Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cochem's Reichsburg Castle

Reichsburg Castle is known as the Majestic Jewel of the Mosel River Valley and is considered one of the most visually impressive castles of Germany. Looking at this postcard i really understand why. This was a favorite and it was sent by Tanja "Grisu".

The Reichsburg Cochem had its first documentary mention in 1130. In 1151, it was occupied by King Konrad III, who declared it an Imperial castle. In 1688, the castle was overrun by French King Louis XIV's troops in the course of the Nine Years' War (known in Germany as the Pfälzischer Erbfolgekrieg, or War of the Palatine Succession), and the following year, they destroyed it. The castle complex long lay in ruins before in 1868 it was bought by the Berlin businessman Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené for 300 Goldmark and then reconstructed in the Gothic Revival style. Since 1978 it has been owned by the town of Cochem and is administered by a company named Reichsburg GmbH. - in: wikipedia

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