You left my love, you hit the target You got that rush and then you walk out the door You kept me small, is what you wanted I never noticed Some of Europe’s most storied castles are located near its winding rivers. Hey there friend! The boat goes slowly enough that it’s not like you’re going to miss anything on the first trip , I agree, Sarah. It is the absolutely picture-perfect, postcard castle you may imagine as you close your eyes and daydream of Scottish castles. I would love to be able to stay in the one that is turned into a hotel! Today the castle is privately owned, and is not available for tours. It was truly magical. While cruising past Rheinfels, be on the lookout for the infamous statue of the Loreley, the beautiful-but-deadly nymph. What incredibly diverse castles. Marek R. Swadzba / 6. Only to gain more power in 1479 when Neukatzenelnbogen ‘Katz’ Castle was built across the river. Whether you’re visiting one country or many, by land or via river cruise, these five centuries-old manors are definite must-sees. We also took the train back and it was a good thing because the return boat we would have taken wasn’t running all the way back to Mainz. You can access the castle via a hiking trail through the vineyards. I never noticed, You held my hand into the darkness By purchasing through these links, we get a small commission at no additional cost to you. Lovely photos! The town of Niederheimbach is overlooked by Heimberg Castle. We use Airbnb when we want to “live like a local.”  Haven’t tried Airbnb? I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. The oldest part of the castle is the tower which contains walls that are over 3-meters thick! From the rubble of your love © 2020 METROLYRICS, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Famous for being the starting point of the Rheingau Riesling Route, you will find the area growing Riesling and pinot-noir grapes. Rebuilt between 1889 and 1892, the castle is now used as a hotel! It was a great trip! Assmannshausen is also known as a health spa region with its warm thermal spring that has lithium rich water flowing through it. All so different and such unique architecture. During the first trip we drove the Rhine from Mainz to Koblenz and enjoyed several towns and loved the castles. We fell in love with the entire region. Last year I did see a few of these from a train ride east from Mannheim. That is until it was purchased by the Rhinelander family in the late 19th century and restored. ress_js(""); Sign up now to receive updates from That Texas Couple, and to get our Ultimate Travel Bundle straight to your inbox! We promise we won't spam you ! We also took the train back and it was a good thing because the return boat we would have taken wasn’t running all the way back to Mainz. Especially because we love castles! these castles are incredible! *This post contains affiliate links. Cause I don't wanna let you know, That I'm gonna build castles Next time! The charming town of Oberwesel is overlooked by Schonburg Castle. Hi, Tori. I have been to Germany twice. It’s such a beautiful area! You ever thought I was Visitors will definitely want to see the ruins of Wernerkapelle, the ruined church that has an interesting story behind it, before stopping into Altes Haus, the oldest house in Bacharach. Discover (and save!) I'm gonna build castles From the rubble of your love From the rubble of your love I'm gonna be stronger than You ever thought I was You ever thought I was Submit Corrections. Sitting on a tiny island in the middle of the Rhine River, Pfalz Castle can’t be missed. It would be a great place to take the family. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It’s funny, you’re cruising right along, and then suddenly, the whole ship breaks out into song! It is so laid back and relaxed. Known for growing a different type of grape than the traditional Riesling of this region, Assmannshausen specializes in a delicious red wine that is ruby in color with notes of cherry, blackberry, and a hint of smoke. . You ever thought I was, Each time you left, there was a hunger Your email address will not be published. Very informative post. Thanks for the tips! Best Castles in Germany. I wish I could visit each one of them. From the rubble of your love You can take in Liebfrauenkirche, the town’s beautiful red church. Sign up now to receive updates from That Texas Couple, and to get our. Although the castle was first built in the 11th century, it was rebuilt in the beautiful Romantic era. Thanks, Harmony! I have to admit that I was pretending to be a princess in every single one we toured! Wander up to St. Martin, the ‘white church’ with the fortress like tower that sits up on the hill. Thanks to Phil, KAM, tabi for correcting these lyrics. Well, click here to get a $40 credit toward your first stay. All text and media on this site are created by us, That Texas Couple, unless otherwise stated. I am so jealous. Pay particular attention to the castle’s impressive shield wall. It makes sense that it’s UNESCO protected, sites like this should be preserved. I felt so scared, couldn't take anymore Visitors can roam the vineyards and explore the towers and castles on the Rhine from this charming town. This gorgeous castle is a classic example of neo-Gothic style. When it comes to the best German castles, there’s no question as to why Schwerin