The castle Ehrenfels is the ruin of a Hangburg west of Rüdesheim am Rhein halfway to Assmannshausen in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in Hesse. It stands on the northeastern bank of the Rhine on the steep slope of the Rüdesheimer Berg, it is a former customs castle.
October 14, 2018
The Binger Mäuseturm is a former defense and watch tower. It stands on the Mäuseturminsel in the Rhine in front of the Binger district of Bingerbrück. The 24.65 meter high mouse tower, built as a customs watchtower at the beginning of the 14th century, got its name from a legend.Ferdinand Luthmer speculates in 1907 that the name derives either from the toll tower (Old High German muta = way customs), the Muserie (= gun) or the Middle High German must (= peek, lurk). The tower was built in the first half of the 14th century as a customs watchtower to strengthen the Ehrenfels castle's customs blocking system or as a signal tower to prevent ships from encountering in the Binger Loch. The location in the middle of the Rhine at the point where the river turns from east to west is particularly suitable for this. However, the exact history of its origin is unclear. It was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War and the Palatinate War of Succession in 1689. In 1845 it was repaired for use by the Prussian government as a gaze. From 1855 to 1856, the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV left him in neo-Gothic style according to plans by the Cologne cathedral master builder Ernst Friedrich Zwirner and the architect Friedrich Albert Cremer with his direct involvement as the Prussian border brand of the royal Prussian Rhine province with the Duchy of Nassau on the right bank of the Rhine and the southern Grand Duchy of Hesse Rebuild style. From 1850 to 1974 it served as a signal tower for Rhine shipping. The lookout in the Mäuseturm regulated the shipping traffic at the narrow point called Binger Loch at the beginning of the Rhine valley. With the widening of the fairway, this function was abandoned in 1973/74.
May 7, 2020
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