The first officially
recorded mention of Burg Stahleck was in 1135, when it
was the possession of Goswin von Stahleck.
Originally, it had
been the southernmost
property of the bishops of Cologne
and also a property of Emperor Barbarossa. It changed hands and came
under the control of different families at various times through
history, but all of that is of dubious relevance.
Situated above the
town of Bacharach, the castle today dates back all of about 80 years.
it was totally destroyed during a war with the French, and destroyed
again in the 19th century. Between 1925 and 1927, what was left was
excavated and reconstructed. It was made into a youth hostel, which is
how the castle is used today. Young backpack travelers will find that
Burg Stahleck is an excellent place to roll out your sleeping bag, an
inexpensive yet elegant base of operations for touring the Rheintal.