Castle is one of the highlights on our list. Well, they didn’t want the Loreley to sink our ship, so they were serenading her, of course! And of course, you will want to visit Schonburg Castle! There is also a Gothic style church, a 12th-century basilica, and the Niederwald hunting lodge. To begin exploring the castles on the Rhine, we chose to do a day cruise on the most scenic portion of The Rhine, from St. Goar to Bingen. Why you ask? The tour we took allowed you to use your ticket to get on and off for that day. You ever thought I was, Castles Me too, Mona. All of the castles in this guide can be reached by car in about 2 hours or less. Upon her death, she was turned into a siren that sailors say could be heard singing a hypnotic song that lured them to their death. Surrounded by vineyards, as are most towns on the Rhine, you will find the quaint town of Lorchhausen. I will be there in October. It’s also interesting that some of them are still privately owned! Look up near the town of Rudesheim and among the vineyards you will see the ruins of another fabulous castle of the Rhine, Ehrenfels Castle. We will always give due credit to the author/creator of any content not provided by me. My daughter is 6 she would love to see these. Make sure you stay with your group, so you don’t get lost. Oct 11, 2020 - Castles of Scotland . I need to plan a trip quick especially now when I am moving to south of Poland so I can drive there easily ! Today the castle hosts many events including medieval games and romantic tours. The ruins of Rheinfels Castle sit high above St. Goar like a ghost from the past, while the Katz Castle sits across the river staring at the town of St. Goar. Enjoy the of the historic ring-wall, as well as some 17th-century relics in the church. Surrounded by lush vineyards, German fairy tale towns, and gorgeous medieval castles, you can’t help but feel like you have whisked away to a far off land as you explore this beautiful region. Love the tip on the one way cruise. You ever thought I was I really love the historical places. My question is can you get off and on the boat or do you have a set destination from one port to another. From the rubble of your love Thanks for sharing! It truly was a great trip! And combined with a wine tour – I am sold! After surviving an unsuccessful siege in 1504, the castle was renamed Gutenfels, meaning solid rock. Wow, those castles are beautiful! If you prefer a small apartment, consider booking with Airbnb. Definitely on my list to stay in next time we visit the castles on the Rhine! Luckily our captain didn’t fall under her spell, and we sailed safely past! Touring this castle gives you insight into wonderful paintings and furniture. Reichenstein Castle is a perfect example of romanticism that is contained within the castles of the Rhine. Required fields are marked *. . Just enough of a glimpse to let me know I wanted to go back. Like most other castles in this area, it was built for the sole purpose of generating revenue from boats traveling down the Rhine River. And the Riesling there is amazing!!! You ever thought I was. These castles look like they are straight out of a fairytale! And I have always wanted to spend a night in one, so maybe this is the place for that! Second time I spent 2 and a half months in southern Bavaria last winter. A long standing history, Rheinfels was one of the only castles on the Rhine’s left bank to withstand the attacks from King Louis XIV. I’m so glad that many of them are hotels and hostels, because I would definitely be booking a night at any of them! I had no idea there were so many castles so close together. Will have to after reading this. Today, visitors can immerse themselves in medieval history by touring the many towers, halls, and passageways that intertwine to make up Rheinfels castle. In Medieval times, it was of strategic importance because of its location above the Binger Loch. The drive times have been calculated from “London”, which on Google Maps seems to be from Trafalgar Square. Bavarian King Ludwig II spent his personal fortune building opulent castles in the hopes of raising his country’s standing in the world. In 1834, the remains of the castle were rebuilt and today is open to tours. For you see, Pfalz Castle would string large chains across the river forcing traffic to stop and pay their taxes before crossing. You ever thought I was But stay alert! Ive never been to this part of Germany, nor have I went looking for castles! I don’t know if I could choose a favorite castle. Known for the wonderful white wine that has been exported from this area since the medieval ages, Bacharach is surrounded by vineyards just waiting to be explored. Built in 1225 to protect the tax St. Goar tax collectors, Rheinfels quickly became one of the most spectacular castles of the Rhine Valley. These castles are unreal! AZLyrics. Aww this makes me want to revisit Germany! Wow these pictures are beautiful. . Some allow you to get on and off, others don’t. I’d probably spend my evenings looking through the photos and drinking Riesling. I know Kareemah! Read our full disclosure here. Schonburg Castle was built in the 12th century for the Dukes of Schonburg, the ruling family of Oberwesel at this time. Now you have given me even more reason and the info to do it. I think I could live there! They almost look fake! Ultimate