Rheindiebach mit Ruine Fürstenberg

55413 Rheindiebach

Fürstenberg Castle was built in 1219 by the Archbishop of Cologne to protect his property and toll station. It was destroyed during the Palatine Wars of Succession. Victor Hugo was once impressed by its powerful shielding wall and keep. The former massive curtain wall has recently been restored and the remains of the original rendering have been exposed and are now visible again.

Fürstenburg Castle in Rheindiebach, which is surrounded by romantic vineyards, was founded in 1219 by the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert I. With its construction, the Archbishops of Cologne attempted to restrict the growing influence of the Rhenish count palatines who, however, soon obtained signeurship. In 1314, the imposing building changed liege lords for the second time: the king of the Holy Roman Empire pledged it to the Electorate of Mainz. The front tower castle was thus under the sovereignty of three different electorates in the course of one century. After severe damage during the Palatine War of Succession, it remained in a state of ruins. Changing owners, among them the current owner, have always cultivated the surrounding vineyard. Hikers can reach the ruin through a detour from the nearby RheinBurgeWeg trail.

Rheindiebach mit Ruine Fürstenberg
Ruine Fürstenberg
Blick auf Ruine Fürstenberg

Ruine Fürstenberg