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Rheinstein Castle
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Owner description: "Burg Rheinstein" is nowadays a interesting museum with a long history. There is a restaurant for visitors and if you'd like to a special experience - there two beautiful apartments which can be booked for a overnight stay. The castle "Burg Rheinstein" is located approx. 5 kilometers (approx. 3 miles) westward of Bingen, down the river Rhine, at the south entrance of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of the Upper Middle-Rhine Valley ("Oberes Mittelrheintal"), face to face with the village of Assmannshausen. The castle was the symbol of the castle-reconstruction period in the 19th century, the so-called Romanticism, because of its impressive location, and also its eventful history had many highlights.
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Our family enjoyed exploring this castle on our own with the help of an information pamphlet supplied with admission. There is a relatively steep, but short, switch-back walk to the impressive draw bridge and gate. From there you can wander through the beautiful grounds full of flowers and grape vine covered arbours. The church architecture is exquisite and is complete with a crypt. Several rooms inside the castle are furnished and give a real sense of what life might be like living in a castle hundreds of years ago. The highlight of the tour was the climb up an exterior open staircase to the top of the castle tower that stands on the edge of the river-side cliff. The stairs are a little scary but the views of the Rhine River and surrounding countryside are spectacular. We drove to this castle from St. Goar where we were staying. The castle parking is along the road about 2 km south of Trechtingshausen.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

I was thrilled with this castle especiaaly how beautifully they have maintained the garden, fountains and rooms to convey how the life there must have been. Right from the kitchen, a wonderful chapel jutting from a cliff (most striking imo), the rooms with antique furniture and fittings were a delight. The stairs are very narrow though in some places. The drawbridge at the entrance was my favorite feature of the castle.

There is a small cafe but we didn't try anything there. It seemed cozy with a great view of the river, many families could be seen relaxing there. You can also have a wedding in this castle! A small part of the castle is now a hotel, but this portion is off the main grounds.

The toilets were clean and spiffy. There was 4 euro entry fees for the castle and we felt it was totally worth it!

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

I'm sure there are better castles along the Rhein and Mosel, but somehow this was precisely what we needed.
Good things: close to Bingen and first castles on the proper valley when arriving from Frankfurt/Mainz. So, as we were driving by, this was within easy reach.
Like many other castles, you need to climb up to the castle - but no stairs to the castle, you could even push up your strollers if needed. Kids loved to run this down (naturally), climbing up was ok because they wanted to get to the castle.
Castle is not the biggest one, but precisely because of that kids stayed enthusiastic throughout the visit and did not tire down.
Shop in the castle was also reasonably priced and we bought some medieval theatre stuff, coloring books and the like.
Oh, and the sights from the tower and the wall were magnificent!

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

The castle itself is beautiful. However, it is not set up well for tourists. I am not sure if the administration of Burg Rheinstein even wants tourists. They put out tourist promotional material, yet when we got there, I felt under the impression that they were far more interested in attracting functions, especially weddings. There is absolutely no interpretive signage anywhere in they castle, so you have to essentially guess what rooms you are looking at and there's no way to learn anything about the history of the place or the people who lived there. No audio guides and no printed guides either. The first level has photos of weddings everywhere, as if they are trying to show you how nice your wedding would look there. Also, while we saw electric lights everywhere, none were turned on. While daylight could still get in, in many places there weren't a lot of windows so it was a bit dark. We did enjoy getting to walk along the top of one of the castle walls, though.

Also, they have not maintained the footpath (stairs) up the hill to the castle, so you have to walk up the road. The stairs looked like they had been out of action for a long time, yet nothing we read anywhere (not on pamphlets, not on signs along the main road) indicated how to actually get there. We wasted a bit of time walking along the road looking for the stairs up (there are two sets), only to find both were out of action, then having to walk back along the road to find the road up the hill. There are no signs from the train station on how to get there which would be a good idea. There were a few road signs which would be fine for people driving into town but not for people arriving by train. There were signs for Burg Rheinstein which was further away but not Reichenstein!

The place was cheap so we didn't feel ripped off, but we definitely left thinking our time could have been better spent perhaps at Burg Rheinstein just a little further south, or even perhaps taking the train north to Koblenz and looking at some of the castles there. We spent less than an hour there, when the day before we had spent a good 3 hours exploring the ruined castle of Rheinfels at St Goar, as their interpretive information and printed tours were so interesting. If you are staying right in Trechtingshausen then I'd say it's probably worth going up for a bit of a look, but I wouldn't say it's worth travelling there from Bacharach, Bingen etc just to see that castle.

4  Thank LilaBear87
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

I am not sure why there are negative reviews on this castle. Of course it is a very steep hike to get to it, but if you're in shape it will be no problem. Once you reach the top of the zig-zag trail, you come to a draw-bridge where you meet the owner of the castle or another family member. The lady that met us was the daughter-in-law of the owner, and I believe they live adjacent to the castle. Once everyone in our group made it to the draw-bridge, she let us in and gave us a quick history of the castle. I found the whole event enjoyable. There are three or four different levels. I really thought the "princess" and "price" levels were the best.

The best part of this tour was you could explore on your own (pretty much everywhere). Most castles in Germany have rooms roped off. This was different and my daughter loved it.

There is a cafe that serves coffee, hot chocolate, rolls, and cake--so bring a few Euro with you for a snack!

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