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The castle of Sterrenberg: photos, description (Burg Sterrenberg)

Castle Sterrenberg - 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 and is one of the oldest castles of the Rhine valley.

The first mention of the castle dates back to 1034 year, but this has not been documented. It is believed that the castle was built in 1190 and belonged to the Imperial vassal of the count von Bolanden. Together with the city of Bornhofen castle of Sterrenberg was used as a customs post. Then was built the main castle tower (Bergfried) and the inner wall of the castle.

In 1285 the family background of Balandino interrupted, and the castle of Sterrenberg was claimed by several members of noble families, including Dieter IV, Graf von Katzenelnbogen and Baldwin of Luxembourg, Archbishop of Trier. Ultimately, in connection with the death of Dieter joust in 1315, the castle became part of the Trier of kurfurste. Then was built a powerful outer wall.

In the second part of the XIV century in connection with the construction of the castle Maus strategic importance of the castle of Sterrenberg was lost. In 1456, the castle has decayed markedly in 1568, the castle remained uninhabited.

The restoration of the castle of Sterrenberg began only in the mid-twentieth century - in the period 1970-1977 was rebuilt some premises of the castle. Since the middle Ages preserved only both the walls and the Bergfried. Following historical accuracy, the main tower of the castle was repainted in white color.

In 1972 the castle was a restaurant, built in Gothic style. In Bargfrede intend to open a Museum dedicated to the history of the castle and re-erected in the Romanesque part of the castle is planned to equip the hotel.

Near the castle of Sterrenberg 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 of Sterrenberg and with the neighbouring castle Liebenstein 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.