Stahleck Castle can be found in Bacherach (near Rheinböllen), defiantly guarding the Rhine Valley. A youth hostel is housed in the castle, which is ideal for excursions in the area.
The castle is mentioned for the first time as a fiefdom of the Archbishop of Cologne in 1136. In 1194 the warring houses of the Guelphs and Hohenstaufen were reconciled through a marriage.
In 1666 and 1689 the castle was destroyed. In 1926 it was rebuilt according to old plans. Today the castle is home to a youth hostel.
In the village of Bacherach there are other preserved buildings, for example the old city wall with 9 preserved towers. Half-timbered houses from the 14th to 19th centuries round off the old and beautiful townscape.
There are parking spaces above the castle. From here a somewhat bumpy path goes to the lookout point and then on to the castle.
November 10, 2019
The castle Stahleck is a hilltop castle in the Middle Rhine Valley in the area of the city Bacharach in the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Mainz-Bingen about 50 kilometers south of Koblenz. Their water-filled neck trench is a rarity in Germany.
The name of the castle is composed of the Middle High German words stahel for steel and corner as a name for a mountain spur and means invincible castle on a mountain spur. It was probably built at the end of the 11th or the beginning of the 12th century and was a kurkölnisches fief. Since Bacharach had become under the Counts of Palatine at Rhein for trading and stacking, among other things for the Palatine -Regionauischen wine trade, the plant functioned at the same time as a customs castle.
From the beginning of the 13th century Stahleck was in Wittelsbacher possession and remained there until the beginning of the 19th century, although it was besieged and conquered eight times by various parties during the Thirty Years' War. Heavily damaged by explosions in 1689, Stahleck was the ruin and property of the French state after the end of the Palatinate Electorate, which had to relinquish it to the Kingdom of Prussia in accordance with the provisions of the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
October 26, 2019
Fantastically beautiful castle in the Middle Rhine Valley with a great youth hostel.
We were able to use the rest areas there on our hike in the outside area. There was also coffee, ice cream and cake and you can use the public toilet👌👌👌
Everything was very well maintained and nice staff
August 31, 2021
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