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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Javier Belgrave (2 years ago)
They served only dessert when we went. Not sure if this is the norm. They also had coffee and other beverages. The view from the steeple is phenomenal on a clear day.
Andrew Fulton (2 years ago)
Ver y neat castle. It free of charge and has a good restaurant there that offers German food. The view is great from the tower in the middle and the sunsets are awesome.
R Flack (2 years ago)
Nice views, friendly staff. Three museums on property and was surprised to find one concentrating on fossils from the surrounding area. Museums prices are great.
Hunter Keiser (2 years ago)
Great spot for a day trip. It's a very nice castle with two museums. They have English translations for most of the exhibits and the restaurant staff speak English as well. There are great views of the surrounding area from the various towers and overlooks.
Margret Barner (2 years ago)
Burg Lichtenberg is awesome. I was especially impressed by the stuffed singing birds where visitors can listen to the birds' calls and afterwards test their knowledge. The view from the castle is hilarious.
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The castle first mentioned in 1200 was originally owned by the King and later, at the end of the 13th century it fell in hands of Matúš Èák. Its owners alternated - at the end of the 14th century the family of Stibor of Stiborice bought it.

The next owners, the Bánffys who adapted the Gothic castle to the Renaissance residence, improved its fortifications preventing the Turks from conquering it at the end of the 16th century. When Bánffys died out, the castle was owned by several noble families. It fell in decay after fire in 1729.

The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.

Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.

The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.