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FURSTENBERG CASTLE RUIN
Furstenberg castle was built in 1219 by order of the bishop of Cologne. It provided protection and was also used to levy tolls. Destroyed during the Palatinate Succession War, the castle remains in ruins. It is currently privately owned.
This castle had a series and succession of owners, first starting in 1135. By 1190 the castle was acquired by emperor Barbarossa, and in 1214 it was acquired by the Bavarian dynasty as an important base for the Wittelsbach rulers. However, the French blew up the castle in 1689. Reconstructed from 1925 to 1927 as well as 1965 to 1967, it was diligently rebuilt. Nowadays the castle is a popular youth hostel.
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Owned by the Falkenstein family since 1257, it is an important example of the Hohenstaufen military and house construction style on the Rhine. Beginning 1277, it was a castle of the Electorate of Palatinate. But it was renamed Gutenfels (solid rock) after an unsuccessful siege in 1504. Rebuilt between 1889 to 1892, it is now a hotel.
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A toll castle on Pfalz Island near Kaub, it is considered as one of the most picturesque and unique settings on the Rhine. Built in 1327 by Ludwig the Bavarian, the toll station continued operations until 1866.
This castle is located above Oberwesel, a medieval town in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. In 1149 the castle was temporarily an Empire Castle but was destroyed in 1689. Today, Schönburg castle accommodates a famous hotel.
Located above the town of St. Goarshausen in Rhineland-Palatinate, the castle precipitously stares down at the Rhine river below. First built around 1371, it was bombarded in 1806 by Napoleon, only to be rebuilt later. The castle is now privately owned and accommodates the hotel Katz Castle.
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Karin Leperi is an award-winning Albuquerque-based travel writer and photographer who revels in romantic and medieval travel, whether it be seeking dragons, faeries, castles or renaissance revelries. n
MAY 2, 2019
Pique Newsmagazine for May 2, 2019