Marksburg (Braubach) - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor
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Jae L wrote a review Aug 2020
Long Island, New York5,268 contributions489 helpful votes
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Marksburg Castle near Koblenz area of Rhine River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with proud history of being the only castle along Rhine River that has never been destroyed. We visited the castle during our Viking Cruise’ “Rhine Getaway” shore excursion. We boarded our ship’s shore excursion tour bus at the dock, and were driven through a town before the uphill ride toward the castle. At the parking lot, we walked up to the castle gate. At the castle entrance, our tour guide showed us the key to the castle gate which looked like a magnified version of an old style room key. After walking up stone steps for a while, the guide opened the door to the castle building with the key. Then, we were led to the inside of the castle. There, we had to walk through a tunnel like rocky path with courts of arms hung on the wall. The rocky path was very uneven and slippery. We then entered a courtyard with a series of guns trained toward the river. We could appreciate the strategic value of the castle, because the gun bank area had a commanding view of the river. The guns would have devastating effect on the invading forces from the river. Our tour continued through a garden area with breathtaking views of Rhine. We then entered the armor room and the toture chamber of the castle. The armor collections were interesting, but toture devices were scary. After walking through the slippery and uneven rocky path again, we returned to the bus parking lot. The castle was really worth visiting.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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StevenKolsteren wrote a review Aug 2020
Groningen, The Netherlands103 contributions18 helpful votes
A great view from the B42 if you approach Braubach: the castle on top of the hill, shimmering white. No one ever dared to attack, it is too steep. The castle has been alive since the late Middle Ages. There is a parking area near the castle, but the road there is dangerous. You can also park down in the village for free and take a footpath up. The guided tours are okay but a bit focused on the 'original' medieval aspects, like foltering which has probably never been done here. Since the castle has been inhabited during difficult ages, everything there is original also from a later date. The room with the different costumes looks like a fashion show, it is great but the puppets look too tall......Also the garden with herbs, some of them poisonous, along the 'zwinger' is very remarkable with a great view over the Rhine.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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RoadTripper516 wrote a review Feb 2020
Wilmington, Delaware5,563 contributions652 helpful votes
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Marksburg Castle is amazing for its comprehensive intact rooms, artifacts, furnishings, views unmatched, and on and on! The guides are knowledgeable and very personable. The attraction is NOT for those who have difficultly with walking or strenuous activity. The paths through the castle in areas are rough and steep. For those that are generally fit, it is more than well worth it. Outstanding gift and schnapps shop as well as a restaurant with a view.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Wongaburra wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia140 contributions46 helpful votes
Truly one of the grandest medieval castles in Europe with the most magnificent views over the Rhine Valley. Recommend the taking of a guided tours in either German or English. Well worth the small added cost. It is however quite strenuous. We arrived on foot with our luggage for which the castle is certainly not set up. We caught a taxi from close to the wharf and after to the railway station. There is no designated location at the castle to leave luggage. We were not the only tourists in that situation so we all left our luggage behind a large wooden door in the hope that it would be there on our return. Thankfully it was. All other visitors would have come by car.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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alcor1922 wrote a review Dec 2019
Alameda, California1,466 contributions34 helpful votes
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The castle is one of several eye-catching castles in the Rhine Middle Valley. The tour was part of our Viking Rhine Getaway offshore excursion and a tour guide is required to have access to this well-preserved medieval castle. We were informed that the castle was used more as a fortress instead of a residence. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Climbing up the steep hill may be a challenge to some but it is worth it. The museum displays of medieval items were impressive - the strategic canons, the kitchen/dining area, the bedrooms, the weapons gallery and warriors garb, and the torture room or the dungeon. A toilet built protruding from the wall is an interesting medieval concept. The view of the town below and the Rhine River is amazing from the vantage point of the castle.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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