Marksburg is a medieval German castle that bears the distinction of being the only castle between Bingen am Rhein (Rhine) and Koblenz that was never destroyed.
It isn’t a luxurious fairytale-type castle for royalty, but was instead a fortress for protection.
I visited the castle as part of my Viking river cruise itinerary.
According to Wikipedia, the castle was used as a home for disabled soldiers in the 19th century. I can’t imagine disabled people living here, as just walking around was a bit of a work-out, and my mother and her walker did not even attempt to tour the castle based on the recommendation of Viking personnel. I am glad she didn’t make the trip up the hill, as this was the entrance:
We were not able to climb up the tower. Too bad, as I think the view of the Rhine would have been amazing.
Moving into the kitchen now….
According to the guide the bedroom was next to the kitchen to help conserve heat in the winter.
It was not Buckingham Palace, but I assume it served it purpose back in the day. We passed many castles on this stretch of the Rhine River and some of them were essentially fancy toll booths. The inhabitants would charge a fee to people traveling by river.
I recommend cruising the Rhine River. I am happy that I had the opportunity to see this part of Germany via river, and tour at least one of its castles.