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Castle Sooneck: photos, description (Burg Sooneck)

Castle Sooneck - one of the castles of the middle Rhine valley and located in the German Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is located in the small village of Niederheimbach between the cities of bingen am Rhein and Baharicom.

The first mention of the castle dates back to 1271: like neighbouring castle Reichenstein, Sooneck castle was the property of the Royal governors in the Aachen Abbey Kornelimunster. Castle Sooneck has not escaped the fate of the castle Reichenstein and was also taken by storm, the first king of Germany Habsburg Rudolf in 1282. To restore the castle for a long time it was forbidden.

The ban was lifted only in 1349, and three years earlier, the Archbishop of Mainz gave the ruins of the castle Sooneck his vassal. The castle was built again. He later became the residence of four of his heirs, as they could not afford to build a separate castle. About two centuries the castle was lived in by several families, among whom was frequently quarrel broke out, and had to repeatedly appeal to the international mediators to resolve conflicts.

In 1553 the castle was only one owner, and soon his line was broken. Since Sooner the castle fell into disrepair. Like many other castles of the Eastern shore of the Rhine, Sooneck castle was destroyed by French troops during the war of Palatinate succession in 1689.

Until 1774 the ruins of the castle was the property of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Mainz, and then they were transferred to the residents of the municipality of Trechtingshausen cultivated the vineyards. Then the castle became part of the village Niederheimbach.

In 1834 completely ruined castle Sooneck interested in the future of the king of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The crown Prince and his brothers purchased the castle and carried out extensive restoration work, which lasted until 1861. The work was carried out under the direction of the military architect Carl Schnitzler, during the reconstruction of the castle was preserved the historical features of the building and erected a new building in the style of historical romanticism, including the North gate of the castle with the Imperial coat of arms. Castle had planned to use as a Royal hunting residence, but because of the volatile situation in the country in connection with the revolution of 1848, this plan was not implemented.

After the First world war the castle was nationalized, and since 1948 the castle Sooneck is the property of the State society of the castles of the Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Castle Sooneck open to the public, the castle offers guided tours. The interior of the castle is decorated in neo-Gothic style and Biedermeier ("burgher"). The interior is decorated with paintings from the personal collection of the Hohenzollern.

Since 2002, all the castles of the upper Middle Rhine valley was included in the list of monuments of cultural heritage of UNESCO.