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Enrich Experience: A Medieval Banquet at Marksburg Castle

At Scenic, we know that once-in-a-lifetime experiences are made up of unforgettable moments which enrich you. That’s why, on every Scenic river cruise we have meticulously planned extraordinary events that give you exclusive, privileged access to some of Europe’s most spectacular locations. These experiences are called Scenic Enrich, and they’re all available to you at no additional cost.

In order to showcase the diverse range of special activities available to you as a Scenic guest, we’re shining the light on some of our favourite Enrich experiences, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the amazing moments we offer in destinations across Europe.

Marksburg Castle

In the previous instalment of our ‘Enrich Experience’ feature, we explored Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein, where guests can enjoy a traditional Viennese concert of Strauss and Mozart amid the opulence of this incredible building. To find out more about this Enrich experience, click here.

Today, we’ll be journeying to Marksburg Castle, where you can enjoy a traditional medieval banquet within the imposing walls of this famous World Heritage Site. Our medieval castle banquet experience is available on selected itineraries on the Rhine.

Marksburg Castle: An Icon of the Rhine

Teetering above the town of Braubach in Germany’s bewitching Rhineland-Palatinate region, Marksburg Castle is a picturesque former fortress, and one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Rhine. The castle, built in the classic bergfried style, dates back to the 12th century, and is considered one of the finest historic structures in Europe — a fact reflected in its status as a World Heritage Site.

While the vista of Marksburg Castle is today recognised as one of the finest in Germany, the castle has a dark and bloody history. A stone keep was originally built on the site in 1100, before being expanded into a complete castle. For centuries, Marksburg Castle served as a fortress protecting the town of Braubach, and of the 40 hill castles in the Bingen am Rhein region, was the only structure that resisted attacks from invading opponents.

Despite its incredible beauty and architectural opulence, Marksburg Castle was never used as a residence for royalty or nobility, instead serving as a hill fort until the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1803. In 1900, Marksburg Castle was sold to the German Castle Association, a charity organisation that still uses the castle as its head office to this day.

Marksburg Castle

But before we get to the main course, Marksburg Castle offers several tempting sights for guests to experience. Starting with its impressive iron gateway, a sense of the battles fought here pervade throughout, from the cobblestone pathways, defensive walls, and cannon formations that overlook the Rhine with unmatched views.

Preserved with utmost care and attention, parts of Marksburg Castle remain seemingly untouched. The blacksmith shop, for instance, looks as if workers grafting there have only momentarily downed their tools.

In the castle’s armoury, over 2,000 years of weaponry is housed within, from ancient Celtic arms right up to modern day artillery. A particular highlight is the Gimbel Collection, a display of 12 life-size figurines from 1880, wearing both detailed replicas and original pieces, illustrating changing armour and weaponry from ancient times to the early modern period.

Another of its endearing focal points, Marksburg Castle’s chapel is rich in 14th-century charm. Adorned with scenes from the bible, the ceilings and walls offer an enchanting glimpse into how people prayed and worshipped in centuries past. A copy of a 15th-century Rhenish Virgin Mary adorns one of its niches too, resplendent with other-worldly beauty.

A Medieval Banquet at Marksburg Castle — The Enrich Experience

Teetering above the town of Braubach in Germany’s bewitching Rhineland-Palatinate region, Marksburg Castle is a picture-postcard former fortress, and one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Rhine. The castle, which is built in the classic bergfried style, dates back to the 12th century, and is considered one of the finest historic structures in Europe — a fact reflected in its status as a World Heritage Site.

While the vista of Marksburg is today recognised as one of the finest in Germany, the castle has a dark and bloody history. A stone keep was originally built on the site in 1100, before being expanded into a complete castle. For centuries, Marksburg served as a fortress protecting the town of Braubach, and of the 40 hill castles in the Bingen am Rhein region, was the only structure never sacked by invading forces.

Despite its incredible beauty and architectural opulence, Marksburg Castle was never used as a residence for royalty or nobility, instead serving as a hill fort until the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1803. In 1900, Marksburg was sold to the German Castle Association, a charity organisation that still uses the castle as its head office to this day.

medieval banquet Marksburg Castle

While Marksburg Castle is open to the public for tours and sightseeing, few get to experience a traditional medieval banquet in the castle’s great hall. This wonderful and authentic experience is available exclusively to Scenic river cruise passengers as part of our range of Enrich experiences on selected Rhine river cruises.

Choose our medieval castle banquet experience, and you’ll be treated to a magnificent medieval feast within the once-feared walls of Marksburg. Savour hearty regional fare and free-flowing local red wine as you enjoy the traditional entertainment of Europe’s great royal houses — from colourful minstrels and court jesters, to players, bards and unfortunate fools, all there for your exclusive pleasure and enjoyment. What could be a better way to celebrate the magnificent history, heritage and culture of Germany’s timeless Rhineland?

For passionate foodies and history buffs alike, our medieval castle banquet experience promises an unforgettable evening of food, fun and merriment. To book your place on-board one of our enchanting Rhine river cruises, visit our homepage or call our helpful team today on 0808 159 8834.

About the author

 by Laura Barlow-Edwards
by Laura Barlow-Edwards

Laura is Scenic's Digital Marketing Exec. She loves travel; her first river cruise was on the Danube, and she fell in love with Budapest at first sight. In her free time, Laura is usually reading, travel blogging, or planning her next adventure.

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