Now that all of my Paris recaps are over, I can finally start moving forward and showing off all the other fun trips we took last year! Guys, I'm backlogged 9 months now. It's a little overwhelming. And with our huge cruise happening in just 5 days (and 7 other fairly substantial trips the rest of this year), it looks like I'll be recapping trips from our time abroad even after we move back stateside next summer. I can sleep when I'm dead, right? Right. So, next up is a little visit to Burg Rheinstein that I took with two dear friends who came to visit us after we returned from Paris. D and I literally had 4 days in between sending Nancy & Mark (the friends we took to Paris) home and welcoming Leslie & Sean (friends also from our college days) to Germany. Last summer was definitely a summer jam packed with trips and visitors...probably why we enjoyed it so much! Leslie and Sean had just come off of a 2 week yacht trip around various ports in Turkey with their family and decided to stop by Germany on their way home to visit with us. We only had 4 days with them, so I had to make them good! Burg Rheinstein was among some of the castles D and I had yet to explore on the Rhine River...and with it being just an hour away from Wiesbaden, it couldn't have been a more perfect sight to start with!
Burg Rheinstein is a striking medieval fortress built on a rock overlooking the Rhine River in the Loreley Valley. The castle was constructed in 900 A.D. to serve as a customs port for the German Empire, but eventually fell into disrepair under a lease to the Archbishops of Mainz. In 1832, the castle ruins and stone were purchased by Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig, the Royal Prince of Prussia, and was rebuilt by famous castle architect Claudius von Lassaulx. Since 1975, the castle has been privately owned by the Hetcher family who repaired and restored the castle over a period of 19 years to regain its former glory over the Rhine. I have to admit, it's one of the prettiest castles I've visited in this area. Everything had been beautifully restored and the views from the top of the highest castle tower were breathtaking. Although, climbing up the narrow winding stairwell to get up there was a bit frightening. If you've only a few castles to explore while visiting Loreley Valley, this is definitely one to top the "must-see" list!