We joined the Rhine River Cruise through RTT Travel (Ramstein AB), prior to which we visited Burg Rheinstein, also known as the Rheinstein Castle. We also stopped by for wine tasting, the details of which are in my post Stefan's Wine Paradise.
The way up to Rheinstein Castle
The roots of the beautiful Rheinstein Castle are dated back to the late 13th century. The archbishop of Mainz built it as a customs castle. Also it was used to secure the territory of Mainz in the fight against the robber knights of the other castles down the river Rhine. Around the 17th century, the castle fell into ruins. Luckily, Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia acquired the remains and had the castle rebuilt in 1823. It was the first romantic castle garden on Middle Rhein. Due to constant succession the castle remained in property of the Hohenzollern family up to 1975. On November 7th, 1975, the opera singer Hermann Hecher bought the castle "Burg Rheinstein" to protect that extraordinary cultural heritage against the takeover by the Hare-Krishnar sect. With the assistance of the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz, the Friends' Association of the castle, and the supportive visitors; the Hecher family was able to retrieve the Rheinstein Castle It is now a famous living cultural monument in Middle Rhine.
Here are some photos of the Castles's exterior:
This is the romantic garden up the castle, giving you a magnificent view of the Rhine River:
And below are some photos of the castle's interior in all its creepiness:
Jurassic clothes press, sewing machine, and clothes washer
displayed at one corner of the kitchen
The knights' room
Some of the other rooms:
The princess' bed and matress are small because she slept in a sitting position:
These are the tombs of the royalty who lived in the castle:
For more than 35 years, Burg Rheinstein is property of the Hecher Family. The family’s 2nd generation takes care of the cultural concerns of the castle, through the efforts of Markus and Cornelia Hecher.
The photo below shows Mrs. Hecher (near the middle of the photo, hands clasped) giving us an orientation about our self-guided castle tour. We had the chance to roam around the castle on our own. The beautiful garden also has some grape vines from which guests can pick and eat grapes whenever the fruit is abundant and in season.
The 3rd generation, son Marco and his spouse Cora, are responsible for the gastronomic part since 2010. Daughter Carina and her partner Michael also play a vital role in the preservation of the castle.
There is a souvenir store near the castle's main gate. The way to the toilet can be found near the entrance to the castle's cafe.
After the tour we had breakfast at the castle's Cafe Terrasse. You can read about it here.
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