View of the Marksburg

William Turner - Site 04: View of the Marksburg
View of the Marksburg (Watercolour, 1820) ©Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA/Gift in memory of Dr and Mrs Hugo Pantzer by their Children/Bridgeman Images
  • William Turner - Site 04: View of the Marksburg
  • Braubach, view of the Marksburg
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Braubach, view of the Marksburg

Approaching Braubach from Lahnstein, Turner is greeted by this wonderful view of the Marksburg shortly before reaching the town. Turner looked up from the riverbank to the hilltop and captured the view in several sketches. The watercolour itself wasn’t painted until 1820 – three years after his visit. In the centre of the painting we see the Marksburg, framed by mighty rocks and verdant trees. The foreground shows people resting, whilst the river is only vaguely perceptible. Today Marksburg Castle is owned by the Deutsche Burgenvereinigung (German Castles Association) and is open to the public.

Watercolour, 1820
Medium: watercolour on grey-washed paper
Dimensions: 291 x 458 mm
Collection: The British Museum, Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW0416; Wilton 692


Hiking: The Rheinsteig hiking trail is approx. 10 min. away.



Discover the Marksburg – the only medieval hilltop castle in the Middle Rhine Valley to have survived intact.

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Address: Vordere Zehngasse, Braubach

Site: Turner’s painting site is not yet marked

Public Transport: Braubach railway station: approx. 5 min. walk

By bike: Rheinradweg cycle route – no detour necessary

Parking: Parking available in the immediate vicinity