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Burg Lahneck, Lahnstein

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Lahneck Castle (German: Burg Lahneck) is a medieval fortress located in the city of Lahnstein in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, south of Koblenz. The 13th-century castle stands on a steep rock salient above the confluence of the Lahn River with the Rhine, opposite Stolzenfels Castle, in the district of Oberlahnstein. Its symmetrical plan, an oblong rectangle, is typical of the later castles of the time of the Hohenstaufen. The pentagonal shape of the bergfried is rare for castle towers.

The castle became well known in Britain by the death of Idilia Dubb in June 1851. While on holiday with her family, the 17-year-old girl mounted the abandoned castle's high tower, when suddenly the wooden stairs collapsed behind her. Nobody heard her crying and calling from the tower, because it was surrounded by an insurmountable wall, 3 meters high. The last sentence in her diary: All I know is that there is no hope for me. My death is certain. ... Father in heaven, have mercy on my soul (with two hearts drawn below). She was only found years later in 1860, her diary hidden in the walls some weeks later.

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  • 8€ entry to see nothing. The only interesting view is from outside and it’s for free. The guide speaks only german and is very unwelcoming and unpolite. Don’t waste your time with this improvised...  more »
  • Restaurant faceing the castle.....The worst experience in my life....I have asked the waitress at my arrival if I can pay by card, the answer was yes...but of course their paying machine does'nt...  more »
  • This was unique in that it had period furniture and a guided tour. Only AMA ships see this castle. It does involve a long walk, slightly uphill, to get to the castle.
  • There are so many beautiful castles in Germany. This was one that we toured, very nice!
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