The Elector’s Castle – Watching over and dominating Boppard
The Elector’s Castle is a medieval stronghold directly on the river bank. Dominating the town with its massive design and mighty tower, it bears witness to the impressive claim to power of its builder, Archbishop Baldwin of Trier. The strong fortifications were designed with various aims in mind: to safeguard the territory, to demonstrate the presence of the ruler to the citizens of the town and, last but not least, to ensure that the coveted duty levied on the Rhine continued to flow into the Elector’s coffers. Like many castles along the Rhine, the castle in Boppard has experienced an eventful history over the centuries – destruction and expansion, and also changes of owner and use. For some 100 years, it has accommodated the town museum with its famous Thonet exhibition.