one of the
oldest, smallest and most picturesque castles on the Rhine.
a customs post for the German Empire, Burg Rheinstein was built roughly
ago on a sheer rock cliff rising 270 feet (83 meters) above the river.
Directly across the river from it is Assmannshausen, a
district of Rüdesheim
(although the castle was built two centuries before the first known
mention of Assmannshausen in 1108).
a short period of
time in the
late 13th century, Rheinstein was the home of the Holy Roman Emperor,
Habsburg. It was at the Rheinstein castle that he decreed a death
sentence upon Philip
Hohenfels, outlaw proprietor of the nearby Reichenstein
Today, BurgRheinstein is privately owned but
accessible year-round to visitors for
a nominal entrance fee. There is a café offering pastries,
coffee and a variety of Rhine wines. It’s open from the end of March
through the end of October.