The castle Sterrenberg is the ruin of a mountain castle at 120 m above sea level. NN on the right bank of the Rhine at Kamp-Bornhofen in the Middle Rhine Valley in Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle forms together with the neighboring castle Liebenstein the so-called "enemy brothers". After the old castle Ehrenbreitstein has disappeared under the fortress, Sterrenberg is considered the oldest surviving castle in the Middle Rhine Valley.
For the legend of the "enemy brothers" there are several versions. It is certain, however, that at the castle never came to dealing with weapons.
Since 2002, the castle Sterrenberg part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, furthermore, it is a protected cultural asset according to the Hague Convention.
The castle, which is currently owned by the cultural umbrella organization castles, palaces, antiquities Rhineland-Palatinate, is accessible or approachable through a gate opening in the younger, outer shield wall (so-called battle wall). The former Vorburggelände is used as a small parking area. Through a second gate, adjacent to the older, inner shield wall leads to the courtyard of the Kernburg.
In its center stands the square, white-plastered keep on a steep slate base. It is planned to set up a permanent exhibition on the history of the castle. The 1972 reconstructed women's house on the east side (mountain side) is a simple, white plastered building after Romanesque model with pitched roof and round flank tower; his expansion to a hotel is planned. Behind it extends a small courtyard surrounded by walls. Here stands as an agricultural-historical exhibit a cart (around 1918) from the possession of Johannes Eschelbach, who was from 1903-1918 mayor of the nearby village Filsen.
To the west (on the Rhine side) another wall adjoins the 1970s reconstructed in Gothic forms, cultivated only in the summer months restaurant building with terrace. The gastronomy advertises its award as the house of the best Schoppen for the years 2004-2006, a awarded by the Chamber of Agriculture Rhineland-Palatinate with wine associations for various regions of the state award, which shares the restaurant Sterrenberg for the region Middle Rhine with 25 other restaurants. The wines are not from the slate slope among the enemy brothers, which is too steep and unsuitable for viticulture, but from the linksrheinischen vine slopes of the Boppard Hamm.
November 24, 2016
Liebenstein Castle, also called Levenstein, is the ruin of a hilltop castle. The castle forms together with the 200 meters distant castle Sterrenberg the so-called "enemy brothers" on the right bank of the Rhine at Kamp-Bornhofen in the Middle Rhine Valley in Rhineland-Palatinate. The right bank hiking trail Rheinsteig leads over the castle Liebenstein. From there there is a good view into the Rhine Valley with Bad Salzig.
Since 2002, the castle Liebenstein is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, furthermore, it is a protected cultural property according to the Hague Convention. Liebenstein Castle is the highest castle on the Middle Rhine.
You enter the castle, accessible via a narrow steep driveway with only a few parking spaces in front of the entrance, from the south; to the west (on the rhine side) the remains of a fortified tower are preserved, to the east the ruin of a smaller residential tower (privately owned), surrounded by a massive mantle wall.
The dominant building is the 17 meter high residential tower (14th or 15th century) on the north side of the complex, to which a gable house was added in the 17th or 18th century. The tower has a nearly square floor plan and seven floors. Today the restaurant with castle garden and panoramic terrace as well as the hotel with rooms to the Rhine side, are newly furnished in this complex in the 21st century with period furniture.
Inside the castle, a walk-through slate rock block stands out, on which rises the ruins of the rectangular keep.
Walls with an upstream ditch and a small remainder of another residential tower border the castle courtyard on the Rhine side. Also to neighboring castle there was a backup in the Middle Ages with a wall and ditch. In front of the north wall are the remains of a gun posture.
Source: https: //de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burg_Liebenstein_ (Rheintal)
November 24, 2016
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