The neighbouring ruins of Löwenburg and Philippsburg castles rise proudly above the lovely half-timbered houses of the village of Monreal in the lovely Elzbach valley. But the idyll is misleading, as Löwenburg, the larger of the two, was built by Hermann III of Virneburg in the 13th century on the plot owned by his brother Philipp, who was said to be less than amused. After the dispute was resolved, the Löwenburg remained the residence of the Virneburg family into the 16th century.
The ruins are open all year round and free to access, but not gritted in winter.
There is ample parking space at Monreal’s historic railway station. From there, it is just a few minutes’ walk to the village centre and then a steep climb of 10–15 minutes to the castle.
Regrettably, as it is a historic site, disabled access to the castle ruins is not possible.
You can climb up to the keep of the main castle (Löwenburg), which is only missing its former slate roof. The climb up is rewarded with wonderful views over the surrounding area.