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Just beyond Trechtingshausen we came to the village of Niederheimbach and its castle, Sooneck. Like many of the other castles, this is a 19th century rebuilding of a ruin. The original castle on this site dated back to the mid 13th century, but was destroyed in 1689 by the troops of King Louis XIV of France during the War of the Palatine Succession. The ruins were bought by the then crown prince of Prussia, Frederick William IV, and his brothers Princes William, Charles, and Albert in 1834, and rebuilt for use as a hunting
lodge. They retained some of the old structures and added to them considerably, in the Romantic style so fashionable at that time.

After World War One the castle became a possession of the state and today is administered by the Generaldirektion Kukturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, who open it to the general public. Of course, like all these castles, we weren?t able to visit, but simply admired it as we passed below on the river.

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  • Written Aug 1, 2010
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