The Hambach Castle

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832.

Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg (literally translated “Castle mountain”; elevation: 325m) in the eastern outskirts of the Palatine Forest. The estate ruled both as a protection castle and as a robber baron castle over the trade roads and the northern route of the Anterior Palatinate section of the Way of St. James.

Hambach Castle © Immanuel Giel View from Hambach Castle to the south © Claus Ableiter/cc-by-sa-3.0 The rally to Hambach Castle in 1832 by Erhard Joseph Brenzinger Hambach Castle © Steffen 962 Hambach Castle as seen from Rhodt © Hermann Luyken Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0
In the context of the Hambacher Fest of 1832 the then ruined castle was the focal point of the discontent of the Palatinate people over the repressive measures of the Bavarian administration which had been in office since 1816. The administration had retracted important rights which had been given to the people by French Revolution troops (governing 1797/98-1815). Since the Hambacher Fest, Hambach Castle has been considered a symbol of democracy.

Before the 150th anniversary of the Hambacher Fest in 1982 the castle was completely restored for about 12 million DM (about 6 million €). During a further renovation period 2006-07 before the 175th anniversary in 2007, the castle was closed to visitation for one year. Today the national memorial is a museum and convention centre with about 200,000 visitors per year. During the whole year events and receptions of the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate, the District Bad Dürkheim and the city Neustadt an der Weinstraße take place here. A VIP guest in May 1982 was US President Ronald Reagan with his speech “an die Jugend der Welt” (to the youth of the world). Also Presidents of Germany mostly connect their inaugural visit in Rhineland-Palatinate with a visit to this historic site.

Read more on Hambach Castle Foundation and Wikipedia Hambach Castle (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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