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8-08-2015, 16:13

Castles of the Rhine

Political and economic powers unite in the Rhine River valley where castles controlled river traffic and served as toll stations. Individual lords could become piratical in their collection practices. Along the Rhine and Danube local authorities controlled travel, collecting endless toll from castles seemingly on every hilltop. Not far from the famous Lorelei Rock (according to local legend, the home of a nymph whose songs lured boatmen to death in the rapids) are the castle of Gutenfels, the village of Kaub, and toll fortress the Pfalz (Figure 23).