William Turner - Site 03: Lahnstein
Lahnstein (Watercolour, 1817) ©The Trustees of the British Museum. Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence
  • William Turner - Site 03: Lahnstein
  • A view of the »old« town tower and Burg Stolzenfels
Installation planned

A view of the »old« town tower and Burg Stolzenfels

Once Turner has crossed the Rhine to Lahnstein from the left bank he makes another sketch of Stolzenfels Castle looking upstream. The fore­ground shows a tranquil scene offering the viewer a glimpse of life on the river. Apart from natural landscapes, Turner was also particularly fascinated by scenes from everyday life. The middle ground is dominated by the Martinsburg, built in around 1300, with its imposing hexagonal tower and ornate decorative »Lombard band« with pointed arches. Stolzenfels Castle is visible in the background, along with the parish church of St. Martin. This is one of the few paintings with rich architectural content and numerous details, which served as a finished template for engravers. Today the Martinsburg is privately owned and can only be viewed from the outside. Stolzenfels Castle is owned by the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate and is open to the public.

Watercolour, 1817
Medium: watercolour on white paper
Dimensions: 198 x 316 mm
Collection: The British Museum, Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW0408; Wilton 654


At Lahnstein you mustn’t miss Lahneck Castle, the Martinsschloss or the old Rathaus.

Installation planned

Address: Schlosspark Martinsburg, Lahnstein

Site: Installation of the Turner plaque is scheduled for summer 2024

Public Transport: »Oberlahnstein« railway station: approx. 10 min. walk

By bike: Rheinradweg cycle route – slight detour of aprox. 1 min.

Parking: Parking available in the immediate vicinity