Photographer's Note

Actually the name of this castle is "Neukatzenelnbogen" ( New ...) but people shortened it to "Castle Katz". It towers the small town St. Goarshausen in Upper Middle Rhine Valley - a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The castle was built from 1360 to 1371. Castle Katz, besides political purposes, was one of the many toll castles along the banks of Rhine river and it contributed to the count's of Katzenelnbogen unmeasurable wealth.
When the dynasty of Katzenelnbogen died out in 1479 a very eventful history began for the castle. In 1806 it was blown up by troops of Napoleon. Today Castle Katz is in Japanese private property ...

It is traceable that the counts of Katzenelnbogen here - in the gardens of Castle Katz - for the first time planted the famous grape-vine "Riesling" in 1435. Besides Chardonnay, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Sauvignon Riesling still today is the most important genuine white wine of the world.

In the background straight above the castle you can see 120 m high Loreley rock, one of the most known and visited German landmarks. Here there is the most narrow bottleneck of Rhine river (113 m broad, 25 meters deep). Please look here.

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