stolzenfels
Admission: 2,10 €
Guided tour: The palace can only be visited in combination with a guided tour
Hotel: none
Café/Restaurant: no refreshment facilities whatsoever
Information: a small booklet about the palace for 4,00 €
Souvenirs: none

Location: on the left bank of the Rhine in a suburb of Koblenz; Stolzenfels, ca 6 km from Koblenz
Approach: you park in the town of Stolzenfels, and walk for ca 12 minutes a steep path up the hill. The path is beautiful; rounded serpentines, over an old viaduct through the entrance building and ends in front of the palace

Schloss Stolzenfels was originally a castle which was likewise converted into a palace.
Guided tours were held if required, so you could end up waiting for half an hour, in which you can´t do anyhing but sit in the small yard.
Being heated from the sun and the climb you really miss any gastronomi- cally supply.
The guided tour itself takes about 50 to 60 minutes and is quite interesting and detailed. You see - in contrast to a lot of other castles - nearly the whole palace site, learn a thing or two about the architectural features and leave with the feeling of "really having seen the whole place".

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The charm of the palace lies in its Mediterranean aura. The bright yellow of the walls, the luxuriantly overgrown pergola garden and the gravelled ter- race get you in a kind of southern mood; you feel more like "being abroad" than in Koblenz at the Rhine.
(Again: which you are probably doing anyway; reading this page in English indicates that you come from "abroad"...)
A Café latte would really perfect the moment now....
But Koblenz is nearby and, this should be mentioned somewhere, is a nice and interesting city.

Résumé: True, not really a castle.
But considering this deficiency a very nice trip, in which "the way is the goal". I quite enjoyed it, partly because this trip provides you with the sa- tisfying feeling of really having learned something.
Oh, and then there was the man working there with eyes as blue as his shirt (his shirt was blue...). I missed the beginning of the tour because I - as could happen to anyone - was a little late.
When I stayed in the garden after the tour taking some more pictures he offered to show me the parts of the palace I had missed.
And so I was the last visitor in Stolzenfels and exclusively visited the kit- chen and the chapel.
Thanks so much!
Anyway, back to the résumé: especially if you visit the palace on a hot day, make sure to have something to drink with you.
Recommendable

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History: The castle Stolzenfels was built in 1250 by the archbishopry of Trier, obviously as a "counter part" to Burg Lahneck, belonging to the arch- bishop of Mainz on the opposite bank of the Rhine, which had been built a few years previously.
During the 14th century the castle (as did Burg Lahneck) served as a cus- tom castle. Occasionally the archbishop stayed at the castle; in the mean- time it served as a residence for the royal stewardship of Stolzenfels.
In the Thirty Years´ War the castle was seized several times and in 1689 finally laid in ashes by the French during the succesless siege of Koblenz in the Palatine War of Succession.
In the 18th century it served as a quarry.
In 1823 Burg Stolzenfels came as a gift into the possession of the later Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The "romantic on the throne" immedi- ately desired to create a residence for himself at this place, and so the ruin was converted into a neo-gothic palace, including the original substance by doing so.
Until now the palace remains as a monument of the interior and the exteri- or style of living of the middle of the 19th century. It belongs to the land Rheinland-Pfalz.

Links: http://www.burgen-rlp.de/schloe/3_stolze/main_s3.htm

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