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The next castle we came to was Burg Reichenstein, again on the west bank of the Rhine, just south of the village of Trechtingshausen. Today part of this castle is a hotel and restaurant, and what a lovely place to stay it must be, at least in terms of location. It sits high above the village, with views of the river below and vineyards all around.
A castle was first built here in the first part of the 11th century, although the exact date is unknown. It has been several times destroyed, but was always rebuilt in the same strategic location. The current building dates mainly from the late 19th century, when it was constructed as a residence for the Kirsch-Puricellis family (one of the richest families of Europe). The restoration was based on old foundation drawings and on views of the castle from the 17th and 18th centuries, so its present appearance is much as it would have been several hundred years ago. Reichenstein remained in the family's possession for over 90 years until it was sold in 1987. As well as the hotel and restaurant, a museum on the site tells the story of the castle?s many incarnations.
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