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    CRUISING THE RHINE - OBERWESEL - 21

    by balhannah Written Jan 6, 2012

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    Oberwesel is the Town located beneath Schonburg Castle. It is said to be a good example of a Town from the Middle Age's. Pretty impressive as there are 16 military towers and an accessible city wall.
    Sights to see are...Schonburg castle, the "Liebfrauen" church and the parish church "St.Martin".

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - SCHONBURG CASTLE - 20

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    Not that much further on, and we are told to look left for Schonburg Castle, near Oberwesel.

    Owned by the archbishop of Magdeburg, it passed into the possession of Emperor Friedrich I in 1166, who raised it to imperial status and mortgaged it to the archdiocese of Magdeburg again in 1216.
    Schonburg Castle was occupied by different armies during the Thirty Years’ War and destroyed in the Palatinate War of Succession of 1689.

    This Castle had many Tower's and was different, as a part was built in red Brick!
    The Schonburg family lived here, at one time, eight branches of the family were here at once!
    The castle has three courtyards at different heights, circular Tower's and a Square shaped Gate Tower, a great hall, and a Gothic chapel.

    Today, Schonburg Castle is a hotel and the Kolpingwerk uses it as youth castle.

    The Castle is not open for visitor's.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - VILLAGE OF KAUB - 19

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    KAUB.......
    Home of the wine growers, pilots and slate-miners is well-known because of its Toll Station Pfalzgrafenstein.

    It was another pretty little 1000year old Village that stretched out alongside the River Rhine. The landmark of Kaub, of course is Pfalzgrafenstein Castle.
    Also, another piece of history is here. The is a Monument to Blucher, the Prussian General who
    on New Year's Night in 1813/1814, sent 60,000 soldiers with 20,000 horses across the Rhine with the aid of the pilots from Kaub and a pontoon bridge, to drive Napoleon out of Germany.

    The views from the Boat were fantastic of here!
    In the foreground was the Boat shaped Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, then the lovely village, lots of Vine yards heading up the hill to Gutenfel's Castle, now Hotel. As pretty as a picture!

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    CRUIZING THE RHINE - GUTENFEL'S CASTLE -18

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    As I looked at Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, I could see some remain's of another Castle, this was Gutenfel's Castle.
    Not much left of this one! An unusual name too, orginally known as the "Cube" Castle!

    This Castle was built in 1220, strengthened and enlarged in the 14th century and has withstood an unsuccessful seige in 1504, with the victor renaming the castle ‘Gutenfels’ (solid rock), had it renovated and improved the fortifications.
    During the Thirty Years’ War, it was conquered by the Spaniards, the Hessian-Swedish alliance, by imperial forces, and, once again by Hessian troops. In 1793, the castle was handed over to French troops without a fight, then in 1806, Napoleon had the castle’s fortifications razed.

    What is left of the Ruin's has been restored, rather than having them demolished.

    It is now a Hotel if you wish to stay there. What a lovely view you would have from here!

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - BACHARACH - 16

    by balhannah Written Jan 6, 2012

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    Now we are making a stop at the Town of Bacharach, a fairly popular stop, with many getting off and on!
    Viewing the town from the Boat, it did look interesting, and probably was, as it dates back to 871.
    The Town is well known for its Viniculture and Wine trade, even way back in the Middle Age's.

    We didn't get off the Boat, but I can see why many did, just read this list of things to see here!

    Old house; market Place; Gothic Werner chapel; old post office, Church St. Peter, Church St. Nikolaus, Former Mint, Town Hall, Town fortification's, half-timbered buildings, and plenty of Castle's and Ruin's nearby!
    Bacharach now is a very popular tourist destination, and I can tell you a friend who stayed here in 2011, said it is well worth visiting.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - LORCHHAUSEN -15

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    Eye's "right" now!

    We are passing the small historical Wine village of Lorchhausen that is surrounded by many Vineyard's. There is a lot of Viniculture tradition here.
    From the water, I could see the neo gothic Church of Bonifatius.

    The town is the border location between Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate. It is also the starting-point of the famous "Rheingau Riesling Route".

