Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is located on a small rocky island in the middle of the Rhine. Its sight is truly unique. Like a ship, it defies the water...
As early as 1327, the first customs tower was built on this site by order of King Ludwig IV of Bavaria. This created a customs post in the Rhine that no one could get past. Anyone who wanted to pass here had to pay customs in Kaub. The Pfalzgrafenstein thus became a lucrative source of income.
Today, the castle can be reached by a small ferry that crosses from Kaub to the island.
Did you know that, apart from Marksburg Castle, Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is the only completely preserved castle in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley? You can find out more about Pfalzgrafenstein Castle and what else it was used for in this picture booklet.
Author: Andrea Mertes
Publisher: Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz
Publishing House: Schnell & Steiner
1st edition 2022