chapel valley

The ruins of Burg Eppstein, first mentioned in 1122 as “Ebbensten”, give character to the old city center of Eppstein in the Taunus region of Hessen, Central Germany. The museum is in the one building within the castle walls which was spared breakup in the early 19th century. There’s a baroque altar in the back, which Eppstein’s Catholics acquired when they used the building as their chapel after the valley church (Talkirche) became Protestant during the Reformation. Upstairs are some books written by early travel writers who refer to Eppstein, including a copy of Dumas’s Le chateau d'Eppstein, as well as paintings of the castle, some by members of one of the first painters’ colonies in Germany - the “Kronberger Malerkolonie.”