Guide to the Fairy Tale Town of Bacharach, Germany. This helped to make the town of Kaub very wealthy! The charming town of Bacharach sits right along the Rhine and is overlook by Stahleck Castle up on the hill. This looks incredible – I’ve always wanted to go the Rhine. We did a Rhine River ferry with KD – from Mainz to St. Goar – and loved it. From the rubble of your love We are doing that next time! I didn't care it made me just want you more Like most castles of the Rhine, it fell into disrepair for many years until it was purchased by the Hecher family in 1975 who spent 19 years restoring it to its glory. Its four-storey gatehouse and mural towers make it the most commanding of the area’s stunning Three Castles, the others being Grosmont, at the heart of a picturesque Borders village, and Skenfrith, which sits in a chocolate box-pretty spot alongside the River Monnow (the 19-mile woodland hike between them is highly recommended). What an inspiring list. Germany definitely knew how to make castles haha they look so stunning! You captured all the castles so well in your pictures! We hope to be your "one stop shop" for all things related to couples travel! There are different options. Stahleck is now a youth hostel where you can spend a night or two if you choose to do so. I never thought that in this day and age that people lived in real castles still- not going to lie, I’m a bit jealous!! Oberwesel has a magnificent medieval wall and 16 of the original 21 towers of the town are still standing! We just didn’t plan enough time in this gorgeous area. That’s exactly why we put together this post outlining the beautiful castles of the Rhine. I'm gonna be so much more than My daughter is in Cologne for a convention and I am going with her. . I’m glad that one can stay in some of the castles. I told Marty that we are definitely staying in one next time! Rheinfels Castle sits watch over the town of St. Goar and is one of the largest castles of the Rhine. Live out your I’m A Celebrity fantasies at castles in Cornwall Tourism From a tiny one-bedroom castle on a cliff to huge regal estates 45 Cornish … I love Germany, but I am yet to see any of the castles. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. They are so stunning! The thermal spas, wonderful wine, and great places to stay make Assmannshausen a desired destination for visitors from all over the world. Well, they didn’t want the Loreley to sink our ship, so they were serenading her, of course! It wasn’t until 1346 that a new castle was built on the site on to later be destroyed in the War of the Palatine Succession. Writer(s): Daniel Nigro, Freya Ridings. It would be an enchanting experience. In its time, it has been a prison, police headquarters and law courts – authority has soaked into its very stones. My favorite is the Stahleck Castle, though all are unique in their own way. We're so glad you're here! Castles always remind me of fairy tales…or at least a good Harry Potter novel. When to Visit:  The boats run from early April through October, with the summer months being the nicest weather and therefore the most tourist. I would love to hear about some of your favorite towns. In our other post, The Ultimate Guide to the Fairy TaleTown of Bacharach, we talk about just that , I actually studied in this area, extremely beautiful! Inside the castle is decorated with are stained glass windows, beautiful paintings, and period furnishings. And if you love a good ghost story, ask about Petermännchen, the castle’s very own poltergeist believed to play mean tricks on unsuspecting wrongdoers. Best Castles in Scotland #5: Inveraray Castle and Gardens. You really should plan a trip there. I'm gonna be more than All of those castles are absolutely stunning!! These look spectacular and now I definitely want to book a trip with the family to see them! Can’t believe I haven’t made it to Germany yet! The village of Assmannshausen is well worth a visit during your time in the Rhine Valley. Gee. The Gutenfels Castle has been owned by the Falkenstein family since the 11th-century. Oh, we did that! It was gorgeous and so relaxing!! I only wish that I had booked a stay in a castle as well. The lady working the ticket office in St. Goar was super helpful so she won our business. Situated on a rocky outcrop, Rheinstein stands 270 feet above the Rhine River. Jan 25, 2017 - This Pin was discovered by MaineLifeAudit. OMG I’ve always wanted to visit Rhine Valley! We recommend cruising in one direction, and then taking the train in the opposite direction. You can’t travel to Ireland without seeing the castles that are dotted across the country. Omg! You ever thought I was Nowhere else in the world can you find as many castles as close together as the castles in The Upper Middle Rhine Valley. We never made it to Rhine – had we known there were this many castles we would have made sure we visited this beautiful city. The Ultimate Guide to the Fairy TaleTown of Bacharach. Before leaving, be sure to head up to Stahleck Castle, the 12th century castles that has one of the most picturesque views of the Rhine River that we experienced during our time in the Rhine Valley. If castles are seats of power, they don’t get any mightier than Dublin Castle. I’m so glad to hear that, Donna. We love to visit the UNESCO protected areas, they never disappoint. It really was amazing Julianna. We found Bistro Rene on Boarding our boat in St. Goar meant we were immediately greeted by two castles. It’s on my list for the next visit. The castle possesses a working drawbridge, a gorgeous courtyard with fabulous views of the Rhine, a garden still producing grapes, and a small chapel. