Have you heard the legend about the two warring brothers? You can find out what about this story is truth and what is fiction at Sterrenberg Castle. There is an architectural detail that suggests how bitter the feud with the neighbouring Liebenstein Castle is said to have been: two walls that are clearly built to keep out the neighbours. Sterrenberg Castle is not only one of the oldest fortress complexes in the Middle Rhine Valley, it was also an important base for the Roman German Kings in what was known as the Boppard Kingdom on the right bank of the Rhine into the 14th century.
Parking is available right in front of the castle.
A permanent exhibition at Sterrenberg Castle explores the roots of the legend of the warring brothers and also provides interesting insights into what the castle would have once looked like and what life was like for its visitors.
Sterrenberg Castle towers 151 metres above the Rhine near the village of Kamp-Bornhofen in the Rhine-Lahn district. The castle has primarily found fame thanks to the legend of the warring brothers.
Sterrenberg is one of the oldest medieval fortresses in the Middle Rhine. It was first documented in a certificate dating back to 1189. Its position meant it was unassailable from three sides and could only be attacked from the hills around. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Sterrenberg protected the part of the empire around Boppard on the right bank of the Rhine and watched over the Bornhofen toll station. To the north, you can spot Liebenstein Castle. Together with Sterrenberg Castle, it forms what are known as the warring brothers, a name that harks back to the story of the blind sister of the two castle lords who was tricked out of her inheritance by her two brothers. They are said to have killed one another in a fight. After 1414, Sterrenberg gradually fell into decline and was released as a stone quarry in the late 18th century. The fortress was restored in 1973 and visitors can now admire the remains of what was once an impressive site.