24th October 2014. You park at foot of hill, and as so often climb numerous stairs and wend your way on a path which zigzags up the hill...all worth it though. Castle is very well preserved. You have to take a guided tour which lasts about 40 mins and is in German - they gave us some laminated cards in English to follow what was going on. Lots of antique furniture; indeed it is remarkably well preserved inside and out. To protect the floors you are given large slippers to wear over your shoes for most areas. Lovely little courtyard garden and chapel, and of course stunning views of the Rhine.
This castle on the hill is very busy on Sunday but, happily they have a shuttle bus to take those who are not up to the long steep walk up. Once there, the castle is very nice.
The castle is a 10 minutes bus ride out of Koblenz (there is a bus leaving from the main train station). Then you have to walk up a hill for another 10 minutes and you reach the castle.Castle was built n the middle of the nineteenth century for the Prussian king on top of castle ruins from the middle ages. The views from the castle courtyard are excellent (up the Rhine valley towards other castles and down towards Koblenz and the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein). When we were there in late summer, they had beautiful flowers everywhere.There is a half hour guided tour inside the castle (German, but you can get an English brochure that seems to contain the same information as the guide gives about each room). The rooms are not in top shape but they contain some amazing furniture and still exude the charm of the nineteenth century.Entry fee was 4 Euro when we visited and we thoroughly enjoyed the hour we spent there.
No English tours - but we did receive a guide in English. Very adorable garden. Tour was limiting - only covered a handful of rooms and not the chapel. A lot of construction...confusion about how to get there. Not able to drive up and walking path not marked very well. Great view of Koblenz and the Rhine. Just felt we were so limited in self - exploration despite the chapel and extensive grounds. Inside was quite authentic - and wore the slippers during the tour.
Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking uphill for almost half an hour in order to get to the castle grounds. But the hike is beautiful and surrounded by trees and neat things to take pictures of. Once you get to the castle, get the tour. Otherwise you will not have the chance to actually go inside the buildings. The gardens were small, but well-kept. The views of the river below were worth the walk uphill alone. What a great way to spend a morning!
On the way between Koblenz and Boppard is the stunning Schloss Stolzenfels. Turning off the B9 road you park in the Garage and then walk up the winding road for 15 minutes. This is a pleasant and easy walk and is very relaxing.As you arrive at the Schloss you see panoramic views over the Rhine. It is compulsory to take a tour but before this you are allowed to wander around the castle gardens and Chapel. These are astonishing - small and perfectly formed flower beds with views over looking the Rhine, Renaissance columns and each small corner has something special to see. Then walk to the Chapel with its gothic columns, frescos and sense of calm. The tour is in german and is still worth it. You are taken to the rooms that have been preserved since the 1830s - so see the Kings bedroom with its views across the river, the saloons,music and games rooms which the spacious living areas and then down to the large meeting rooms where weapons and armour decorate the walls. Queen Victorian and Prince Albert visited here but the whole atmosphere is one off high romantic gothic - its the return to Camelot writ large with studied gardens and painted columns.The views are enough but the schools produces some gentle magic and is easily a good visit.
This castle is a must see in the Koblenz area. It is a bit of a hike up hill, about 20 minutes total. On the way up there is a carriage house and chapel. Once you reach the castle there is a beautiful view of the Rhine. Cross the drawbridge and you will see the window to purchase tickets. Adults are 4.00 Euro. The admission includes a guided tour which is offered in German, however they have an English translation print out. You will be required to wear slip on large slippers over your shoes, so consider what type of shoe you are wearing to make it easy. The tour shows the private bed chambers, knights hall and the arcade just to name a few. The gardens are small but very well done. There is ongoing renovations on the exterior of the castle. There is a restroom available as well. Parking is easy on Schlossweg 56075 Koblenz and follow the signs to the top.
I loved this place. The interior was well done and presented. The outside had beautiful views and gardens. The tour wouldn't be very exciting for kids- but they did enjoy running around the garden area. The walk to the castle is up hill and a bit hard with kids. But worth it. The tour was in German but they did have English books to read along in. The place was classically beautiful and I would highly recommend it.
First of all, this castle dates from the 1200's, and is worth seeing. If you're in the area, take the time to visit this piece of history. Parking for the castle is tricky, but there's actually nice parking garage at the base of the hill, and if you take your token up to the castle gate, they'll validate for you so parking is reduced or free. There is a bit of a steep walk up to the castle, but it's scenic. On arrival at the entry gates, you see the "old look" of the castle- the typical stone walls, battlement shapes, and huge doors. However, the castle has been partly renovated on the exterior, and much of the castle has been re-plastered. Now, I know that this happens with castles every few centuries or so, but it's a little disconcerting to see when you're expecting something in near ruins for its age! It's been rebuilt in the 1800s, though, with additions added on. This was my second visit to Schloss Stolzenfels, and despite having pictures and memories, the castle couldn't have looked more different between seasons! Our first visit was on a foggy November day, when the castle took on an ethereal quality with the low-hanging clouds and autumn leaves on the trees. This visit was in June on a beautiful day, with lots of sun and spectacular views of the Rhine valley. It couldn't have looked more different. But it's beautiful either way, and we enjoyed the visit.The only reason that I give it 4 stars is that it has fewer things to see than some of the other castles in Germany I've visited.
