Burg Rheinstein

Lonely Planet review

In the 1820s privately-owned Rheinstein became the first Rhine castle to be converted – by Prussian royalty (a branch of the Hohenzollerns) – into a romantic summer residence complete with turrets and battlements. Today, the mostly neo-Gothic interior is furnished more-or-less as it was over a century ago. Highlights include a tiny chapel, the Rittersaal (Knights’ hall) and 14th- to 19th-century stained-glass windows brought from churches in Cologne and Düsseldorf. Entry fees help fund upkeep. Has two apartments for rent.

The castle, 90 vertical metres above the river, is 6km downriver from Bingen. A short switchback path leads up the slope from a row of parking places along the B9.