Marksburg Castle, near Koblenz, overlooks the town of Braubach and dates back to the 12th century, when it was built to protect the town and to help with the enforcement of tolls on the Rhine. The castle was never destroyed (a rarity among the Rhine castles) and is open to show castle life and times.
Artillery was added to the sides of the castle facing the Rhine in the 15th century.
We enter the buildings through the kitchen, proceeding through sleeping quarters to the dining hall.
From the castle, we return to Koblenz and wander through the city. Koblenz is located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine Rivers and was originally a Roman military post established around 8 BC. The joining of the two rivers is now known as the "German Corner" and is a symbol of the unification of Germany.
The streets, plazas, and parks of Koblenz are full of sculpture, fountains, and other art, beautifying the city and delighting those of us who walk through it.
What a charming little town!