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This is the ruin of castle Niederburg (lower castle - there's an upper castle too) which towers on a ridge high above Moselle river and the village Kobern. My picture shows the view from the village.
Castle Niederburg was built in the middle of the 12th century and it was occupied by its owners, the noble family "von Isenburg-Kobern" until the middle of the 14th century. Then the castle was sold to the bishop of Trier (Treves). In 1688 is was destroyed.

Today there still is a three-story donjon and some walls of the ancient great hall.

Kobern is one of the numerous viticultural communities in Moselle valley as you can see in the foreground. The picture was taken some days ago when the vines still were leafless.

Righthand you can see the rail of a "Monorail" which helps the winemakers to transport themselves and the crop of grapes in these scarps.

In the workshop you can see a closeup of the castle.

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