Step back in time

Sitting high above the town of Braubach in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is the impressive 11th century fortress known as Marksburg Castle. Unlike most castles, Marksburg Castle was not used as a royal family residence but instead to protect the town of Braubach.

The castle has a rich and eventful history that is filled with intrigue, including use as a prison during the Napoleonic period. In 1900 the ownership of Marksburg Castle transferred to the German Castle Association, a private initiative to preserve castles in Germany which made Marksburg their head office in 1931.

Marksburg Castle is one of the principal sites of the World Heritage Rhine Gorge.

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