Romantic Rhine, Koblenz to Bingen: Oberwesel and Burg Schönburg
Oberwesel, a town whose praises were sung by many a poet of the romantic period, is dominated by Schönburg castle. This, with its many towers, is one of the most majestic on the Rhine. Particularly characteristic is the huge wall away from the river, the "Hohe Mantel". The Lords of Schonburg constituted one of the most famous Rhine families. Friedrich von Schönburg, the last male descendant of this line, who lived in the 18th century, bore the proud title of Marshal of France. He also played an important role in English history and died when crossing the River Boyne with William III. Today the part overlooking the Rhine has been converted into an International Kolping Youth Hostel.