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Castle Liebenstein: photo description (Burg Liebenstein)

Castle Liebenstein is one of the castles of the middle Rhine valley and located in the Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle is part of the commune of Kamp-Bornhofen. At the moment, the castle remained only ruins.

The castle was built in 1284-1290 years to strengthen the position of the castle of Sterrenberg and belonged to the counts von Bolanden. As soon their line was broken, the castle had to be sold, its new owners were Lobenstine, in whose honor the castle acquired its name.

Castle Liebenstein continued to build and build: in 1363 was built the gate tower, in 1380, the defense tower. At the junction of the XIV-XV centuries were built the main residential tower.

Liebenstein is interesting because it lived several members of one family, as they could not afford to build each in a separate castle. It got to the point that in the castle lived from 10 families, each of which built a separate tower. In 1529 the castle fell into disrepair, but a hundred years later a genus of Libertynow interrupted, and the castle was ceded to Mainz Kurfurst. Over the subsequent centuries, the ruins of the castle of Liebenstein repeatedly changed its owners.

In 1977-1978 were carried out restoration work. In the former the main residential tower is now a hotel with restaurant. The tower is 17 meters tall and consists of 8 floors. The castle is a Park and ruins of fortifications, the remains of the towers, including main tower - Bergfried and residential structures. In the Eastern part of the castle is a small residential tower suitable for housing and is now a private property.

Near the castle Liebenstein is a famous walking route from Bonn to Wiesbaden is known as the Rhine trail. The road passes through forests and vineyards at an altitude of 360 metres. The trail offers fantastic views of the Rhine valley.

Castle Liebenstein and with the neighbouring castle Sterrenberg linked to a romantic legend, according to which the owners of these castles were brothers, quarreling because of the lovely ladies, ended his days in a monastery. However, no military clashes between the two fortresses were recorded.

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