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  Burg Rheinstein
by toonsarah

Burg Rheinstein lies on the west bank of the Rhine midway between Bingen and Trechtingshausen, and was one of the first castles we saw as we sailed north from Rüdesheim. It was constructed in around 1316, and like most of the Rhine castles was built in a strategic location for the defence of lands belonging to local feudal lords. But its initial glories were short-lived, as it quickly fell into decline. During the first part of the 19th century, when this region was discovered by the world and its castles lauded as perfect images of the new romantic sensibilities, Rheinstein was bought and rebuilt by Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig of Prussia. Today it is the home of the Hecher family, and is open to the public.

We loved Rheinstein because it was our first glimpse of the Disney-esque castles we all, but especially my mother in law, had come to see. Later we were to see more even more dramatically situated and multi-turreted edifices, but this was our first, and special for that reason.

Website: http://www.burg-rheinstein.de/en/index_en.htm

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  • Written Aug 1, 2010
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