Arenfels Palace owes its current appearance to a prominent master builder: Ernst Friedrich Zwirner was Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s student. Zwirner, who was commissioned to complete the Cologne Cathedral, in turn commissioned the Imperial Count Friedrich Ludolf von Westerholt-Gysenberg with the modernisation of the palace from 1849 to 1858. Already around 300 years before the Neo-Gothic reconstruction, there had been extensive transformation work: instead of Arenfels Castle, which stemmed from the 13th century, the new build of the three-winged Renaissance palace occurred in the second half of the 16th century. Friedrich Ludolf would have gladly preserved the style of the complex in the 19th century. However, the cathedral master builder Zwirner followed through with his new language of form. During the fight for the bridge of Remagen in the Second World War, the building structure was considerably damaged. The war damages have been done away with today, and with its location in the midst of vineyards, Arenfels Palace is an attraction as a romantic site for events.
53557 Bad Hönningen