Burg Katz

Burg Katz is a castle above the German town of St. Goarshausen in Rhineland-Palatinate. This magnificent castle stands on a ledge looking downstream from the riverside at St. Goarthe. It was first built around 1371 by Count Wilhelm II of Katzenelnbogen. The castle was bombarded in 1806 by Napoleon and rebuilt in the late 19th century, between 1896-98. It is now privately owned, and not open for visitors.


Though commonly known as Burg Katz, this is actually a contraction of Castle New Katzenelnbogen (German: Burg Neukatzenelnbogen) after the original Burg Katzenelnbogen. The name translates into English as Cat Castle, and so is popularly linked with that of the nearby Burg Maus, or Mouse Castle


The castle is of compact layout, consisting mainly of a great hall and a massive bergfried, originally 40 meters tall, on the side facing uphill.

In 1435 the Counts of Katzenelnbogen were the first to plant Riesling in their vineyard.

Burg Katz and its surrounds are the place of action for the Belgian comic book L'Orgue du Diable in the Yoko Tsuno series by Roger Leloup.

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