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Leisure and meetings in a medieval setting

Situated above the idyllic small town of Rieneck and surrounded by thick walls and battlements, Castle Rieneck is a unique centre for educational and leisure activities. Youth groups and associations can enjoy a modern but atmospheric location for national and even international meetings and conferences. The most impressive part of the castle is the 12th century tower with its historical and unique walled chapel. The tower affords a magnificient view over the wooded banks of the Spessart and Rhön districts.
Today, the medieval castle is the national centre for the German VCP Christian Scout and Guide movement.

Dear guests, castle-enthusiasts, trainers, scouts and guides, and all friends of Rieneck Castle,

Rieneck Castle needs your support – now more than ever.

The castle as we know and love it is under existential threat from the current situation.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis we are struggling with extensive cancellations, as all group bookings and school trips have been cancelled until the summer holidays, and some even beyond that time. Many German federal states have even issued the clear recommendation to refrain from booking any school trips in the coming school year as well. This means that the castle will remain empty for several months in the season (April to October) that is usually fully booked. This summer, rather than a colourful castle full of life, the courtyard will be bleak and dismally empty.

Despite the emptiness, we still have to cover our running costs. The castle itself, which is a protected historical site, as well as its surrounding buildings, must be maintained and kept running to a certain extent even in the absence of guests. This is putting a heavy strain on our finances as a non-profit educational organisation. Our thin financial cover has already been under siege due to our substantial – now finished – renovation work to improve guest comfort, implement fire safety regulations, to extend the kitchen, and allow for renewable energy use. The loss of income at this particular time is an existential disaster for the castle.

Last year we celebrated sixty years of scouting at the castle. Sixty years of group trips with educational programmes and unforgettable experiences for children and young people. Our concept is focused on shared experiences, solidarity and teamwork. We strongly hope to be able to continue with this important work.

For this reason we are now turning to you to request solidarity and your support. Your donation will help us through these difficult times, until we will all be able to look forward to meeting again at a castle full of life.

Make Burg Rieneck your base

Did you ever think about organising an Explorer Belt expedition in Germany?

Explore the river valleys by canoe, wander through our enormous forests, discover medieval towns and conquer their castles, all while following in the footsteps of ancient trades and crafts.

Rieneck Castle lies in the heart of Germany surrounded by beautiful rivers and extensive forests. Not too far from the Frankfurt airport and with a train station on the Nuremberg - Hannover line.

Make Rieneck Castle your start or finish point and use us as a base for your team!

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