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Deni, I know! Thanks! While being one of many toll castles on the Rhine, it was the unique location of Pfalz Castle that gave it a clear advantage over the other toll castles of the Rhine. Legend has it that a young maiden threw herself into the river in a fit of despair over an unfaithful lover. You are so right, Kanicia. I hope you had fun in Mannheim as well! Although Heimburg Castle is individually owned today, and not available for tours, you can still visit the town of Niederheimbach. Here on our blog, we share our tips for romantic and fun travel, great relationships, and falling and staying in love. You will catch your first view of the beautiful Inveraray Castle as you cross the old bridge into town. That I'm gonna build castles From the rubble of your love From the rubble of your love I'm gonna be more than You ever thought I was You ever thought I was [Bridge] Oh, oh Oh, oh [Chorus] After the family died out with their last heir, the castle was burned down in 1689 by French soldiers and sat in ruin for over 200 years. If you have time, definitely stop in Oberwesel. My god your love it seems so heartless These castles highlight the wealth and prosperity of this region in The Middle Ages, and a cruise along the Rhine River gives you an amazing view. That’s so great to hear, Hayley. Ehrenfels Castle was one of three castles originally built to protect the archbishop of Mainz. Oh. The cruise is a great idea but people who want a more active vacation I wonder if it would be possible to bike the route? Great photos! You ever thought I was, I'm gonna build castles All content on this site is copyrighted and may not be used without prior written consent. From the rubble of your love As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. One of the many castles on the Rhine that was used to charge tolls in order to transport goods down the Rhine River. It was destroyed in 1689, but the ruins are still pretty impressive. Several are individually owned, and therefore not tourable, but there are several that you can tour and even stay the night in! Why you ask? We loved Germany as well, and can’t wait to go back! The feel of history-influenced rural terrain under my feet is home turf indeed as the long list of Aberdeenshire castles drifts once more into my crosshairs. I’ve never been to this part of Germany but it seems great for the summer or fall. It was still really nice and super relaxing. And I hate that you think that I'm weak Located opposite of Assmannshausen, Rheinstein was our favorite castles on the Rhine. Forced me to add this locale to my bucket list. Only three castles remain relatively intact in the upper valley and most travelers visit one of these, making them the most famous castles in Germany along the Rhine River. Great photos, thanks for sharing <3. These sure do look straight out of a fairy tale! That Texas Couple is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Marty and I love using We will be going back for sure! Schonburg Castle is now a hotel that boasts 27 rooms along with a prison tower and a library! They did seem to be out of a fairytale, but so did the little villages surrounding them. I want to cruise the Rhine while she is busy working. You can climb into the hillside, walking into the vineyards before exploring the remaining town towers and the town wall. Thanks so much, Toni. Built in the beginning of the 14th-century, Rheinstein screams romance to me. And I hate that I don't wanna let go It’s more a series of rambling buildings than a contained stronghold, but it dates back to the 13th century and was actually built on a Viking site. It truly looks like a fairy tale! I can’t get enough of Germany. Your email address will not be published. We highly recommend Germany. Em. You’ve given me too many choices for what to go back and see now! You got that rush and then you walk out the door I will take the train back to Cologne. Learn how your comment data is processed. Ride the chair lift to the top of the hill while overlooking half-timbered house and beautiful vineyards. 15 Huge Stars Who Were Backup Singers First, NEW SONG: Shawn Mendes - "Wonder" - LYRICS, HOT SONG: BLACKPINK – "Lovesick Girls" - LYRICS, HOT SONG: Billie Eilish - "No Time To Die'" - LYRICS. For our trip to the Rhine Valley, we decided to make the charming town of Bacharach our home base. In the Medieval days, these two castles of the Rhine combined had clear views up and down the river where they could control traffic and collect their duties. Just admire it from your cruise. Even though the castle doesn’t offer guided tours, you are welcome to come up and admire the views while sipping a glass of wine in the castle’s courtyard. This half timbered village will have you falling in love with it in a matter of minutes. Marksburg Castle is the last original castle on the Rhineland and the interiors are viewable via guided German tour. Oh, you are going to love it. We wish that we had scheduled more time there. They are literally out of a fairytale