Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stahleck Castle

Like many castles in Germany, the trip to Stahleck Castle begins with a 15 minute hike up a hill.

The Stahleck Castle in Bacharach has a fascinating history. It was a fortified castle, built in the 12th century. At one time it was surrounded by a moat. It served as the headquarters for tax collection on the wine trade that passed through the city. The castle was attacked, damaged and rebuilt numerous times before being ultimately destroyed by French cannon in 1689. In 1925 it became a youth hostle and is currently still operating. Hostel operations halted before and during World War II when the castle served many different functions including a hospital and detention/re-education center of sorts for those involved in the resistance movement.


  1. LOL that reminds of Burg Else where it posts a romantic hike to the castle. 2 and 1/2 miles later after walking up hill... But once you get there it is always worth it:0 Thanks for linking up to the Home school Field trip hop

  2. what a cool field trip!! It's hard to not be jealous of the history over there when nothing over here (Canada) is more than a few hundred years old.... ;)
    Visiting from the Home School Field trip hop as well.

  3. We have no castles at all in Australia! so very jealous of your field trip and nice to meet a homeschooler from Europe.


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