Sooneck Castle sits high above the Rhine on the edge of the Soonwald forest in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on a high ridge, the castle is surrounded by rose bushes and looks almost as if its has grown magically from the rocks. It is pure Rhine Romanticism.
Individuals €5.50 Adults, including castle tour leaflet €4.00 Children (5–14 years) including castle puzzle guide and puzzle prize Free Children (under 5)
Family ticket €8.00 1 adult + 1 child €16.00 2 adults + 2 children
Groups (20 or more people) €5.00 Adults €3.50 Children (5–14 years old) €2.50 Pre-school groups (price per preschool child)
Parking is available below the castle. It is about a 10-minute walk to the castle.
Regrettably, as it is a historic site, disabled access to Sooneck Castle is not possible. Thank you for your understanding.
The ‘Robber Baron Castle’ is the epitome of Rhine Romanticism. Don’t miss the castle when the roses are in bloom, it’s a veritable sea of flowers! There is a fantastic view from Sooneck Castle over the Soonwald forest and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site.
Shrouded in legend, the castle towers above the Rhine in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sooneck was first documented in 1271, but soon fell into disrepair and was destroyed by French troops in 1689. The ruins set in the narrow valley between Bingen and Koblenz slumbered like Sleeping Beauty for many years until the four Prussian princes (Frederick William, William, Charles and Albert) bought the castle ruins in April 1834 and decided to rebuild it. The instructions to the architect were to “keep it all very simple, like a royal hunting lodge”. The Middle Ages were the prevailing theme when making the existing ruins habitable, which is a piece of luck for today’s visitors. Many areas, including the castle keep and the main castle building, have retained their original substance.
Today, Sooneck Castle styles itself as a ‘Robber Baron Castle’ which looks like it has come straight from the pages of a fairy tale. The archetypal medieval castle.