Disney movie. We did a Rhine River ferry with KD – from Mainz to St. Goar – and loved it. Passed around several times, the castle fell into despair in the 1500s until it was purchased and rebuilt in 1834. Thanks, Ada! Built in 1225 to protect the tax St. Goar tax collectors, Rheinfels quickly became one of the most spectacular castles of the Rhine Valley. I never noticed, Castles Only to gain more power in 1479 when Neukatzenelnbogen ‘Katz’ Castle was built across the river. Since 1277, the castle has served as a castle of the Electorate of the Palatinate. Visitors will definitely want to stop in one of the historic taverns to enjoy the town’s famous red wine made from grapes grown on “hell hill”. See more ideas about Castle, Beautiful castles, Scotland. We actually only visited 2 during our trip. You can tour the tiny castle if you like, but it’s pretty boring so I wouldn’t bother. From the rubble of your love How many of them did you actually visit or are open to tourists? It was also the sight of several medieval battles and sieges, including one in 1282 when the castle was overtaken by King Rudolph I. Thanks, Amy! album: "Freya Ridings" (2019) I hope you have an amazing time! I'm gonna be stronger than From the rubble of your love 14 Best Castles near London. Not only do you get a great rate, but you also earn free nights. We stayed in a charming bed and breakfast, Bistro Rene, where the town castle overlooked our balcony! Losing your love, it made me strong We love castles too, Christina. We were a little disappointed first because we thought it was more of a “hop-on, hop-off” style, but it wasn’t in this area. Thanks so much, Ron. I never noticed, And I hate that you're gone I would love to visit some of these in my lifetime! These are actually only a few of the castles in this area. Love the photos! Whoa. LOL! So glad I read your article. Up on the hilltop near Aachen, is one of the many castles of the Rhine that have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sooneck Castle. Rheinstein was home to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph von Habsburg where he founded the Noble Knighthood. For years the castle provided protection to estates of the area and of course, collected tolls for passage along the river. How beautiful! I'm gonna be more than I know, we loved the architecture of the castles as well. I have done big cities and small towns though, so I do need to go back. You can’t beat that! Oddly enough, my husband and I are just starting work out the details of a trip to Germany and I said to him “I want to see castles.” Well, here we are! your own Pins on Pinterest If you take a chauffeur driven or self-guided tour, you’re bound to come across one or more of them.Of course, an escorted “Irish” coach tour usually includes a stop at a medieval castle or two. It is truly an amazing area. Thanks for the compliment on the photos. That Texas Couple is also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. You kept me small, is what you wanted Copyright: Writer(s): Daniel Nigro, Freya Ridings Lyrics Terms of Use, You left my love, you hit the target Our time in Germany included several great days in Munich before heading to the Rhine Valley and then ending in Nuremberg. Ha-Ha me too! Then it was a successful post in my opinion! It sounds like you had an amazing trip. Today the castle houses a modern roomed hotel where guests can immerse themselves in history. Yes, Taryn for sure. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. The UNESCO World Heritage portion of the Rhine Valley is breathtaking. Rheinfels Castle sits watch over the town of St. Goar and is one of the largest castles of the Rhine. Your daughter would feel just like a princess! Lyrics to 'Castles' by Freya Ridings. F. Freya Ridings Lyrics. NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY. Some castles may be haunted. Here you will find gorgeous sculptures, paintings, and one of the oldest altars in Germany! You can read all about why we chose Bacharach in our post, Ultimate Guide to the Fairy Tale Town of Bacharach, Germany. I love how different the castles are. Hi Rosemary! Sounds like a great place to relax and take in the views! You captured all the castles so well in your pictures! It was during this seige that the castle was destroyed and the king put a ban on rebuilding it. The wine was incredible Linn. Originally built in the 11th century, Sooneck Castle was destroyed twice. This post may contain affiliate links. Inside you will find a large collection of cast-iron plates, hunting trophies from all over the world, weapons, arms, porcelain, and furniture from centuries. We are Marty and Michelle, That Texas Couple! Great photo’s !! Join us to follow along on our journeys as we give you practical tips and advice to help make your couples travel dreams come true. What a fairy tale trip! These castles are AMAZING! All these castle look so amazing. Built by the archbishop in 1219 to protect his lands, Furstenburg Castle is now one of the ruined castles of the Rhine. From the rubble of your love Marty and I chose to use KD Cruise line for our trip. I can never get enough castles! Aberdeenshire Castles and the Historic Giants of the North East With autumn in full flow and a gentle sting in the crisp air, I look once more to the north.

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