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Stolzenfels Castle is probably the best known of the Rhine castles rebuilt by the Prussian royal family during the Romantic age. Crown prince, later King Frederick William IV was given the ruin of the castle, which had been begun in the 13th century, as a present. He had it rebuilt by 1842 as a summer residence under the direction of the Berlin architects Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Friedrich August Stüler.

Despite the inclusion of the medieval castle keep and the residential tower, with its flat roofs, pergola garden and terraces, and by use of yellow ochre paint, the castle has an almost Mediterranean serenity about it.

The important Neo-Gothic furnishing was complemented by valuable old collector's pieces which King Frederick William had brought there and was designed to carry the resident's thoughts back to the glory of times long past.















 

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7/10 Nothing that special, it's just on a hill...
 
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