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Rheinfels Castle, Sankt Goar
(4.6/5 based on 320 reviews on the web)
Once the largest castle overlooking the Rhine, Rheinfels Castle once covered an area five times its current size. The majority of the actual castle is in ruins, but just outside the walls, you'll find a wellness center, hotel, and restaurant. The pathway under the clock tower just opposite the hotel is the castle's main entrance, and it will lead you to the earl's former quarters and the cellar. The 16th-century cellar is the largest self-supporting cellar in Europe at 16 m (52 ft) high and 24 m (79 ft) long. It is now used as a concert hall with a capacity for 400 people. In the chapel, a museum displays a history of the castle along with artifacts found on the site. A scale model of the castle's original ground plan showcases the forethought used in building a structure that could withstand lengthy sieges. Before you head to Sankt Goar, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sankt Goar travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Sankt Goar has to offer, including Rheinfels Castle.
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  • Rheinfels use to be the largest castle in Germany, but only a small portion of it remains today. You get a map of the ruins when you enter then you can explore at your own pace! There are lots of litt...  more »
  • This is I think the most beautiful ruin of Germany. You can walk around for hours and if you have surprise underground passages, The Outlook is very beautiful and it's a party to be able to walk around here
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  • This was the second time to Rheinfels. Be in decent physical shape! You will walk and climb a lot! Self guided tour I took was informative. It does help if you know French or German. That did help. Fe...  more »
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  • Awesome castle with spooky tunnels to explore and great views. Highly recommended. If you see a dark tunnel that looks like it goes nowhere, go down it. It will lead somewhere and make for a great story to tell others.
  • What a stunning property on the Rhine. As American tourists we were shocked and pleased by the low price of admission and that you could bring your dog. It's a self guided tour, so you have as much time as you want to explore. The castle is huge so take your time and check out the whole property. Fantastic views of the Rhine river valley. Great museum on site with all kinds of interesting artifacts. A must see along the Rhine river valley!
  • This is probably the best castle I have ever visited, and I have visited a lot of them in England, Scotland, France and Germany. This castle is perfect to visit on your own, or perhaps I should say explore because it really feels like exploring: you can almost go everywhere you see and it is so big that you won't be stuck with other visitors. If you want to visit everything it takes about 2 hours or more and the entry prices is very cheap. Walking through the medieval battlements, tunels and mines will make you forget that you're in the 21th century.
  • The ruins were great! The signs to guide one through the tour were a bit confusing, but that is probably because a surprising amount of the ruin is open to exploration, so getting off the path is easy.
  • Beautiful spot along the river with self-guided tours around the castle and into the tunnels and dungeons, it was a lot of fun