Watertravel & Waterside Destinations Marksburg Castle

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Marksburg Castle

It’s the only hilltop* castle on the Rhine which was never destroyed, nor even damaged significantly, in wars.

Perhaps what prevented the kind of destruction the others suffered is itsMarksburg Castle defensible hilltop location combined with a very tall keep. Until WWII, the only destructions it suffered were caused by earthquakes and the normal ravages of time and weather. 

(*Pfalzgrafenstein, nearby Kaub, also is very well preserved but is located on an island in the middle of the river rather than on a hillside or hilltop.)

The Marksburg is first mentioned in 1231, although the lower parts of the keep might date back to the previous century, perhaps constructed by the Freemen of Brubach. For centuries, the castle was in the hands of the counts of Katzenelnbogen, who built the Gothic structures around the original keep.

Today, Marksburg is the headquarters of the Deutsche Burgenvereinigung (German Castle Association). Guided tours are offered year-round (except Christmas and the day before) with multiple language options available in printed form. Information about the Marksburg in English can be found here.

Copyright Don Douglas