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Castles in Rhineland-Palatinate

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A visit to a castle — whether you stumble over one during a hike outdoors or walk your way around the grounds with a guide — is always something special, and you’ve got 20 beautiful castles to choose from in Rhineland-Palatinate. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 20 castles in Rhineland-Palatinate

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    Burg Eltz

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    Hidden in the green of the Elzbachtal, the walls of Burg Eltz tower. The German model castle, which was never destroyed and graced the 500-Mark-Schein for many years, corresponds to …

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    Burg Trifels

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    Once upon a time, the emperors of the Staufer family were enthroned high up on this huge rock ship, steering the destinies of the Holy Roman Empire of the German …

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    Burg Landeck

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    About Klingemünster is this extremely well-preserved castle, which is one of the most famous in the Palatinate. From the keep you have a sensational view over the entire Rhine valley. …

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    Wegelnburg

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    Directly on the border with French Alsace can be with 571 m above sea level. NN find the highest castle of the Palatinate.

    It boasts a very well-preserved upper castle …

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    Kropsburg

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    Idyllic in the forest and in the vineyards, in the outskirts of the Kropsburg, lies the "Burgschänke" with its bright and airy guest room and wonderful wine and beer garden. …

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    Burg Thurant

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    Once at the top, there is a beautiful panorama: the meadows below and Löf opposite. In the castle is also a small café that invites you to take a break.

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    Saffenburg

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    The Saffenburg is farmed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in May, September and October. But a visit is always worthwhile.

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    Marksburg

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    The Marksburg is the only castle never destroyed on the Middle Rhine. In the castle there is a very good gastronomy and there are guided tours offered at regular times, which take about 50 minutes.

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    Wachtenburg

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    The landmark of Wachenheim towers on the hillside above the village. In addition to a fantastic view from the former donjon there is also the castle tavern Wachtenburg with Palatinate …

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    Burgruine Neuscharfeneck

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    Great castle ruins in which children can also go on their discovery tour. At the entrance a small donation box for the preservation of this beautiful ruin. 👍Please note: The …

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    Hambacher Schloss

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    The Hambach Castle is nice to look at on its hill, but that is not the deciding factor. Going up there, "up to the castle" and being at the birthplace …

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    Burg Rheinstein

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    The picturesque location of the castle Rheinstein enchanted in 1823 the Prince Frederick of Prussia, who also bought the castle promptly. At that time, the castle was little more than …

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    Burgruine Wolfsburg

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    The earliest mention of Wolfsburg is contained in a Lehensurkunde of 1269. An interesting and very long castle ruin. Definitely worth a visit. Admission is free and it is accessible at all times.

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    Madenburg

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    A jewel among the Palatinate castles. Well restored, with excellent castle taverns and a view that can otherwise only be enjoyed from the Landeck. On clear days you can see …

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    Dahner Burgengruppe

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    The Dahner castles group consists of the rock castles Altdahn, Grafendahn and Tanstein. All three are exceptionally well restored and thus offer an authentic castle experience. Admission is free.

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    Schloss Ludwigshöhe

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    A really special place. Be sure to watch the Slevogt exhibition and take a tour through the living and festival rooms of the Bavarian kings!

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    Burgruine Drachenfels

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    One of these castle ruins, which are great to explore with children. The approach is steep but extremely short. The view over Busenberg and the gently rolling hills of Wasgau …

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    A ruined castle, according to legend, built by the devil.
    Magnificent view of the Nahe valley

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    Burgruine Neukastel

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    Dream view of the ruin Neukastel on the Wingert and in the Rhine plain.

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    Great ruin with moat and beautiful views to Trifels and into the Rhine plain

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