Rheinfels, the castle Auf Schönburg has a richly
colorful and bloody history.
it dates back even a little further than that of Rheinfels —
to the early 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
as if any castle could actually be called "ordinary."
Over the centuries,
went through the usual process of expansion in peacetime and
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
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