Burg Hohenecken

Burg Hohenecken

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  • Tamara B.

    Exciting castle ruins and great vantage point on the area. Parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. Especially the 25 meter wide shield wall and the pentagonal keep are especially. During the Palatinate War of Succession Burg Hohenecken was blown up and has since been a ruin.

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    • August 14, 2019

  • Ralf C.

    Beautiful castle ruins!

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    • October 25, 2015

  • Ralf C.

    From time to time there are also knights fighting.

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    • May 3, 2018

  • vschehr

    Every two years, the Förderverein der Burg Hohenecken organizes a summer party at Burg Hohenecken. This year (2019) it is time again.
    On 09. - 11.08.2019 is celebrated at the castle.
    On Fridays we start with a hearty rock concert by students and former private music school Pagadini from Hohenecken. On Saturday and Sunday there are castle tours, children's entertainment, bird of prey show, petting zoo, food and drink and musical performances of various groups. From Irish folk to big band sound.
    For more information see

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    • February 22, 2019

  • Birrn

    Always a tour worth.

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    • June 25, 2017

  • Manfred 🌳

    Visible from afar, this impressive testimony of Hohenstaufen architecture lies on the spur at the end of a mountain ridge. The ruin consisting of upper and lower castle measures with kennel and ditch after all 50 times 90 meters. The steep path to the castle leads from the center of the Rochus chapel past an old tree population up to an extensive castle plateau of the 376 meter high castle hill. Although the defense and residential complex was destroyed by the French in 1689 in the Palatinate War of Succession, considerable parts have been preserved to this day: the mighty, 25 meter wide and 11 meter high shield wall impresses with the rest of the pentagonal keep standing behind it.
    It is worth a visit to the castle

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    • April 28, 2018

  • Elke Holler

    The castle Hohenecken is the ruin of a spur castle from the time of the Staufer

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    • October 7, 2018

  • 1Fritz-Marianne 🇩🇪 On Tour

    Beautiful castle ruins, the Hohenecken conservation association takes care of the preservation of the ruins. Many thanks to the honorary and volunteer helpers.

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    • August 7, 2020

  • Radsport Volker Maus

    The castle is still well preserved. For hikers, a narrow footpath (also called Ritter Reinhard Weg) leads to the Rochus Church and the Schützenhaus up to the castle. Adjacent is a wooded area with a nice children's playground. You can also see a lot of mountain bikers here who approach the castle through the forest

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    • November 8, 2020

  • Annemarie Ohmer

    Destroyed by French troops in the War of Succession in 1689.
    The restoration work on the ruins reveals a lot. Very nice castle complex 👍

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    • August 8, 2020

  • Radsport Volker Maus

    historyThe exact date of foundation of the castle is not known. While the older literature often assumes that the Barbarossaburg in Kaiserslautern (1156) was built directly after the construction of the new castle, more recent findings suggest that construction will start 50 years later. The five-sided keep and the massive shield wall in particular indicate that it was built around 1200.In the first half of the 13th century the castle was given to a Kaiserslautern ministerial family as a fief. These were the descendants of the knight Reinhard von Lautern, who was given the right of patronage to Ramstein in 1214 by the king and later emperor Friedrich II. From then on, the castle administrators called themselves von Hohenecken. The castle belonged to a rulership that extended over several settlements: the valley community of Hohenecken, which emerged at the foot of the castle hill, as well as Erfenbach, Espensteig, Siegelbach and Stockweiler, today Stockborn. All of them now belong to the city of Kaiserslautern. For centuries the castle and rule were still considered to be imperial fiefs.With the beginning of the modern era, the decline of Hohenecken Castle began. In the Peasants' War (1525) it was taken by rebellious peasants. In 1668 there was a long siege by Elector Karl Ludwig von der Pfalz, which ended with the partial destruction of the castle. During the War of the Palatinate Succession, it was finally blown up by French troops in 1689. The ruins, including the Zwinger, moat, upper and lower castle, are approximately 50 m by 90 m. It has a mighty shield wall (25 m wide, 11 m high) and a pentagonal keep. Experts consider the castle to be one of the most remarkable castles of the Staufer era. Today it is a popular destination and offers a wide view.

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    • November 8, 2020

  • Manfred 🌳

    You enter the ruins from the northeast side through a ditch-like path. A towering sandstone rock wall forms the north-eastern end of the castle complex. At the end of the path on the right is the castle gate with a coat of arms and the engraved date 1560. This honors the development of the younger lower castle / outer castle, which you enter through the archway. Structural remains from the interior of the lower castle / bailey are no longer available. The foundations and a gable-side wall of the servants' house / stable / service building are visible on the left. A seating group consisting of benches and tables is set up within the foundations. On the inside of the crossed rock barrier, right next to the castle gate, a rock chamber is visible that once served as a former guardhouse.
    From the open area of the lower castle one looks up to the older upper castle. The most striking features are the 25 meter high shield wall and the ruins of the 34 meter high keep. An extensively explained information board is set up at the left corner of the shield wall. On the left (southern) side of the upper castle there is a two-flight staircase that leads into the interior of the facility. Several remains of the foundation and wall indicate an extensive and towering development. On the left, in the south-western area, the three-storey masonry of residential and kitchen buildings tower up. Opposite the ruins of the keep dominates. In the middle is the foundation of a Renaissance stair tower. A replica of a well surround is visible to the right of the keep.
    Leaving the ruins, the path leads back to the center of the village, past a recent and intact fountain. A few meters above the relics of a much older well house are visible. Water seeps out of the sandstone layers, which suggests a layer source to supply the castle residents. A worthwhile excursion.

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    • July 26, 2021

  • Sabre

    Great castle ruins, I always like to visit them on bike tours.

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    • August 30, 2020

  • Sonya Wuepper

    Many trails, both stroller friendly and not at all, run to and around the Hoheneken castle ruins. The views are gorgeous. There is play ground near by. Also a private pasture where you can encounter interesting breed of goats (Boargoat).
    There are nit documented data on when the Castle was build. In the first half of the 13th century the castle was enfeoffed to a Kaiserslautern family of ministeriales, the descendants of Reinhard of Lautern, the knight. In 1214, they were awarded the right of patronage of Ramstein by the king, Frederick II, who would later become emperor. From then on the castle's owners called themselves von Hohenecken.
    At the beginning of the early modern period, Hohenecken Castle went into decline. In the German Peasants' War of 1525 it was captured by rebellious peasants. In 1668 there was a lengthy siege by Prince-Elector Charles Louis of the Palatinate, which ended in the partial destruction of the castle. In 1689, during the War of the Palatine Succession, the castle was blown up by French troops.

    • January 10, 2021

  • JW

    Wonderful resting place with wonderful views of the surrounding area

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    • June 12, 2021

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