Watertravel & Waterside DestinationsThe Schönburg castle is located above the town of Oberwesel, Germany.

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Schoenburg Castle, Oberwesel

Like Burg Rheinfels, the Schönburg castle has a richly colorful and bloody history.

Actually, it dates back even a little further than that of Rheinfels — to the earlyThe castle Schönburg is now a restaurant, hotel and youth hostel. 12th century. By the late 12th, its ownership had passed to Emporer Friedrich I, who owned it until the early 13th. This fact raised its status above that of an ordinary castle, as if any castle could actually be called "ordinary."

Over the centuries, Auf Schönburg went through the usual process of expansion in peacetime and destruction in wars. In 1689, the forces of the French king, Louis XIV, virtually destroyed it. In the late 1800s, the castle ruin was purchased by an American, T. I. Oakley Rhinelander, who resumed the process of restoration. 

After the death of Rhinelander, the city Oberwesel acquired the castle at a favorable price, with the obligation to use part of it as a meeting place for the youth of the world. In addition to that use, another part of the castle is now a hotel/restaurant. Speaking of the hotel, about EUR 200 will get you a suite with a spectacular view over the Rhine and a four-poster bed, surrounded by medieval ambience.

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