Marksburg Castle was built about 1117 but is first mentioned in 1231. It sits on a hill above the town of Braubach, Germany with a beautiful view from the east bank of the Rhine River. It is the only castle on the Rhine River that has never been destroyed.
While walking along the outer wall of the Upper Bailey, which is a small courtyard or walkway within the walls of the castle, I discovered the herb garden!
The next courtyard gave entry to the wine cellar.
Wine has been the traditional drink, since Roman times. Because castle water was impure, wine was the liquid used by the knights to get fluids. The wine of the time was less alcoholic than today's beer. The pitchers on the wall in the upper right photo show what was the daily allotment. The bellows were part of the barrel's filtering system. The wine cellar was improved in the 17th century. The wine press dates to 1767.
In the top left photo you see the Gothic Great Hall built in 1435. The hall serves as the castle kitchen as well as the gathering spot for those looking for company, food and drink. The large fireplace is designed so that a whole steer or ox could be grilled.
I love the well worn butcher block as well as the window seat by one window at the top of the photo and a "sink" by the window at the bottom.
I hope you enjoyed your tour of Marksburg Castle's Kitchen and Herb Garden!
Today is Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer. Thank you, Susan, for hosting. I am excited to share this adventure with everyone!