Castle Stolzenfest is a Rhineland palace near Koblenz, situated on the site that was once a medieval stronghold, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Originally built in the 13th century, like many other castles in the area it ruined remains were turned into a pleasure palace during the 19th century in the Gothic Revival style.
Around the time of the crusades, it is said that a large group of knights left Boppard and the surrounding castles to travel to the holy city. Konrad Beier of Boppard, however, was tasked to stay behind and defend the city if necessary. Initially, the enjoyed the responsibility and looked after the citizens of the region as well as marrying Maria, a beautiful lady who was alone in her castle, just like him.
This is a legend about Castle Stolzenfels and the dark results of alchemy practiced within its walls. The castle was, at the time, a formidable stronghold, built to withstand any attack. It was held by the Archbishops of Cologne, but was well known for less Christian work.
Castle Rheinstein, which is also known as Voitsberg, Fautsburg or Vaitzburg, is part of the Unesco World Heritage Middle Rhine. The name Rheinstein goes back to the 19th century when the castle was rebuilt. There is a famous story involving the castle and two lovers.
The Binger Mäuseturm is situated on Mäuseturmisland in the Rhine River. It was built in the early 14th century and mostly served as a custom station and single tower. The tower is most famous for the legend how it was named, which inspired authors such as Clemens Brentano, Victor Hugo and Ferdinand Freiligrath.
Castle Reichenstein, which is also known as ‘Falkenburg’, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Middle Rhine Valley. It is situated in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, close to the town of Trechtingshausen.
Castle Rheineck is situated on a hill close to a stream called Vinxtbach, which separated regions during Roman times. Artefacts dating back to that time suggest that there was a Roman fort on the hill a long time, before the medieval castle was build in the 12th century. It is unclear if it was erected […]
Castle Arenfels was built between 1258 and 1259 by Henrich II of Isenburg or his son Gerlach. The original stronghold was significantly smaller than the palace that can be visited today. The materials for the castle were take directly from the surrounding area and a deep well reached all the way to the water level […]
This is the story of the crusader knight Dieter, how he fell in love with the daughter of Arenfels and how the castle was destroyed and rebuild. The lord of Castle Arenfels had two lovely daughters, so lovely that their beauty was well known throughout the region. On day, a knight called Dieter of Castle […]
Castle Rolandseck was build in 1122 by Archbishop Friedrich I of Cologne, however, there may have been fortifications on this 155m high hill overlooking the Rhine river since 1040. The castle was build simultaneously to the close by abbey of Nonnenwerth. Its founding legend includes the knight Roland, who returned from his fight with the […]
This is the legend of how the Caste Rolandseck was build by Roland, the nephew of Charlemagne. He had married Hildegund, the daughter of the Lords of Castle Drachenfels and the two lived happily together until Roland was called to arms against the Moors. Heavy-hearted, the lovers parted and Hildegund waited patiently for the return […]
This is the legend of the siblings of Falkenberg and how they met the unkown knight. Above the small town of Kaub towers an ancient stronghold. In the 13th century, it was inhabited by Philip von Falkenstein and his sister Guta. Neither were married and neither had any plans to change this. One day, they […]
Castle Gutenfels in the German province of Rhineland-Palatinate towers at 110m over the small town of Kaub, which originally lend its name to the stronghold: Castle Kaub. It was build around 1220 and after an unsuccessful siege by Wilhelm of Holland in 1252 was handed over to the Lords of Falkenberg in 1277. The castle […]
The Drachenfels is at 321m high hill in the Siebengebierge close to Bad Honnef and marks an important tourist attraction of the area. Between 1138 and 1167, a castle was build on top of the hill and called Castle Drachenfels by Archbishop Arnold of Cologne. The original purpose was to protect the region around Cologne. […]
Once upon a time there was a dragon who lived on a mountain overlooking the Rhine river in the Siebengebirge region called the Drachenfels. The local pagans regularly sacrificed prisoners and enemies to avoid calamity and in turn, the dragon did not burn their villages and farm. One day, two chieftains met in combat. They […]
Castle Nanstein was build in the 12th century on orders of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I. It is most well known for it’s 16th century owner and famous knight, Franz von Sickingen, who died here after the the siege of 1523. Today, Burg Nanstein is a ruin on top of a 330m hill and […]
Franz von Sickingen was one of the most important knights of the German reformation and led together with Ulrich von Hutten the knights revolt, as well as becoming famous for his ideals. He was born near Bad Kreuznach and earned renown in emperor Maximilian’s I campaign against Venice in 1508. It was this campaign that […]