Week 21: History

The Marksburg Castle on the Rhine is a fortress above the town of Braubach, Germany. It is the only medieval castle of the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. It is one of the principal sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. The fortress was used for protection rather than as a residence for royal families. The castle was built to protect the town of Braubach and to reinforce the customs facilities. It was built about 1117. In 1283 Count Eberhard of Katzenelnbogen bought it and through the 14th and 15th century the high noble Counts rebuilt the castle constantly. In the Napoleon period, the castle was used as a prison. In 1900 it was sold for a symbolic price of 1,000 Goldmark to the German Castle Association, which had been founded a year earlier as a private initiative to preserve castles in Germany. The Marksburg remains the head office of this organization since 1931. I did not go in the castle. It was one of many we viewed as our riverboat cruised the Rhine last summer. It was like a tennis match topside as we went by castle after castle. Here and castle, there a castle, everywhere a castle! Wunderbar!
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