Medieval castles and fairy-tale villages in Germany
  • Rheinfels castle

    Schlossberg, 56329

    How to Get There?


      Deutsche Bahn trains like the RE (direction Frankfurt am Main) are reaching St. Goar train station on a regular basis. A special Castle Express takes you comfortably in the 25 minutes from market square St. Goar to the Castle and back.


      From St. Goar simply follow the B 9 and the signage up to the castle. From the A 61 take the exit Pfalzfeld and from there take the K 100 to Rheinfels castle. Parking space near the Castle is available (costs are about 2€).

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 50.154247
      LONGTITUDE: 7.704956



      A signposted walk takes you from the market square right up to the Castle Rheinfels St. Goar. Duration: approx. 20 minutes

    Why Go There?

    March - Oct 9am till 18pm; Oct till Nov 9am till 17pm

    Along the romantic river and next to the most fabled spot the Loreley is the Rheinfels castle probably the most famous spots in the region.

    The castle of Rheinfels is the largest and one of the mightiest castle ruins on the Rhine. Count Diether V of Katzenelnbogen founded the castle in 1245 as a base for his toll collecting operations. This exquisite pattern piece of medieval fortress architecture set standards for the entire construction of castles in German at the time. Even today it surprises with its enormous proportions, the labyrinthine layout, the shape and diverse grouping of towers, shield walls and bastions, as well as the winding space, underground mine passages and Casemates.

    The castle of Rheinfels is ideal especially for children, because the ruins and the huge response systems invite you to rummage and discover. To get some sense of orientation in the nested walls is a special challenge, everywhere is somethng new and interestingto explore. Castle tours and the information boards of the Rhine rock path make the history of the Castle alive. So do not forget your flashlight!


    Contact: Castle cash 06741-7753 or email:

    Tourist information: 06741-383 or email:

    Please note that during the winter months: in snow and ice-free weather the opening hours are on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am 5 pm


    Location Details

    Escape Address: Schlossberg, 56329 , Sankt Goar, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    The place "Bankeck" (Bank angle) in St. Goar is a very special place: located with in the sight of the legendary Loreley rock visitors can find the "Wahrschauer- und Lotsenmuseum" (Wahrschauer - and pilot Museum). It is closely connected with the history of the Rhine River, with its natural beauties, but also with its dangers for shipping in the area. History and tradition of two prestigious professions - the pilot and the Wahrschauer - are impressively documented right at the original scene.


    The Loreley is the perfect place to visit while in the area and probably the most fabled spot along the romantic Rhine. Take your hiking shoes and enjoy the walk on a sunny day. The beautiful Loreley sculpture is about vertical 190m above the banks of the river and offers a breathtaking panorama view on to the surroundings of the region. A gravel path leads from the visitor center through the forest straight up to the viewing point and absolutely worth a visit!


    In the city of St. Goar and its surroundings, you can experience the distinctive character of the upper Middle Rhine Valley and therefore a wonderful UNESCO hertitage sight. A car ferry connects the enchanting city with it´s twin St. Goarhausen across the river - enjoy having a stroll through the city.

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