Königstein Castle Ruin
We took advantage of the first warm sunny days to visit the Königstein castle ruins in Königstein im Taunus. Not far from Frankfurt you can find this old medieval castle, which is one of the largest castles in Germany. Together with the ruins of Falkenstein Castle in the town of the same name and Kronberg Castle, these three form the ruins of the Taunus.
After a short drive, there are several parking options in the village. Afterwards, you can stroll quite relaxed to the castle ruins. For 3,- € entrance you can and should look at the interior of the complex. Extensive paths and many corners are there to explore. From the tower you get a great panoramic view over the Taunus.
During the breeding season, the inner courtyard is closed. In recent years, eagle owls have nested here and thus have priority over nature-seeking city dwellers. At the entrance gate, the Staufer stele – a memorial stone – shows the builder of the castle. Kuno I. von Münzenberg is named here as the builder. The first traces of settlement, however, go back to the 10th century before his time.
For man and animal
The Königstein castle ruin itself decayed over the centuries and served as a source of building material for the inhabitants of Königstein. Thus, today’s old town of Königstein still preserves the remains of the castle of that time in its interior (not only above the town as a panorama).
We had a nice time out during our stay and enjoyed the peace and quiet. The castle ruins also offer enough places to linger and a quick rush through is not necessary here. The castle is also used for numerous events and is a stopover for many hiking trails around Königstein.
We can recommend this little trip to the Königstein castle ruins to everyone. Even in Corona times the visit was no problem. In the winter months (November to March), the castle is only available for a visit on weekends. From April to October, however, it is open daily. Take a look.
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