the Middle Ages, Schloss Bürresheim palace was actually a castle, in other words, a knight’s residence and a fortress at the same time.

Luftbildaufnahme 1 (Foto: Dominik Ketz, Quelle: TI Hachenburg)

Schloss Hachenburg | Hachenburg

Hachenburg Castle


The city‘s castle is located at Hachenburg‘s highest point. The unique location of the castle...

Marktburg (Quelle: Rüdesheim Tourist AG)

Marktburg | Rüdesheim

Whoever visits Rüdesheim can easily recognise why the front castle also got the name Marktburg (Market Castle). Directly on the market square,...

Burg_Maus (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Burg Maus | St. Goarshausen

Scornfully referred to as ‘Mouse Castle’ by the Counts of Katzenelnbogen

from the castle opposite. The derisive nickname seems...

Drachenfels (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH)

Ruine Drachenfels | Königswinter

The castle, built on a hill in the natural conservation area of today, once served as a border fortification and today forms a popular...

Burg Ramstein bei Kordel (Foto: Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz, Quelle: Ferienregion Trierer Land)

Burg Ramstein | Kordel

The construction of Ramstein Castle near Korde dates back to the Electors of Trier. The castle Ramstein (today ruin) is lonely located on a...

Burg_Linz (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist-Information Stadt Linz am Rhein)

Burg Linz | Linz am Rhein

Today, catering is provided in the interior rooms as well as the historical courtyard. A glass-blowing workshop and the torture chamber make Linz...

Burg Klopp Bingen (Foto: Isabella Heider, Quelle: Tourist Information Bingen am Rhein)

Burg Klopp | Bingen am Rhein

Klopp Castle, founded in the middle of the 13th century by the Archbishop of Mainz, Siegfried III, in Bingen, secured the mouth of the River Nahe...

Burgberg (Quelle: GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH)

Dauner Burg | Daun

The castle has been destroyed many times, most recently in the Palatinate War of Succession in 1689 by French troops of Louis XIV, like most Eifel...

Ruine Ehrenfels vom Schiff (Quelle: Rüdesheim Tourist AG)

Ruine Ehrenfels | Rüdesheim

The complex, constructed at the beginning of the 13th century by order of the Archbishop of Mainz Siegfried II von Eppstein, bears the typical...

Kloster Ehrenstein (Foto: Kloster Ehrenstein, Quelle: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V.)

Kloster Ehrenstein | Waldbreitbach

Historic gem near Neustadt / Wied im Wiedtal. First mentioned in 1333, since 1486 a cross-convent monastery. Monastery church with rich interior...

Neuscharfeneck Wandern (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Burgruine Neuscharfeneck | Dernbach

One of the most impossing fortresses in the Palatinate. Expanded by Prince Elector Frederick I., it was burned down in the Peasants War, renovated...

Burgruine Hunolstein (Foto: Tourist-Information Morbach, Quelle: Tourist-Information Morbach)

Burgruine Hunolstein | Morbach-Hunolstein

Castle ruin Hunolstein On the western edge of the village Hunolstein lies something hidden the ruin of the former castle of the same name. The...

Burg Dattenberg_Bergfried (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist-Information Stadt Linz am Rhein)

Burg Dattenberg | Linz am Rhein

Dattenberg Castle, which was probably built in the first half of the 13th century by the family who gave it its name, had already fallen into ruin...

Marksburg vom Rhein aus (Foto: Henry Tornow/Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Marksburg | Braubach

Erected in the 13th century, Marksburg Castle towers high above the river and is both a landmark and the showpiece of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site...

Burganlage Freudenburg (1) (Foto: Saar-Obermosel-Touristik / Foto: Richard Seer, Quelle: Saar-Obermosel-Touristik e.V.)

Ruins of Freudenburg Castle | Freudenburg

King John of Bohemia, Count of Luxembourg, had the “Freyding” fortress built in the year 1337 to protect the border and control the military road...

Burgruine Neu-Dahn Dahner Felsenland (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Burgruine Neudahn | Dahn

north-west of Dahn

The ruins date back to the 13th century.


Burg Sterrenberg (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Burg Sterrenberg | Kamp-Bornhofen

The “white castle” is the older of the two “Feuding Brothers”. Built in 1190 and known as castrum Sterrenberg, it is one of the oldest hilltop...

Ruine Rossel (Foto:  (c) Rüdesheim Tourist AG - Karlheinz Walter, Quelle: Rüdesheim Tourist AG)

Ruine Rossel | Rüdesheim

The Rossel Ruin in the landscape park of Niederwald near Rüdesheim represents the only artificially constructed castle ruin. Count Johann...

Burgruine Freudenkoppe (Foto: Tourist-Information Gerolsteiner Land, Quelle: Ferienregion Gerolsteiner Land)

Burgruine Freudenkoppe | Neroth

The ruins of the castle Freudenkoppe on the Nerother Kopf is throughout the year open. You can't reach the ruins directly with the car!

01 Burg Eltz Westseite (Quelle: Urlaubsregion Maifeld)

Eltz Castle | Wierschem

Magical: Eltz Castle

With its unique location in the heart of the wild natural scenery of the Elzbach valley and its fascinating...

Schloss Liebeneck (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Schloss Liebeneck | Osterspai

Liebeneck Castle overlooks the village and is part of an ensemble

consisting of the adjacent Liebeneck estate buildings, the enclosed...

Gefängnisturm Unkel (Foto: Friedrich Gier/Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, Quelle: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH)

Gefängnisturm | Unkel

Prison Tower

Built in 1550 as part of the city fortifications. Today’s baroque roof

was added in 1700. The prison was located in the...

Burg Sayn (Foto: Stadt Bendorf, Quelle: Touristinformation Bendorf)

Burg Sayn | Bendorf

Today, Sayn Castle is a venue for weddings and functions. Hikers too can enjoy the view of the old ruins; the Rheinsteig and Saynsteig trails run...

BurgundHermenWelschbillig (Foto: Deutsch Luxemburgische Tourist Info, Quelle: Ferienregion Trierer Land)

Burg & Hermenanlage in Welschbillig | Welschbillig

Already in the middle of the second century, the Romans had a villa in Welschbillig. In the second half of the fourth century, they constructed an...