Rheinstein Castle | Germany

One of the best decisions we made in Germany was renting a car! We were able to leisurely move about the country, drive the Autobahn and stop at roadside gas stations and eateries whenever we felt like it. And on our roadtrip adventure agenda was a stop at a German castle. My first choice of castles on the way down to Rothenburg was Burg Eltz, but seeing as it was closed for the winter, we stopped at Rheinstein Castle which was just as great.


Perched high above the Rhine, Rheinstein Castle is just one of many castles along the winding river. While I love British castles, especially ones along the coastlines, there is also something that makes a river castle just as enchanting. 



When we arrived at the castle, we parked at the bottom and began the trek up the hill to the castle door. It was hard to get a good picture of the castle from our angle and we couldn’t really see just how high up the castle went….but we would get a good understanding soon enough. We paid our entry fees and Van took over as tour guide. He was pretty pumped about his first German castle. 




Van and I basically had the castle to ourselves and we wandered around with the guidebook and took in the gorgeous views of the Rhine. 



The history of this castle is pretty much like other castles…various owners, used for differing reasons to protect different peoples, etc, etc. Construction of the castle began in the 14th century and served to protect the Mainz territory on the south Middle Rhine. It eventually fell to ruin but restoration of the castle soon took place and has continued over the years. 















The interior of the castle was open for exploration as well. And good thing since it was really chilly that day! I always love when a castle is set up to look the way it did back when it was in use. I love to imagine what castle life must have been like. Rheinstein is not a large castle and I think life would have seemed a little bit isolated here. Castles dot the river but I'm not sure if they were friendly with each other....I need to brush up on some of this history!




We eventually got to the point of the tallest tower after browsing the interior. With only a very narrow staircase leading to the top, I was terrified to go to the top. But of course, I did….someone has to take the pictures around here!








And then it was time to haul butt down becasue I was about to start hyperventilating! 


Rheinstein Castle was a great introduction to German castles and it was super cool to have the place to ourselves. Our own little royal day. A day to remember! 

We are hoping to visit Neuschwanstein in a few days and are pretty excited about it! Have you been to any German castles? 




Linking up with these ladies  bonniecourtneyyalanda, & cynthia for Travel Tuesday!

39 comments

  1. I've been to a few castles along the Rhine but I have to admit my favourite part is always the view!

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  2. This one definitely has a pretty view! I told Cory that when we finally settle down, I want a place near water. In Nashville, that probably means a big creek or a lake, but I'd take a river, too! :)

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  3. I would have love to have been able to keep driving up the river to catch a glimspe of a few more castles...and yes, the views were just amazing!

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  4. I would love to live on water as well....no matter what type, its always so peaceful!

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  5. I have been to the Neuschwanstein it was when we were in college though. It was an absolute magical place. As we walked up the hill it started snowing on us. Amazing outside, but didn't have enough money to go inside. This castle looks so much fun to explore. www.eatallovertheworld.com

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  6. hey, I've been there! PRETTY! :D

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  7. It's great that you basically had the place to yourselves! Crowds can make experiences less fun, especially when you get to those spots where everyone is trying to look at the exact same thing at the same time. I like when life in a place is recreated, too. It's fun to picture what things were like years ago.

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  8. Gotta love when you get a place to yourself (that happened for me with the Austrian Parliament building, private tour for the price of a group tour!) ... can't wait to see your post for Neuschwanstein, its my favorite of all the European castles :)

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  9. Im sure those little tiny stairs weren't helping your anxiety!

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  10. Ooh I love castles! This one is incredible and the views look like they were so impressive! Its so fun to imagine that crazy nobility that must have lived in places like this.

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  11. The blog is looking great Jamie!!


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  12. So cool to basically get a castle to explore by yourselves! I almost made it to Neuschwanstein this December but it was snowing hard and it was debatable if our car was going to make it so we turned around. But I went to nearby Linderhof Palace - small but the interior is gorgeous (it was finished before the king ran out of money). I definitely recommend it if you're in the area!

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  13. I love these smaller, darker castles as opposed to the giant stately ones you normally see. Very cool!

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  14. I love castles! I only visited one when I last went to Europe, but they're so enchanting in so many ways. This castle looks so beautiful, when I visit Germany next I will definitely want to visit here!

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  15. Awesome! My sis and I are going to Germany at the end of this month and are hoping to get to Neuschwanstein. Perhaps we will add this to the list as well!

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  16. I do love a good German castle! I love all of the exterior parts you can walk and climb around! I have visited Burg Eltz & the Rheinfels castle ruins in St. Goar and deeply enjoyed them both. Lovely photos-- really captures the feeling and the weather that day as well.

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  17. This castle looks so charming! I would love to get to explore some castles in Germany, or really anywhere, but the castles in Germany look like they are quite amazing!

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  18. We are really fortunate that we get to visit all of these different castles, but the German ones are definitely unique!

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  19. Thanks! Germany is amazing....add it to a list :)

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  20. Oh I bet Burg Eltz was great! German castles are definitely unique and I hope to go see a few more :)

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  21. I am soooooo excited about Neuschwanstein!! We are going next week....I hope you and your sister have a blast!

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  22. Castles are amazing....my favorite one was in Scotland on the ocean cliffside and it was the most magical place I have been!

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  23. Yes!! I love the small sort of secluded ones that aren't all about opulence!

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  24. Thanks for the recommendation! We are going with a tour to Neuschwanstein so I am hoping that they have a good route to get to the castle haha!! I do not want to miss it!!

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  25. I know right? I always place myself back in time and I'm not sure if I would have like living in this castle....I know I would have fallen off the edge of the cliff haha!!

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  26. Oh no! They were pretty wobbly and I just had to take deep breaths and concentrate on each step!

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  27. It's like magic when you get a place to yourself....it happened for me st St. Peters Basilica as well....not completely alone, but no lines and it was amazing. Can't wait for Neuschwanstein!

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  28. Oh we get pretty grumpy in crowds haha!! This was a rarity to be completely alone somewhere....one of those little travel moments that make you feel pretty lucky!!

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  29. I'm hoping we get a little snow as well when we visit Neuschwanstein!!

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  30. I would looove to live in a country where castles were just a part of your everyday landscape! I'm living vicariously through you until we go on our trip! Have fun skiing!

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  31. Wow what an amazing castle - it looks so beautiful even in the grey.

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  32. Train travel is super easy but there is just something about being out on your own and being able to stop whenever and wherever! They drive on the right side (US side) throughout mainland Europe...so it's easy. What's not easy, or cheap, is renting an automatic!!

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  33. It was pretty stunning...but I bet even more beautiful in the summer :)

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  34. It's pretty incredible! I will certainly miss it when we eventually move home!

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