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Burg Katz

Fortress · Romantischer Rhein
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    Photo: Friedrich Gier
  • / St. Goarshausen mit Burg Katz
    Photo: Friedrich Gier
  • / Burg Katz von oben
    Photo: Jens Niemeyer/Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / St. Goarshausen mit Burg Katz am Abend
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Burg Katz
    Photo: Joachim Fox/Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

The castle of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen, one of medieval Germany’s most powerful lineages, looks like a cat waiting to pounce on the Rhine Toll. It was built in about 1371. Napoleon was the first to destroy this imposing castle complex by blowing it up at the beginning of the 19th century. Only the keep was left intact. Today’s partially rebuilt residential castle has Japanese owners and is in private use.
The continuous conflict between the Electors of Trier and the counts of Katzenelbogen is exemplified by the “Cat“ Castle, which can only be visited from the outside, as much as by its counterpart, the “Mouse“ Castle. It was the local people who gave the name “Cat” to the castle in St. Goarshausen, which had actually originated as Neu-Katzenelnbogen Castle in 1371. With this castle, the counts of Katzenelbogen wanted to secure their possessions on the Rhine and especially the tollhouse in St. Goar, which lay opposite - as well as deliberately setting up a counterbalance to the Elector of Trier’s “Mouse” Castle, which threatened its customs clearance. As many of the Rhine castles, it was ultimately unable to withstand the French troops: the Castle was destroyed in 1806. It took nearly a century before a historicised reconstruction had the ruin transformed into a magnificent residence. Today in private ownership, the Castle is the central highlight once a year on the Rhine in Flames occasion when fireworks are shot out from here, and Bengal light bathes the Castle in red light.

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Die Burg befindet sich in Privatbesitz und kann deswegen leider nicht besichtigt werden.

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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
36.4 km
2:30 h
86 m
101 m
21.5 km
7:00 h
749 m
743 m
14.2 km
4:15 h
379 m
379 m
21.5 km
7:00 h
743 m
749 m
44.2 km
5:00 h
306 m
697 m
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Burg Katz

56346 St. Goarshausen

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Circular cycle trail · Romantischer Rhein

St. Goar bis zum Deutschen Eck

August 01, 2019
moderate
36.4 km
2:30 h
86 m
101 m
Eine Streckentour ab St. Goar rheinabwärts bis zum Deutchen Eck in Koblenz mit vielen Burgen unterwegs (Rheinfels, Katz, Maus, Sterrenberg, ...
from Tourist-Info Hunsrück-Mittelrhein,   Tourist-Info Hunsrück-Mittelrhein
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer Rhein

Rheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)

December 22, 2010
difficult Stage 15 open
21.5 km
7:00 h
749 m
743 m
Hasenbach Valley - Three castle view - St. Goarshausen - Heide - Lorelei - Spitznack - Five lake viewing point - Bornichbach Valley - Forest school ...
4
from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Romantischer Rhein

Loreley-Extratour

November 25, 2013
moderate open
14.2 km
4:15 h
379 m
379 m
Felsige Pfade, traumhafte Panoramen, Weinberge, stille Seitentäler, direkte Rheinnähe, eine Burg und natürlich - die Loreley als Ausgangs- und ...
20
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Circular cycle trail · Romantischer Rhein

Radtour St. Goar - Oberwesel - St. Goarshausen mit Fähren

August 01, 2019
easy
20.9 km
1:29 h
30 m
21 m
Schöne Rund-Radtour entlang des Rheins von St. Goar über Oberwesel, Kaub, St. Goarshausen zurück nach St. Goar.
from Tourist-Info Hunsrück-Mittelrhein,   Tourist-Info Hunsrück-Mittelrhein
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer Rhein

Rheinsteig Stage 7: Kaub - St. Goarshausen (South - North)

August 31, 2010
difficult Stage 7
21.5 km
7:00 h
743 m
749 m
Rendezvous with the beautiful Lore: Kaub - Dörscheid - Rossstein viewing point - Alte Burg Castle - Urbach Valley - Forest school - Bornichbach ...
7
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Circular cycle trail · Hunsrück

Loreley-Radtour Hunsrück-Mittelrhein

July 26, 2011
moderate
44.2 km
5:00 h
306 m
697 m
Schinderhannes- und Rhein-Radweg. Hunsrückbahn und Loreleyfelsen. Start auch in Pfalzfeld, Lingerhahn, Damscheid, Oberwesel, St. Goar, Bad Salzig ...
2
from Tourist-Info Hunsrück-Mittelrhein,   Tourist-Info Hunsrück-Mittelrhein
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