“Life in the Seven Kingdoms is never dull . . .” 

–Jen McConnel, School Library Journal


Tour Magenta Kingdom: Festung Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz

Gate in giant stone wall of Festung Ehrenbreitstein
The imposing entrance to the fortress that guards the Rhine and Mosel Rivers from above. Ehrenbreitstein means "Honor Broad Stone". The fortress overlooks the German city of Koblenz

Koblenz is the next stop in our Tour of the Seven Kingdoms! This fairy tale world is inspired by real castles in the Rhine and Mosel River valleys in Germany.

When you take the train, you can look up and see the fortress as the train pulls into the station. The big, hulking rock towers way up above the city of Koblenz.

We took a “crooked elevator” [Schrägaufzug] up to the youth hostel in the fortress. *Entertaining but bring exact change*

In normal times, you can also go by aerial tram. This site is in German but it’s worth checking out for the overview photos. *Gorgeous!*

Click the map below to find all the tours:

From the water, the Rhine valley feels like a river surrounded by high hills. But from the top, you can see that it was a meadow carved by a river. ©Laurel Decher, 2020.

The flat top of the fortress means there’s plenty of room for marching bands. From the air, the paths in the huge green field draw a lovely star-shape.

The real fortress is big enough for five museums and lots of gardens.

Plus the youth hostel. If you stay overnight, you wake up inside the museum. It’s a good idea to get the map the night before. 🙂 Because the museum might not be open yet!

Just for fun!

Marching bands and people dressed up for Prussian Day at the Ehrenbreitstein fortress. I especially like the part with the merry-go-round. (starts at 12:00)







Want to get a good view? Or escape the fortress in a hurry? Strike out into the hills above the Rhine!

Would you like to spend more time in this ancient fortress?

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is the inspiration for the Magenta Kingdom in the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tales!

You can read about Vlad’s trouble with his friend’s illegal dragon in:

See you in the Magenta Fortress court!

in this full-length book:

Eleven-year-old Prince Vlad is the new judge for the Magenta Educational Royal Court for Youth. That’s wonderful!

Until his good friend, Magellan, shows up with an illegal dragon . . .

Spend more time in the Magenta Fortress at the Christmas Fair:

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Release date: September 2022!

*Created with Google’s AI narrator “Madison” and edited by Laurel Decher.

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