Epitome of the Rhine romanticism, enchanted beautiful
Only a few kilometres from the centre of Koblenz, Stolzenfels Castle rises in the district of the same name, high above the left bank of the Rhine. In terms of both art and cultural history, the castle, which was built in the 19th century from the ruins of a 13th-century castle with its park and gardens, is one of the most remarkable achievements of Prussian Rhine Romanticism.
Built as Stolzenfels Castle by the Archbishop of Trier, Arnold von Isenburg, it was used until 1412 to levy the Rhine toll. In 1689 the French destroyed the castle during the Palatinate War of Succession. After the defeat of Napoleon, the castle became the property of the city of Koblenz. In 1823 the city finally donated the ruin to the Prussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm.
After he commissioned the famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel with the reconstruction, work began in 1836 according to Schinkel's plans.
In 1842 the inauguration was celebrated with a magnificent costume ball. Stolzenfels Castle was open to the public from this time on and has always been considered the epitome of Rhine Romanticism.
Today, the beautiful, enchanted castle complex, in which one can experience the impressive living culture of the 19th century, can be reached on foot via a serpentine path from the Stolzenfels district.