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - STAHLECK CASTLE -14

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    Looking to the left, we see the impressive Stahleck Castle.
    This Castle, a very profitable one, was built in the 12th century to protect the four-valley region around Bacharach.
    During the Palantine War in 1689, the Castle was blown up by the French Troop's.

    Later, the Third Reich and the National Socialists set up a ‘re-education camp for young people’ at Stahleck Castle. Conscripted adolescents from Luxembourg were prepared for the eastern front.

    Stahleck Castle, with moats and ditches, the curtain wall, the keep, and the great hall rising one behind the other, represents an excellent example of castle design in the Staufen era.

    It is a popular youth hostel now.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - FURSTENBURG CASTLE RUIN'S -11

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    We are back into Vineyard's on this side of the River!
    The Furstenberg Castle was built in 1219 by order of an archbishop of Cologne for protection of his estates and for levying of tolls.
    Now, all that remain's are Ruins, brought about by the Palatinate Succession War.
    We could see a fortified wall, and tower, infact, a very good view from the Boat!

    Like Heimburg Castle it is also privately owned today and is not open to visitor's.

    Furstenberg Castle stands on the hill, and at the foot is the Town of Rheindiebach.

    What I didn't expect to see on the Rhine, and that was 'WINDSURFER'S" that I saw here!

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - TOWN OF LORCH -13

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    Still looking on the right side, we see the Town of Lorch, with a high Church spire.
    This is the parish church St. Martin, which has the greatest wood carved altar (1483) in Germany.

    Well, we are on the Boat, so just have to view the half-timbered houses, and read on what I will miss out on, and that is ....
    The fortified Strunck..... the Leprosenhaus (house of lepers) with a round tower.....the Zehnthof (storage yard for the duties to the church).....the town hall and the church and the Hilchen House from the 16th century, located directly at the Rhine.

    Golly, I wish we had time to visit later as I read it has 32 lanes with archways, nooks and recesses from the Middle Ages, plus all those interesting sight's I have just mentioned, Wow! This would have been a fascinating town!

    If you love Wine, then you will also love this Village as it has many Wine tavern's and wine-cellars.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - NOLLIG CASTLE RUINS -12

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    There is so much to see around here, I was wondering which way to look first, it really kept me busy with my Camera!

    We are looking to the right side of the Boat now, and here are the ruin's of Nollig Castle. There is little to see, just the tower of the Nollig Castle located high above the Town of Lorch.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - HEIMBURG CASTLE - 10

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    Heimburg Castle is another Castle close by, and still on the same side of the River.
    This one was built between 1290 and 1305,and was originally named "Haneck or Hoheneck.
    "Heimburg Castle was meant to protect the locality and the road to the enclave of the Electorate of Mainz.
    The Castle fell into decay in the 16th century, was destroyed in 1689 and in the 19th century, it was renovated for residential use.

    Heimburg Castle is situated at the mouth of the Heimbachtal, a side valley of the Rhine. It has a round Keep, Battlement's, Gardener's house and Gatehouse.

    Heimburg castle is privately owned and not open to visitors.

    It is located in the village of Niederheimbach.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - SOONECK CASTLE - 9

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    Sooneck Castle is the Castle I could see in the distance!

    Another great looking Castlel, Sooneck was also part of defensive fortifications.
    Once again there was trouble with the landlord's who were the Knights of Bolanden, and the Lords of Hohenfels who also were up to no good, including illegal collection of Rhine tolls.

    In 1689, during the Palatinate War of Succession, the castle was blown up by French troops.
    Luckily, the Castle ruin was purchased by the Prussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and his brothers Carl and rebuilt, the last of the Rhine castles to be rebuilt by the Hohenzollern family.

    If you visit after the Cruise, expect to see a collection of Empire and Biedermeier furniture from the castles of Stolzenfels and Coblence, only seen with a guided tour, which runs every 15 minutes when busy, longer intervals off season.

    ADMISSION....Adult's ...2.60 euros

    Opening times: April 1 until September 30: 9:00-6pm
    October 1 until November 30 and January 1 until March 31: 9:00-1pm & 2 -5pm
    Last admission 30 min. before closing.
    December and on 1st working day of every week - Closed.

    How to get there:

    Access from the B9, approx. 2½ km after leaving Trechtingshausen turn left (before reaching Niederheimbach). Drive through the vineyard for about 1 km to reach the car park (10 to 15 parking spaces). A footpath leads through the woods to the castle.

