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Burg Lichtenberg, Thallichtenberg
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Lichtenberg Castle has a length of 425m and is the biggest castle ruin in Germany. It is located near Thallichtenberg in the district of Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate.HistoryThe castle was built around 1200 and was owned until 1444 by the counts of Veldenz; after which it fell into the ownership of the new dukedom of Palatinate-Zweibrücken. Under the new rule, Lichtenberg Castle became the administrative seat of Zweibrücken until the move of the administration to Kusel in 1758. The castle remained under the duchy until the dissolution of the Duchy of Zweibrücken in 1792.The part of Germany west of the Rhine river was occupied by French Revolution troops in 1792, and in 1795, the French dissolved the old borders and created new administrative districts, placing Lichtenberg Castle in the Saar Department. The town of Kusel was burnt down by French revolution troops in 1794. Lichtenberg Castle was plundered numerous times during the ensuing chaos that came with the French occupation, and in 1799, a fire caused by the castle's inhabitants destroyed much of the castle.With the defeat of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the subsequent withdrawal of French troops from Germany, in 1816 the area west of the Rhine was given to the Duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha and became the Princedom of Lichtenberg. However, this rule was short-lived, and in 1834 the princedom was sold to Prussia. Lichtenberg Castle fell into disrepair and ruin until, in 1895, the whole castle complex was placed under historical monument protection. At the end of the second World War the Prussian government fell, and in 1945 the district of Birkenfeld, in which Lichtenberg Castle lay, became a part of the new state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
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  • Me this ruin has delighted, great weather most definitely a trip worth. Above all, you must climb the Tower from where there is a beautiful view over the Palatinate countryside - in all directions. And the best - the Castle won't cost a penny admission!
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  • The story of the musicians travelling the world is fascinating. Who is interested in local fossil, don't miss the GEO SCOPE! And the view from the tower is also worthwhile.
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  • Went on a castle hunt with my kids and found this gem. This was my kids favorite castle so far. Beautiful and pretty 
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  • Excellent diner. Enjoyed the specials. Most plates were $8 to $21 euros which is reasonably priced. Many items were large enough to split/share. All items a smaller childrens portion was available for less. I had the roast beef special with spatzle and red cabbage and thought it was great. I enjoyed my Karlsberg Beer. The ambience was nice. It was a little warm, and of course being warm summer and open air expect a few flies (normal not excessive). Views are amazing.
  • We recently had our wedding here. On what was suppose to be the happiest day of our lives was shadowed by the utter nastiness of the owners wife. She is probably the rudest, meanest, most unhelpful person I have even seen in my life. She straight out told us she hates having weddings there and wished they didn't have to do them. Who says that to the bride?!?!? My wife needed a place to put her dress on. An event that would take all of 5 minutes since her hair and makeup would already be done. The lady refused to let her change there. Even though there were empty rooms not being used. That's the kind of person that is running that restaurant. On the wedding day she was exceptionally nasty. It was raining and my wedding party was required to wait outside in the rain, and there were children there. So inevitably while we are waiting for our turn to do the ceremony someone is going to have to use the bathroom. Every time someone would go into the restaurant to use the bathroom she would make some snarky rude comment. And when we were finally starting the ceremony and walking to the room she actually hissed at the bridesmaids and maid of honor. That's right she HISSED at them! I could not believe how rude and inappropriate this woman was and she's the own in charge. I will never go to this place again. My wife's unit used to do Christmas party's here but we changed that to another venue and I am telling EVERY unit I come in contact with not to go there. My advice to any American thinking about doing anything here is to NOT. The ownership here is not American or military friendly.
  • Perhaps I am spoiled...visited several castles/Burgs and I guess I am not impressed much by ruins. However, there was a high point that was accessible so to get a great view of the area.
  • Good food, nice terrace in the Castle and beautiful views of the Valley if you sit inside. And very nice service. I like the Pfalz. Is my second home.
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  • Beautiful excursion destination for the whole family on / in the castle there is also a youth hostel are there no admission price a very cosy castle restaurant with beer garden public toilets
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