Located in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the Rheinstein Castle is one of the most iconic medieval constructions in Germany. It’s a structure that has seen a lot over time.
From its initial construction by the Archbishop of Mainz to its reconstruction by the Prince Frederick of Prussia, this castle has withstood the tests of time with grace. Today, it is a lexicon of 19th century Romanticism and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of the Rhine valley
Origin Story 1: Construction By Roman Emperor Rudolph (1282-1286)
According to some sources, the Rheinstein Castle was built by the Holy Roman Emperor known as Rudolph von Habsburg. The initial construction period lasted from 1282 to 1286.
It was a residential castle that was also built to secure the territory against robber knights – the reason that it had an “integrated shield wall.” In fact, it was inside this castle that Rudolph used to pass judgment on the captured knights. It was later leased to the Archbishops of Mainz by Rudolph l
Origin Story 2: Archbishop Mainz (14th to 17th century)
According to this version, sources say that the Rheinstein Castle was built by the first Archbishop of Mainz to stave off robber knights from the land. From the Count of Bucheck, Matthias in 1323 to Diether of Isenburg in 1459, the castle was passed through generations of Archbishops. Sometimes, they even used to reside there outside of any religious or official duties.