Barbarossa's Castle, Düsseldorf
On the banks of the Rhine, a short distance away from the picturesque centre of Kaiserswerth, to the north of Düsseldorf, are the imposing ruins of the imperial palace of the legendary Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and was once one of the most important Rhineland castles. Emperor Barbarossa had extended the palace after transferring the Rhineland customs from the Netherlands to Kaiserswerth, as he needed a fortress overlooking the Rhine. Heavy blocks of trachyte were transported against the current by boat, from Drachenfels (Dragon's Rock) in the Siebengebirge range, to Kaiserswerth. Today, the imposing ruins still measure over 50 metres long, and some of its walls up to 4.5 metres thick! It shows a part of the imperial palace that once upon a time was much bigger.
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