Burg Hohenecken, Kaiserslautern

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Hohenecken Castle is the ruin of a spur castle from the Hohenstaufen era on the Schlossberg hill above the Kaiserslautern ward of Hohenecken in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is located at an elevation of.HistoryThe exact date of the foundation of the castle is unknown. Whilst older sources often plump for a construction date immediately following the building of the Barbarossaburg in Kaiserslautern in 1156, more recent sources tend to lean towards a date about 50 years later. The pentagonal bergfried and the massive shield wall in particular point to a construction date of around 1200.In the first half of the 13th century the castle was enfeoffed to a Kaiserslautern family of ministeriales, the descendants of Reinhard of Lautern, the knight. In 1214, they were awarded the right of patronage of Ramstein by the king, Frederick II, who would later become emperor. From then on the castle's owners called themselves von Hohenecken. A barony belonged to the castle, which covered several villages: the valley settlement of Hohenecken at the foot of the castle hill (Burgberg) as well as Erfenbach, Espensteig, Siegelbach and Stockweiler, today Stockborn. All have since become part of the city of Kaiserslautern. Castle and barony were an imperial fief for centuries.
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  • Worthy of the effort to go there. Easy access although a steep walk. Can dirve there but the gate needs to be open.  more »
  • It is a place to experience the wonders that offer landscape filled with trees and quiet roads to go ride with your family and friends. It is important to go with good shoes and comfortable clothes. The pure air that you can breathe is revitalizing and at the end of the visit to the castle still were full of positive energy. A little history: the exact date of the Foundation of the castle is unknown. Whereas the older sources usually sign a construction date immediately following the construction of the Barbarossaburg in Kaiserslautern in 1156, more recent sources tend to lean towards a date some 50 years later. The Pentagon Bergfried and the massive shield wall in particular point to a date of construction around the year 1200. In the first half of the 13th century, the castle was confiscated a family of Kaiserslautern, descendants of feudal Knight Reinhard of Lautern, Ministerial. In 1214, King Federico II granted the right of patronage of Ramstein, which was later to become emperor. Since that time, the owners of the castle became called von Hohenecken. A barony belonged to the Castle, which encompassed several villages: the settlement of the Hohenecken Valley at the foot of the Hill of the Castle (Burgberg), as well as Erfenbach, Espensteig, Siegelbach and Stockweiler, today Stockborn. All have been converted since then in part of the city of Kaiserslautern. The Castle and Barony were an imperial fief for centuries. At the beginning of the modern period early, Hohenecken Castle came into decline. In the 1525 German peasant war it was captured by rebel peasants. There was a long siege by the out Charles Louis of the Palatinate, which ended in the partial destruction of the castle in 1668. In 1689, during the war of the Palatine succession, the castle was flown by French troops. We hope that this acquired information from the history books is an advancement that they dare to visit the remains that have been of this empire.
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  • Nice small castle. Ascent through the Church Hohenecken. Beautiful top views over Hohenecken.
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  • Awesome and quick afternoon walk/hike around the castle and surrounding area. Very spacious around the castle and seating options are available as well. Goats are super friendly & you can get some great views on the walk up. They've got a nice playground for kiddos about a 3 or 4 minute walk outside of the castle premises. There's a Burgschänke restaurant at the very bottom of the hill (part of the actual village) that we passed on our way out and it looked like a lovely place to grab some food and beer/wine after a hike.
  • Fun day hike. PRO: Great view. History of the castle is neat. Goats are super friendly. Very short hike. CON: Half the castle was closed. Castle is very small. Not a lot of informational tidbits for the desperate sections of the castle.
  • The moste interesting is that there you can enjoy some beautiful and friendly goats walking around the castle.
  • Great ruins for an easy afternoon walk with some great views.
  • Nice short hike with ruins close to town

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