castle Ehrenfels was built in 1208-1220 by the order of the
Mainz archbishop Siegfried II. You can control from it the
dangerous Rhine narrowness, the “Binger Loch” (Binger
hole). 1239 the Rhine duty was moved by the Niederburg at Ruedesheim
to the Ehrenfels.
At times it was also used as a 'safe deposit' of the
Mainz archbishopric. He kept relics and other treasure in it. 1689
the castle was burnt
down in the Palatine war of succession by French troops on order
of the marshal d'Huxelles.
Pleasant footpaths lead from Ruedesheim,
Assmannshausen and also from the Niederwalddenkmal to the castle ruins.
the northwest side of the castle is a wall on a ledge from
which you can wonderfully observe the ship traffic on the Rhine
and feel almost like a medieval duty guard.