Runkel has romance written all over its lovely countryside. A sheer cliff rises high over the shimmering waters of the Lahn with the imposing towers of the Runkel Castle teetering overhead.
The latter was built in the 12th century for defense purposes, but I bet they had no clue it was going to be such a huge attraction in the postmodern era. I mean, imagine you go out and get yourself a mean looking weapon to scare off burglars and then someone says, “Awww, So cute!!!”
However, you can see they meant business back then, for, in addition to the fabulous paintings and furniture on show, there’s also the torture chamber in pretty good working condition, I might add. Move on to the wine press which harks back to the time when the region was known for its red before pests destroyed all of it.
Runkel’s next big thing is the stone bridge dating back to the 15th century. Remember you’re standing on history as you drink in the stunning views of the Lahn over which it spans. From the Schadeck Castle to the half-timbered homes be prepared to be amazed at the architectural vivacity that makes this town truly memorable.
Then there’s the Parish School building, the old watchtower, the Apothecary, and the courthouse which was born again as a brewery — all quite interesting pieces of period architecture.
Runkel has art exhibitions almost as a matter of routine. Perhaps it’s got to do with being immersed in such a scenic ambience amply imbued with enchanting historicity, but everyone’s an artist or knows an artist.
Inquire at Art Friends Runkel if you’re one of those. If you’re lucky you might get to enjoy local culture in the form of the Ferryman Event where you get to see all sorts of river crafts on display. In case you’re wondering of sporting choices, they have a range from fly-fishing to football and horse racing.
The Lahn valley is where you should be headed to enjoy a stress free bike ride or hiking. It’s also a great place to conjure up a picnic.