Above the Rhine - Rheinfels Castle

The most powerful landmark of St. Goar is Rheinfels Castle. It is the largest and one of the most magnificent castle ruins on the Rhine - equally important for the castle architecture of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen in the 14th century as well as for the castle and fortress construction of the 16th to 18th century Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel.


Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages, explore fortifications, towering towers and halls and passageways cut into the rock. The importance of the fortress in military as well as cultural area is clearly presented to you in the museum of local history in the former chapel tract. Join the guided tours of the fortresses or experience the Medieval Castle and Hansen Festival, an authentic spectacle of knights' games, bow and crossbow shooting, sword fighting and other attractions!


Each visitor to the castle gets a castle plan at the cash desk and can thus explore parts of the castle at its own discretion and interest. For the areas that can not be explored on their own, the castle team regularly offers open tours during the season.
Please think of flashlights for exploring the darker areas of the ruin (as part of a guided tour). Dogs on a leash are welcome.

  • Castle tours are offered for groups of 10 or more.
  • Special tours on fixed dates can be found under castle tours
  • Themed tours for groups of 10 or more people can be found at castle tours

Starting in 2017, Burg Rheinfels will begin necessary and expensive refurbishment measures. As a result, large parts of the plant - like the mine tunnels - are no longer individual, but only with guidance to commit. The castle remains open and offers a slightly adapted but usual wide program for young and old. We ask for your understanding and look forward to your visit!

 

Opening hours Rheinfels Castle

March 9th 2019 – March 30th 2019:

daily from 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.

Opening hours museum:
daily from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m.

March 31st 2019 – October 26th 2019:

daily from 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.

Opening hours museum:
daily from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.

Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

October 27th 2019 – November 10th 2019:

daily from 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.

Opening hours museum:
daily from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m.

November 11th 2019 – March 6th 2020:

Rheinfels Castle is closed for individual guests from November 11th 2019 to March 2020! Weather permitting, guided tours will be available for groups of at least 10 people after prior arrangement with the Tourist-Information. The museum is closed.

Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

Flyer Rheinfels Castle 2019

Flyer Rheinfels Castle 2019

Special opening hours due to special events

Medieval Castle and Hansen Festival

the 1. weekend in August:
Saturday 10.00 - 20.00 o'clock and
Sunday 11.00 - 18.00 o'clock

Rhine in Flames

Due to the setup of the firework for the Rhine in Flames festival September 21st 2019 the castle ruins closes at 14.00 o'clock. Last admission is at 13.00 o'clock.

Entrance fees 2019 (incl. the museum)

Single tickets:

  • adult single € 5,00
  • Students single € 4,00
  • disabled people € 3,50
  • children 6 – 14 years € 2,50
  • children up and including age of 5 yeras FREE

Group fees:

  • Adult groups >10 people € 4,00 p.p.
  • Student groups age >15 € 2,50 p.p.
  • children groups 6 - 14 years € 2,00 p.p.
  • children groups up to 5 years (with guided tour) € 2,00 p.p.

Family card

2 adults and up to 4 children (6 - 14 years) € 10,-

Please note:
Payment at the entrance and in the museum shop is only possible in cash.

House rules Rheinfels Castle

Dear visitors to Rheinfels castle and to the museum of local history, we welcome you and wish a pleasant stay. At the beginning of your visit we would like to make you aquaint you with our house rules.

The house rules are important to allow the visitors a pleasant and safe stay. Therefore the observance of the house rules is a matter of your own interest.

Validity of the house rules
The house rules are binding for all visitors. With entering the castle ruins you accept the rules mentioned hereafter.

Behavior inside the castle ruins
1. It is not allowed to leave the paths. The castle map which can be received at the castle entrance is for your orientation.
2. It is not allowed to climb and walk on the walls.
3. It is not allowed to enter the lower tunnels.
4. Removing and throwing of stones is strictly prohibited.
5. Spiting and throwing of objects from the castle towers is prohibited.
6. Trespassing on the barred parts of the castle ruin is prohibited.
7. Removing and destroying fixed or movable objects and property inside the castle ruins is prohibited. The visitor is liable for any damage caused. Parents are responsible for their children in cases of damage.
8. Garbage is to be disposed in the garbage cans provided inside the castle ruins.

9. Dogs are allowed inside the castle ruins except the museum of local history. Dogs must be on a leash.
10. Teachers, team leaders and legal guardians are responsible for the children and adolescents whom they accompany. And they need make sure that the children and adolescents behave appropriately while inside the castle ruins. This applies also and especially during the guided tours.

Additional rules for the behavior inside the museum of local history
1. Dogs are not allowed inside the museum.
2. Inside the museum it is prohibited to touch the exhibits. Exceptions are marked as such.
3. It is not allowed to bring and consume food and drinks inside the museum.

Supervisory staff
1. The castle guides, the supervising staff inside the museum and the municipal staff is instructed to pay attention that the house rules are being observed. Therefore the instructions of the supervisory staff are to be obeyed.
2. In case of violation of the house rules the staff is authorised to banish the person concerned from the castle ruin. The entrance fee will not be reimbursed.

Come into Force:
The house rules come into force with immediate effect March 14th 2014.They are put up at the castle entrance and in the museum of local history.

Entering the castle ruins occurs at one’s own risk. Parents are responsible for their children!

Directions

On foot:

Sign posted trail from the City hall – Schloßberg – Bismarckweg – up to "Burg Rheinfels". Duration: approx. 20 minutes

Please beware: sstarting Tuesday, April 2nd the trail via "Bismarckweg" is not accessable until further notice. Due to construction works at the youth hostel. Please use the  sidewalk following Schloßberg to reach the castel. Thank you for yur understanding!

Shuttle :

Take the "Rheinfels Shuttle" up to the castle.

Operation times: April 19th - 22nd 2019 & April 27th - October 31st 2019.

Further details

 

By car:

  • From St. Goar:
    B 9, follow sign "Burg Rheinfels"
  • From A 61:
    Exit "Pfalzfeld", take the K 100 direction to St. Goar and the castle - From 2.5.2019 - 26.6.2019 the road from A61 to St. Goar will be partly closed. A detour will be sign posted.

Parking (chargeable) at the castle.

With a coach:

  • From St. Goar: The clearance on the direct road from the town Center to the Castle is limited to 3,20 meters. Taller vehicules have to take the detour via "Gründelbach"/ L206, Utzenhain/K101 and back to St. Goar on the K100.
  • From the A 61: Exit "Pfalzfeld", take the K 100 direction to St. Goar and the castle - From 2.5.2019 - 26.6.2019 the road from A61 to St. Goar will be partly closed. During that time the castle can not be reached by buses taller than 3,20!

Parking (chargeable) at the Castle.

Contact

Burg Rheinfels
Schlossberg

56329 St. Goar


Phone: 0 67 41/77 53
during winter: Phone 0 67 41/3 83

Fax 0 67 41/77 53

e-mail: burg-rheinfels@st-goar.de