Who could resist a chance to explore a medieval castle? Here is a little bit about the castle that we had a chance to tour. Rheinfels Castle is a castle ruin located above the west bank of the Rhine in St. Goar, Germany. It was started in 1245 by Count Diether V of Katzenelnbogen. After expansions, it was the largest fortress in the Middle Rhine Valley between Koblenz and Mainz. It was slighted by French Revolutionary Army troops in 1797. It is the largest castle overlooking the Rhine, and historically covered five times its current area. While much of the castle is a ruin, some of the outer buildings are now a luxury hotel, and a restaurant. There is also a museum within some of the better preserved structures.
We enjoyed climbing through the big mine tunnels and testing out our voices in the gigantic cellar that was used to store food supplies for soldiers in the 15th century. I was glad to have my tour guide (Sam) by my side as we meandered through the mazes. It was an experience not to be missed with views of the Rhine that seem to go on forever.