Electoral Palace Mainz, © Robert Dieth© Robert Dieth

A journey into the historical past of Rheinhessen

Castles

If you think of Rheinhessen, castles and palaces are not necessarily the first thing that comes to your mind. But there is much more to see in the region than wine and hills. Did you know that Mainz is home to one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Europe, the Electoral Palace, which was built in the 17th century ?. In addition to beautiful castles you will also find impressive castles, which are worth a visit. Immerse yourself in the historic past of the region and be enchanted by the fairytale buildings.

Electoral Palace

  When travelling towards Mainz over Theodor-Heuss-Brücke, the first thing that catches the eye is the Electoral Palace extending 75 metres along the bank of the Rhine. This magnificent late Renaissance building represents the Golden Age of Mainz. Right beside it, we find the Deutschhaus, the former home of the Teutonic Order in Mainz, and the ancient armoury known as Neues Zeughaus. The clear and pleasing structure of its façade makes the Electoral Palace stand out from these two edifices the late Baroque style. The Grand...

Schloss Alzey

The building complex, constructed in the 13th century, was the nucleus of the Rhenish Palsgraviate and secondary residence and headquarters of the district administration. The castle of Alzey was a favoured place of residence for the Palsgraves during the time of both Ruprechten, Ruprecht ll. and Ruprecht lll. who was King Ruprecht I. of Germany from 1400 - 1410....

Schloss Herrsheim Ansicht Eingangsseite

  Located in the eponymous district called Herrnsheimer Castle stands on the remains of a 1460 created castle. From 1711 a baroque castle was built there, which was heavily damaged in 1792. During the reconstruction, the present castle was built in the Empiric style of the Prince of Dalberg with rare franz. Paper wallpapers and library tower. Around the castle was an English garden with meadow pieces, woodland, pond and island as well as an orangery. Furthermore, the "Green Salon" is used as a wedding room. The castle can only be...

Leininger Schloss Brunnen

The Leininger castle in the center has a rich history. The shell was completed in 1708, to a further expansion, however, did not initially, because the then owner, Count Carl Ludwig of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Falkenburg, died in 1709. His wife, Countess Anna Sabina of Nostitz, sold the property in financial distress in 1717 to the Palatinate Privy Council. In the following years, the castle fell more and more into oblivion, until 70 years later, in 1787, again became a member of the Leininger family owners. Count Wilhelm Carl zu...

Schloß Monsheim

First mentioned in the 14th century as the moated castle "Veste Monsheim". The present palace complex was built in 1651 by the "Lords of Wachenheim". From 1780 to 1852, the estate was owned by the von Gagern family. Heinrich von Gagern the President of the National Assembly of 1848 is the most significant inhabitant. Later, the castle was in the possession of the Barons von Heyl to Herrnsheim, here was also the ladies riding school Knauff. In the courtyard is the Monsheimer Hinkelstein, one of the largest monoliths in Rheinhessen. Today...

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The castle Stadeck is located in the middle of the municipality Stadecken Elsheim and is fully integrated into the center. Originally built in 1276 by Count Eberhard I von Katzenelnbogen as Wasserburg, it was located on a headland of the Selz, 147 meters above sea level. Today it still consists of a main house, remnants of a ring wall and a corner tower, the castle barn and a castle garden. The castle courtyard is used for open-air events and exhibitions and other events take place in the converted castle barn. 1632, the castle was...

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  Klopp Castle, founded in the middle of the 13th century by the Archbishop of Mainz, Siegfried III, in Bingen, secured the mouth of the River Nahe and offered the clerics protection in the case of uprisings by the townspeople. In 1301, the Castle was severely damaged during a siege by the troops of King Albrecht I of Habsburg. As so often, the fight was about the toll rights in the region. In the late 19th century, the complex was rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style and expanded. Today, the municipality of Bingen has its seat in the...

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From the former Schwabsburg today only one free-standing tower is preserved. This consists of massive humpback blocks and was once the keep of the plant. Located on a Roman road leading to Mommenheim, it once served to protect and keep the Staufer in and around Nierstein and Oppenheim. Who built the castle is unknown, however, a connection to the construction of the castle Landskron is suspected in Oppenheim, which suggests a date of origin between 1125 and 1245. The destruction of these buildings took place in 1620 in the 30 year war by...

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