The place is mainly celebrated for the beautiful castle, Schloss Johannisberg, which crowns a hill overlooking the Rhine valley, and is surrounded by vineyards yielding the famous Johannisberger wine. The Schloss, built in 1757-1759 by the abbots of Fulda on the site of a Benedictine monastery founded in 1090, was bestowed, in 1808, by Napoleon upon Marshal Kellermann. In 1816 it was given by Francis I of Austria, to Prince Metternich, in recognition of his services as Austrian Foreign Minister.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Johannisberg". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 432. (The year that Napoleon bestowed the Schloss upon Marshal Kellermann is erroneously stated as 1807 instead of the correct year 1808.)
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