Hello, everyone! Welcome to yet another travel post. Today I would like to invite you all on a wonderful journey that is very close to my heart. This journey takes place in the Romantic Rhine in Germany, specifically in Koblenz town. Koblenz is a beautiful and modern town perfectly situated by the Rhein. I started off my journey from Koblenz Hauptbahnhof (the train station in German) taking bus number 650 to one of the most famous castles on the Rhine “Schloss Stolzenfels”. It’s situated 5Km to the South of Koblenz.
The bus drops you off in the castle’s car park, where you can take a 15-20 minute walk/ hike up to the Schloss. The hike is highly recommended. It’s truly stunning to walk on the road leading up to the castle. It’s like a walk through a forest with captivating sights of the green nature. It’s really something that I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s very serene, calming and peaceful. However, I wouldn’t recommend the walk if you’ve got any health issues. It could be a bit arduous for some people due to the steep footpath. I heard that a shuttle service from the car park is available, but you can double-check at the train station for more information.
A few snaps below showing the views while hiking to the Schloss.
The beautiful sun rays penetrated between the trees leaves high above and made the walk even more magical every time I looked up!
Through every road bend the anticipation is heightened to get the first glimpse of the Schloss. The excitement builds up and you only think about arriving at the gates.
And here’s the first glimpse of Schloss Stolzenfels. It is much prettier in real life. The general view of the trees, the castle and the river Rhein down below took my breath away.The entrance to the castle and the gates looked exactly like I had imagined. Just like it came straight out of a fairytale book or a medieval movie scene!The lady at the ticket office was friendly and I managed with my rusty German to buy an adult ticket for 5 Euros. Although she spoke English, but being the language enthusiast that I am, I wanted to put my German language skills to the test. I did better than I thought and that is a reminder for myself and you to always believe in your capabilities.Above the mighty Rhein stands Schloss Stolzenfels with its crenellated towers and ornate gables. It was a sight for sore eyes. I stood there and I couldn’t believe that I was witnessing such a fascinating view.As you can see from the pictures, the castle has a medieval style with a Gothic influence visible in its architecture. It has a beautiful and spacious courtyard, a few gardens and a charming chapel in addition to various rooms which still remain largely unchanged as King Friedrich Wilhelm IV left them.
I felt like Juliet was going to come out on the balcony to meet her Romeo!
“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”
As I walked around the outside courtyards of the castle, I was astonished with all the fantastic details of this majestic castle for which the Rhein is famed.Wouldn’t you just love to sit at this dining table with your loved ones and sip peach iced tea all day long while enjoying the view? (Pfirsich Eistee, bitte. Danke!). 🙂
The castle has a lovely garden known as the “Pergola Garden”. It is filled with colourful flowerbeds and a fountain decorating its centre. The sound of the cascading water and the birds chirping was very calming. You’d think you arrived to paradise.
Here comes my favourite feature of Schloss Stolzenfels and that is the charming chapel on its grounds. It has lots of beautiful drawings on the walls, fabulous architectural designs and two large wonderful Rose Windows.
Inside the chapel there is also a metal spiral staircase with beautiful metal work.
When the tour started, we were taken inside the castle to look at the different rooms and beautiful halls.All the windows from the inside overlook exquisite views of the Rhein, the castle’s outer grounds and Pergola garden.
The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV rebuilt the castle (after it was destroyed by the french) and used it as his summer residence. One of the most noted guests included Queen Victoria of England.
The exquisitely decorated rooms and lovely furniture shows the lifestyle and social status of people during that time period.
It is important to mention that we all had to put on special slippers over our shoes to protect the parquet wooden floors from damage.
The Knight’s hall was filled with weapons and armours which were displayed on the walls. It was brightly lit due to the big windows.
The interior of the castle was splendid and once the tour was almost finished, we were taken back outside to take a look at the kitchen.
We had to walk up a flight of stairs outside in the courtyard to get to the kitchen (see picture below).The kitchen was rebuilt and refurbished. It was fairly simple. There was nothing too special about it. A stove, a brick oven and a table with a few cookware.The tour was then over and we walked right out.The good news is that the hike down the steep footpath is much easier. It also takes less time. It’s a good idea to have a bottle of water and a few refreshments in your bag/ backpack. Take cash because card payments are not accepted at the ticket office.Schloss Stolzenfels is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the “Upper Middle Rhine Valley”.
For more information regarding the opening hours and ticket prices, check the website. It’s in German, but you can easily translate the information.
I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments down below and if you visit the castle after reading my blog, then I’d enjoy to hear about your experience.
Lots of love,