In southern Koblenz, in the town district of Stolzenfels, the castle with the same name is enthroned high above the Rhine. As Stolzenfels Castle was erected by the Archbishop of Trier, Arnold von Isenburg, it was used to levy the Rhine tolls up until 1412. After the expansion by Archbishop Werner von Falkenstein, the toll castle became the residence of the Koblenz office for the Electorate of Trier. After a long period of occupation (1632 by Sweden, 1634 and 1646 by France) the French destroyed the castle in 1689 during the Palatinate succession war. After the defeat of Napoleon, the town of Koblenz demanded ownership of the castle and gave the ruins to the Prussian Prince Royal, Friedrich Wilhelm.
After this, the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel was commissioned to restore the castle and work started according to Schinkel’s plans in 1836.
Completion was celebrated in 1842 with an amazing costume ball. Stolzenfels Castle was open to the public at this time and has been the epitome of Rhine romance ever since.
Nowadays the beautifully enchanting castle buildings, in which you can experience the impressive residential culture of the 19th century, can be reached on foot by a serpentine path from the district of Stolzenfels. Scurry around wearing felt slippers over your shoes through the great knight’s hall or discover the residential rooms of the royal couple during a guided tour.
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