About halfway between Kaiserslautern and Trier lies the castle Lichtenberg - the largest castle in the Palatinate and one of the largest castles in Germany.

Its more than 800 years old walls have been listed since 1895. Today, the castle with its diverse gastronomic and cultural offer a popular destination, which also offers accommodation.

Every visitor will love the charming location of the castle in the heart of the Palatinate mountains. This romantic spot invites you to discover and linger.

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Founded: 1200
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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For the love of life (forthelove_of_life) (11 months ago)
Beautiful place to wander on a late Friday afternoon. Watched the sunset from the tower. Enjoyed the cool breeze as the fog settles in. So peaceful and quiet. ( at least during my visit). Will be back for sure.
Avis Hardy (11 months ago)
Let me say, it was wonderful. Met some really cool people. As always, grab the family and go.
Priscilla (14 months ago)
Although there is construction currently taking place, it is still a stunning castle. There is parking right beside the castle, and trails as well. This castle had so many places for my kids to run and climb on, so we stayed awhile. It seems like every spot is photo worthy and I can totally see why many people do photo shoots here. I wish the museum and restaurant were open, but unfortunately due to covid they were closed. I would absolutely visit this castle again, once they open back up. It’s a must visit for sure!
Chesnee Giraldo (15 months ago)
My husband and I had professional photos done here! We have also just come here to sight see with our dog. Very easy walk and lots to see. Pretty when it snows and when it's sunny. Theres also an open field if you want to play ball with your dog (:
Amanda O'Bryan (16 months ago)
Beautiful ruins! We spent over three hours here and I didn't get to see everything! Definitely heading back soon. I have to go to the Medieval Christmas market this year.
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