Castle Fürstenberg

William Turner - Site 20: Castle Fürstenberg
Castle Fürstenberg (Watercolour, 1817) ©Manchester Art Gallery/Bridgeman Images
  • William Turner - Site 20: Castle Fürstenberg
  • Rheindiebach on the riverside footpath, looking towards Burg Fürstenberg
Installation complete

Rheindiebach on the riverside footpath, looking towards Burg Fürstenberg

On 25th August 1817, whilst continuing his walking tour along the banks of the Rhine, Turner has already left Kaub and Bacharach behind him when he arrives at Rheindiebach. This watercolour is based on a small but detailed sketch and shows Castle Fürstenberg as Turner saw it from this viewpoint. The scene is divided horizontally by the ancient town wall. In the foreground the artist depicts the life and activities of local people. The inclusion of such elements is typical of Turner’s work.

Watercolour, 1817
Medium: watercolour and gouache with scratching out on grey-washed paper
Dimensions: 235 x 311 mm
Collection: Manchester City Galleries; Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW0588; Wilton 641


Hiking: The RheinBurgenWeg hiking trail and »Schellengang« circular trail are approx. 10 min. away via an access path.


The »Four Valleys« area centred around Bacharach, Steeg, Diebach and Manubach is known for its beautiful hiking trails and good wines.

Installation complete

Address: Rhine riverbank, Rheindiebach

Site: The Turner plaque is located on the meadow next to the Rhine cycle route, near the barbecue hut

Public Transport: »Wehrturm«, bus stop, Rheindiebach: approx. 5 min. walk; ferry Niederheimbach–Lorch: approx. 20 min. walk

By bike: Rheinradweg cycle route – no detour necessary

Parking: Parking available in Rheindiebach. From there, walk through the underpass to the Rhine riverbank