The Hambach Castle is nice to look at on its hill, but that is not the deciding factor. Going up there, "up to the castle" and being at the birthplace of German democracy, inhaling the breath of this place and then also visiting the very beautiful and helpful exhibition is a must for anyone who likes history and democracy. The staff are happy to explain everything about the historical background, and the exhibits are also very enlightening.
A visit is not worthwhile for a hike, you should stay longer and enjoy the place. Up and down, up to the castle and at the latest at Zeter on the way home eat and drink - just like then.
Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is considered the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832, when 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 1797-1815).
Archaeological finds prove that the area of Hambach Castle was used in late Roman times. During the late Carolingian Dynasty and Ottonian dynasty a castle of refuge was built there. Portions remain in front of and under the outer ring wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hambach_Castle
€5.50 includes castle and museum,
Open daily (April-Oct: 10-18h / Nov-Mar 11-17h)
Apart from the beautiful view of the Rhine plain from the exposed hill and the well-preserved and restored castle: a visit should be a duty, especially nowadays, when you miss in many areas a democratic spirit ...
But then take more time and extend the hike by one or two hours.
Absolute highlight in the region. Due to the historical importance of the Hambach Festival this castle is maintained like no other. From that point of view, it makes an extremely neat impression - one might even think that it is a new building made of "old" .... Inside there is a restaurant and an interesting museum.
The Hambach Castle is worth a visit. The original site was from the 11th century and belonged to the property of the Salier. Because it was built at a strategically favorable location on the Hambach Schlossberg, it dominated both as a protection as well as Raubritterburg the crossing at Neustadt trade routes.