    From the train station at Niederheimbach, it is about 2 km to the castle. From the pier in Niederheimbach about 1½ km along the B9 towards Trechtingshausen. A few metres after leaving Niederheimbach, there is a signposted turning for the castle.

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - TRECHTINGSHAUSEN -8

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    As we round the River bend, we saw the town of Trechtingshausen.
    Trechtingshausen, since 2003, is also on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE list.

    The Town looked to be narrow, situated mostly alongside the River, as behind the Village wasn't Vineyard's, but the Bingen Forest.
    This is another old Town, dating back to 1122. Old grave stone's from the Frankish period have been found and verify date's!
    It has some interesting sight's to see, [previously mentioned], also a Basilica and this is where the Bingen Firework's begin on the first Saturday in July.

    Just on the outskirt's of the Village, we could see quite a large Quarry. The Quarry has been in use since the 17th century, and here they quarry Greywack, a variety of sandstone.

    If you happen to be here for the Feuerwehrfest (Fire Brigade Festival) on the last weekend in June (Friday-Sunday) be aware the Bundesstrasse 9, is closed to all motorized traffic between Bingen and Koblenz.

    In the distance, I can see another Castle!

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - BURG REICHENSTEIN - 7

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    Golly, Another Castle close to the other one!

    It is Burg Reichenstein, another Castle that sits atop a rocky promontory, this time, above the Town of Trechtingshausen. We are only approx 5kms from Bingen, and already we have seen many Castle's!
    Reichenstein is one of the oldest castles on the Middle Rhine and was probably built in the early 11th century.

    In 1214, the Abbot's chose the Von Bolanden family to govern the Castle. This turned out to be a very bad choice, as the Von Bolandens turned out to be robber's!
    The castle was destroyed by the Rhenish Town League in 1253 and then again by King Rudof von Habsburg in 1282 to put an end to the bad doing's!
    It was rebuilt in 1344, including a double ring wall of the main castle, a rectangular residential tower and an inner courtyard, and then, in the 15th century, two round towers were added on the Rhine side and a gate to the north was access to the castle.
    The massive sentry wall, which is up to eight metres thick and 16 metres high, still stands today along with its partially reconstructed corner towers.

    In 1689, it was destroyed once again, this time during the Palatine War of Succession. In 1834, it changed hands, and the Gate building was made into a residence, and the Ruin's were rebuilt into a large residential Castle

    After the cruise, if you do visit this Castle, there is antique furniture as well as an extensive collection of historic weapons and armour. The chapel, in the New Gothic style, contains an altarpiece from 1556 as well as other works of art dating back between the 15th & 18th centuries.

    OPEN DAILY ...10 - 6PM

    ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults 4.50 euro's

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    CRUISING THE RHINE - CHAPEL OF ST. CLEMENT - 6

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    Still looking at the view's on the left side of the River, I see a small Chapel.

    There is interesting story to this Chapel..........

    Rudolphus of Habsburg, who was elected Emperor when Germany was left with out a Ruler, was determined to run a firm Government and to put an end to the evil-doings of the robber's and knight's along the Rhine.
    He had already threatened to annihilate them and to destroy their strongholds. Rudolphus set fire to the Castles of Reichenstein, Sooneck, Helmburg and others. When he caught the "Noble's," he hung their bodies from Tree's for all to see!
    Merchants who had endured hardships from these people, were now extremely happy with the way the Emperor was dealing with these people.

    In order to atone for these sins, and in accordance with the wise counsel of a priest, the trees on which the bodies had been hanged were cut down, and the wood used to build a chapel to make amend's for what been done in the past. Stones were also taken from the smoking ruins of the burning castles and also used.
    The little church was built on the lonely place of execution on the Rhine.
    The day arrived when the Chapel was ready to be used, it was a very sad day when the Priest read the prayer's for the first time.

    St. Clement's, built in the 13th century, is still pretty much the same as back then.
    Some changes made to the Chapel are Gothic tracery Windows, the Gothic corner Pinnacle Tower and the colour it's painted.
    If you do visit, there are some old medieval frescoe's to see and a small cemetery.

    This Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

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