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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Kaub

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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is a toll castle on the Falkenau island, otherwise known as Pfalz Island in the Rhine river near Kaub, Germany. Known as "the Pfalz," this former stronghold is famous for its picturesque and unique setting.HistoryThe keep of this island castle, a pentagonal tower with its point upstream, was erected 1326 to 1327 by King Ludwig the Bavarian. Around the tower, a defensive hexagonal wall was built between 1338 to 1340. In 1477 Pfalzgrafenstein was passed as deposit to the Count of Katzenelnbogen. Later additions were made in 1607 and 1755, consisting of corner turrets, the gun bastion pointing upstream, and the characteristic baroque tower cap.The castle functioned as a toll-collecting station that was not to be ignored. It worked in concert with Gutenfels Castle and the fortified town of Kaub on the right side of the river. Due to a dangerous cataract on the river's left, about a kilometer upstream, every vessel would have to use the fairway nearer to the right bank, thus floating downstream between the mighty fortress on the vessel's left and the town and castle on its right. A chain across the river drawn between those two fortifications forced ships to submit, and uncooperative traders could be kept in the dungeon until a ransom was delivered. The dungeon was a wooden float in the well.
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  • Accessible only by a pedestrian ferry, great small castle used as a toll house in the past. Well maintained. A must inside the Rhine Valley.  more »
  • This is a toll Burg was fallen building. Is an island in the middle of the Rhine and is only accessible from the B42, otherwise first with the ferry across to the other side. Lovely building to look at, not large, is thereby best quick to do. And quite affordable. Boat ticket and entrance ticket apart cash checkout, not useful. But well worth watching.
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  • Small castle which stands on an island in the middle of the Rhine River and near the town of Oberwessel. beautiful scenery and picturesque. In your story was used as tax collection of boats. Quite beautiful.
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  • Probably one of the underrated sites to visit on the rhein. Since its slightly more challenging to visit than other castles on the Rhein there were no tourists while we were there. The entire building is open to wander around and you are free to explore the surrounding island. Beautiful views of the valley and of the castle.
  • A very interesting castle with a sheep shape right in the middle of Rhine River.
  • Beautiful castle at the small island in Rhein river.
  • Do not miss this border castle.
  • Is quite interesting. It goes with a boat and can visit the castle of customs. At the time, renovations are on the inside. This is to be expected with some limitations.
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