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This castle was HUGE at one time – the biggest castle on the Rhein. It dates back to 1245 and was seiged by the French in 1692 before being destroyed (again by the French) in 1797. What you see today is just a small part of what it used to be.
As you enter the castle, you will get a map when you pay (€4 adults, €2 children). Instead of following the map, look first for the museum, which should be straight ahead on the path in front of you. I highly recommend you start in the museum. As you enter the museum, begin on the LEFT. There you get a tour of the castle through the years and an idea of what you will be seeing. Also, the best part is the model of the castle at its fullest. Here you will clearly see how massive this place used to be. The rest of the museum is okay and worth a quick look, but the historical part along with the model are what we came to see first. Now, you can go back and start your tour.
You’ll go in and out of all kinds of places, dark corridors, and open spaces. Look for the Große Keller, which was a very large pantry – remember the large castle and its inhabitants experienced at least one siege and needed a place to store their supplies.
Walk up to the lookout and enjoy the view of the Rhein; walk through the mine tunnels to see below the castle. There are still lots of areas that you can envision what it just might have looked like in the past.
Once you have had enough of the castle, you can buy a souvenir or grab a snack at the shops just outside the gate.
Burg Rheinfels is a heart pumping hike UP from the town (follow the signs towards the train station and keep following the Burg Rheinfels signs). If this isn’t something you are interested in, you can drive up to the castle and park in the large lot at the top. If you want to spend the night, they also have a hotel next to the castle.
I suggest sturdy footwear as the grounds are rugged at times and you may be going up and down rough steps. A small flashlight comes in handy in some of the castle areas.
Castle is open daily except on public holidays. The museum is closed from November through March (see specific details on website below).
Directions: at the top of St. Goar – you can’t miss it looming from above - follow signs near the Rathaus
Phone: +49 0674 13 83
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