Imperial Palace and Casimir Castle with the Palatine HallUnfortunately, neither Barbarossa's Imperial Palace nor the Renaissance castle, which Palatine Count Johann Casimir had built in its vicinity, has survived. But this magnificent building has not completely disappeared. Its ruins, which were fitted with a roof in 1935 and christened Palatine Hall ("Pfalzgrafensaal"), are definitely worth seeing, and the former living room (or did he perhaps sleep here?) of the "Hunter from the Electoral Palatinate" is now used to host official receptions of the city.
The fairy-tale castle towers over the Hahnenbachtal valley near Kirn, surrounded by extensive forests, rugged rocks and clear streams. The "Erlebniswelt Wald und Natur" and the information centre of the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park welcome researchers and explorers.
Das Vermächtnis des letzten Abts von Echternach ist heute eine besondere Sehenswürdigkeit der Region. Das spätbarocke Schloss mit seiner schönen Gartenanlage und Nebengebäuden sowie das unmittelbar angegliederte Gelände der einstigen Eisenhütte erzählen eine ganz eigene Geschichte.
Only a few kilometers from the city center of Koblenz rises in the district of the same name, high above the left bank of the Rhine, the Stolzenfels Castle. In terms of art and cultural history, the palace, which was built in the 19th century from the ruins of a 13th century castle, with its associated park and gardens, is one of the most remarkable achievements of Prussian Rhine romanticism.
Olbrück Castle is located in the middle of the magnificent volcanic area of the Eifel. The geological dimension of volcanism and the cultural-historical dimension of the Middle Ages collide here and become tangible at Olbrück Castle!