Rheinfels Castle

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Over the Rhine – Burg Rheinfels

The most powerful landmark of St. Goar is Rheinfels Castle. It is the largest and one of the most magnificent castle ruins on the Rhine – equally important for the castle architecture of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen in the 14th century as for the castle and fortress construction of the 16th to 18th centuries of the Landgraves of Hessen-Kassel.

Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages, explore fortifications, steep towers and halls and corridors carved into the rock. The significance of the fortress in both military and cultural terms is vividly presented to you in the local history museum in the former chapel wing. Join the guided tours through the castle complexes or experience the medieval castle and Hansen festival, an authentic spectacle with knight games, archery and crossbow shooting, sword fighting and other attractions!

Every visitor to the castle receives a castle plan at the cash desk and can thus explore parts of the castle at their own discretion and interest. For those areas that cannot be explored “on your own”, the castle team regularly offers open guided tours during the season.

Please think of a flashlight for exploring the darker areas of the ruin (as part of a guided tour). Dogs on a leash are welcome.

  • Guided tours of the castle are available for groups of 10 or more people.
  • You can find special guided tours on fixed dates under Castle tours.
  • Themed tours for groups of 10 or more can be found under Guided tours of the castle.

From 2017, necessary and costly renovation measures will begin at Burg Rheinfels. As a result, large parts of the site – such as the mine tunnels – can no longer be visited individually, but only with a guided tour. However, the castle remains open and offers a slightly adapted but as usual broad programme for young and old. We ask for your understanding and look forward to your visit!

Opening hours and entrance fees

Opening hours Burg Rheinfels 2019:

9 March to 30 March 2019: daily from 9.00 – 17.00 Museum opening hours: daily from 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.00 – 16.30 Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

31 March to 26 October 2019: daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (regular open guided tours)Museum opening hours: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission is 1 hour before closing time.

27 October to 10 November 2019: daily from 9.00 to 17.00 Museum opening hours: daily from 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.00 – 16.30 Last admission is 1 hour before closing time.

11 November 2019 to 06 March 2020: The castle is closed from 11 November 2019 to 06 March 2020 with the exception of registered guided tours!

Entrance fees to Rheinfels Castle (incl. museum)

Single prices:Adults 5,00 €Students 4,00 €People with disabilities 3,50 €Children from 6 – 14 years 2,50 €Children up to and including 5 years FREE

Group prices:Adult groups from 10 persons onwards each €4.00Student and school groups from 15 years onwards each €2.50Children groups from 6 to 14 years each €2.00Children groups up to and including 5 years (with guided tour) each €2.00

Family tickets: 2 adults and up to 4 children (6 – 14 years) 10,00 €.

Please note: Payment at the Burgkasse and in the Heimatmuseum is only possible in cash.

The Romantik Hotel Schloß Rheinfels is open all year round and can be reached at [email protected] or 06741-8020.

Special opening hours for events

Castle and Hansen Festival

1st weekend in August: Saturday 10.00 – 20.00 h and Sunday 11.00 – 18.00 h

Rhine in flames

Due to the construction of the fireworks the Burgam 21.09.2019 closes at 14.00 o’clock! 13 o’clock is last admission!

House Rules Burg Rheinfels

Dear visitors to the ruins of Rheinfels Castle and the Museum of Local History, we welcome you warmly and wish you a pleasant stay. At the beginning of your visit we would like to acquaint you with the house rules. The house rules serve to make a pleasant and safe stay possible for the visitors of the castle ruin. The observance of the house rules is therefore also in your own interest.

Validity of house rules

The house rules are binding for all visitors. By entering the castle grounds you acknowledge the following regulations.

Behaviour in the castle complex

  1. It is generally not permitted to leave the paths. The map of the castle, which will be handed out at the entrance, will serve as a guide.
  2. Entering and climbing the walls is strictly prohibited!
  3. The use or entry into crawling speeds is not permitted!
  4. Stone removal and stone throwing are not allowed!
  5. The spitting and throwing of any objects from the towers of the castle is forbidden.
  6. It is forbidden to enter the restricted areas!
  7. The removal and destruction of objects within the castle complex is prohibited. Visitors are liable for all damage to the castle grounds and to fixed and movable equipment caused by them. Parents are responsible for their children.
  8. Waste must be disposed of in the waste bin provided for this purpose.
  9. Dogs are allowed on the castle grounds, but must be leashed. Exceptions are the exhibition rooms of the local museum. Dogs are not allowed here.
  10. Teachers, group leaders and legal guardians are responsible for the children and young people accompanying them and must ensure that the children and young people behave appropriately. This applies in particular during the guided tours.

Supplementary Regulations for Behaviour in the Museum of Local History

  1. Dogs are not allowed in the showrooms.
  2. In the Heimatmuseum it is not allowed to touch the exhibits, exceptions are marked.
  3. It is not permitted to consume food and drink in the exhibition rooms of the Heimatmuseum.

supervisory personnel

  1. The castle guides, museum supervisors and municipal employees are instructed to ensure that the house rules are observed. For this reason, the instructions of the aforementioned groups of people must be followed.
  2. In the event of gross violations of these house rules, the staff is instructed to expel the visitor concerned from the castle. There is no right to a refund of the entrance fee.

Entry into force:

The house rules come into force with immediate effect on 14 March 2014. They are displayed in the cash desk and entrance area of the castle ruins and in the museum.

Entering the entire castle complex is at your own risk, parents are liable for their children!

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