|Side view of Burg Rheinfels, from St. Goar below.|
|Sketch of what Burg Rheinfels looked like before it was destroyed.|
What really sets Burg Rheinfels apart from other ruins (besides its size) is the complex system of tunnels that branch out beneath the grounds. This underground maze was built in the 1600s as a defense against would-be invaders. When attacked, the castle's inhabitants would detonate mines in the tunnels underneath the enemy, brutally kicking unsuspecting troops off the castle lawn. We intended to explore some of the smaller tunnels (some of them literally have to be crawled through), but a few unexpected residents made us change our minds...
|The walls to the small tunnels were covered with these not-so-little guys.|
|We did not "follow the spiders." Sorry, Hagrid.|
|Burg Maus, as viewed from Rheinfels.|
|Burg Katz, as viewed from Rheinfels.|