I went here with my parents, we drove 3.5 hours from amsterdam.first of all, the drive was amazing and koblenz is such a beautiful place. The castle however..... We could not find it at first, there are NO signs at all. We finally found it and parked, then we had to walk up the road, it was steep and long. Got to the top. And had to wait for a tour, you are not allowed to walk through on your own. The tickets were cheap, less than 10€ for all three of us. Our tour guide sucked. Really sucked. The whole tour was in German, there were about 10 of us in the group. And a few we're from the uk. The tour guide said she would through some English in to accommodate half the group. And she did not. She rushed through the rooms. And at the end literally stood at the door and said " get out" she was not good and very rude. I learned nothing. A lot of the castle and rooms were not accessible, and it was also under construction. No pictures are allowed inside. Overall, my parents and I were disappointed in the tour and the castle. I would recommend to go if you know German, once the construction has finished, and I would say go around koblenz a bit because it is very nice.
They give you an English handout. But it is confusing because you don't know what room you are in to correspond with the hand out. The castle is beautiful and the sights are amazing! There is a bit (.8 mile) walk all up hill. I wore the wrong shoes so it was a little uncomfortable. Wear good shoes :) and if you understand German you are better off. There are tons of castles in this area, many that have English tours.
We visited castle Stolzenfels on a sunday afternoon. The only way to get into the castle is with a guide. There were no guiding in english, so you have to be good at german to understand what the guide says. The interior of the castle is very impressive. It was renovated recently and there is a renovation going on all the time. From the castle you have a lovely view over Rhine. From Koblenz it's easy to reach the castle by bicycle or by car, surely there is also the possibility to go there by bus.
Awesome cycle from Koblenz to this castle, lovely walk up through the forest and the castle is like stepping into the Game of Thrones series. Wonderful experience and great value for money!
1242-1259 Had Archbishop of Trier Arnold II von Isenburg the Stolzenfels Fort built as Kür-Trier toll-fort (Archdiocese and Electorate of Trier). Opposite stands on the Lahnstein side the in 1232 built Kür-Mainz (Archdiocese and Electorate of Mainz) Lahneck Castle. The still existing bergfried (simple defense tower) was built in 1248. The fort was expanded 1388-1418 with a residential tower and a Palace to the Rhine side by archbishops Kuno and Werner von Falkenstein. Werner von Falkenstein had the toll-fort built 1412 over the Rhine downstream situated and in 1371 built by Kuno Kunostein Burg on the site of the later built Schloss Engers. During thirty years war Stolzenfels Castle was first occupied in 1632 by Sweden, then for two years in 1634 and in 1646 by the French. After its destruction in 1689 by the French during the Nine Years' War (often called War of the Grand Alliance, War of the Palatine Succession, or War of the League of Augsburg), over the next 150 years the ruins decayed. City Koblenz donated the castle ruins in 1815 to Crown Princes Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (later King Friedrich Wilhelm IV) and son Friedrich Wilhelm III, who only accepted this gift in 1823, shortly after his marriage with Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria. 1826-1830 Had Friedrich Wilhelm IV the classical-neo-Romanesque St. Menas Church built (architect Johann Claudius von Lassaulx), simultaneous, he had the Castle rebuilt as a summer residence, the current Castle was established with the assistance of Karl Friedrich Schinkel until 1842, past 1839 under supervision by Friedrich August Stiller, unmistakably are the influences of English Gothic Revival architecture and Schinkel's romantic style. The rooms of the summer residence were equipped with valuable furniture and paintings. Its most impressive room is the two-Aisled vaulted knight’s hall (on display a collection of old harnesses) model for this design was the Marienburg in Malbork (region Gdańsk, Poland), the romantic setting (eg. Turnierplatz) was designed by landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné. On september 14, 1842, after the completion of enlargement and renovation, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV moved house with his servants dressed in historical costumes. In 1843 was the as servants quarters planned Klause complex at the driveway was completed by engineers-officers Naumann and Carl Schnitzler. The neo-Gothic chapel was built in 1845 according the design by Schnitzler. In 1845 the Castle was visited by British Queen Victoria. The current Castle, Gatehouse, Gothic Tower, Palace with vaulted knight’s hall and pergola garden are open to public. In the Knight’s hall a collection of historical weapons, harnasses and drinking utensils, during the guided tour one has to wear felt-slippers (a must!). In the medieval tower a Hall with murals of Hermann Stilke (Berlin), these belong to the most important works of Rhenish high-romance, southern influences (such as fountains in the pergola garden) and the colorful Interior was the collective passion of Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Since 2002 the castle is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Oberes Mittelrheintal, each year it attracts 250,000 visitors. For the 2011 Bundesgartenschau Koblenz (Federal horticultural show) the castle was restored at a cost of 16 million € from provincial funds, its appearance restored and its gardens redeveloped according the original plans of Peter Joseph Lenné.
If you're staying near Koblenz the castle is best visited by car- only 10 minutes from the centre. There ins a pleasant 800 m or so of a walk uphill from the parking and there is even more walks beyond the castle with even better views. It was surpisingly cheap (few euros per adult and free for small kids). Don't know if it had anything to do with the ongoing renovation. For this reasons the guided tour of the interior was just OK, but you getto spend plentyof time in the beautiful garden on the terrace with the river view and the court yard. Definitely, the place worth visiting.