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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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  • Walked the castle ruins and climbed to the top of the keep. Great views!! We then spent 3,6 euros to see 2 museums. It was mostly in German but, visually interesting! Had a nice lunch just down from t...  more »
  • You like medieaval backdrop? Add a rustic atmosphere and a spectacular vantage point... that's Burg Lichtenberg just a couple of kilometers off the A62 motorway, perhaps 20 minutes from Ramstein, 40 m...  more »
  • We loved visiting Burg Lichtenberg while stationed in Germany. It was always one of our stops when we had out-of-town visitors. The restaurant has wonderful German fare, and it is fun to explore the c...  more »
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  • This castle was a win for our family! The breathtaking view from the top tower is definitely one that will be hard to beat! It is a very beautiful castle to wander around and was free to get into the castle itself. There are a few museums that you visit on the castle grounds for a small price per person.
  • This is a really fun place to explore. The view from the grounds is gorgeous. Lots of open space to wander. Kid and dog friendly too.
  • Beautiful ruin, a couple of interesting museums inside as well. The history is quite interesting if you take the time to dig into it.
  • The restaurant here is AMAZING, and the fact that you can walk around the ruins as well, take in the views, and stay in the on site hostel is only a plus. I love it here and we will be back.
  • Very beautiful castle. Great location. The tower can be visited freely.
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