Marksburg: The original among the castles


Welcome to the only intact hilltop castle on the Middle Rhine. The impressive fortress high above the Rhine is your gateway to the fascinating Middle Ages. Over the centuries, the entire building has been preserved as it was and is today a kind of museum of the era of knighthood. With its characteristically furnished forge, armoury, great hall, bedchamber, kitchen and torture chamber. The climb is worth it, if only for the fantastic view…

Majestically positioned at a height of 160 metres, the dazzling fortress can be seen from faraway. It was often attacked but never conquered. This was also due to the impressive fortifications that John V, Count of Hoya (nicknamed The Pugnacious) constructed around 1650. His portrait is the only one hanging in the great hall today. The German Castles Institute Deutsche Burgenvereinigung e.V. had to provide assistance with the interior design. Because behind its unshakable foundation walls, the furnishings fell victim to some renovations. These days, the interiors well worth seeing invite you to travel back in time to the Middle Ages. The impressive grounds outside also play their part in this. Incidentally, the castle is so beautiful that it was recreated in Japan in the 1990s.

In addition, the Marksburg is a protected cultural asset and part of the Unesco world heritage site, the Upper Middle Rhine valley. What is also remarkable is its medieval herb garden with 160 medicinal and herbal plants. You might know some of them from ancient fairy tales and legends. You can discover them here in a natural setting. What is very impressive for those fans of the knighthood era is the armoury with its fantastic collection of suits of armour. It’s the Middle Ages at your fingertips…

The medieval Marksburg Castle in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Romantic Rhine

Marksburg Castle in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Romantic Rhine

Golden tip

Worth gold

The view of the Rhine Valley and the Stolzenfels Castle located opposite is amazing. However, the fortress on the rock cone overlooking the town of Braubach was not built there because of its wonderful view. Instead, its purpose was to defend a silver mine very close by.

 

What else glitters…

Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein, Sterrenberg, Sooneck, Maus, Lahneck, Stolzenfels, Pfalzgrafenstein, Arenfels and New Museum Sayn Palace.

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