On a tiny island just off the shore of the German town of Kaub sits Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, or, for easier typing, Pfalz Castle. Pfalz Castle is not very large; in fact, it is just about the same size of the island it sits atop. The central tower, or keep, was erected by King Ludwig of Bavaria in the late 1320s.
Though the castle was small, travelers did not want to ignore its presence. Indeed, they couldn’t if they tried. Attached from the castle to the land on each side of the tiny island was a large metal chain. Boaters were unable to sneak by without paying up; those who did not cooperate were thrown into the little castle’s dungeon.
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