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Kauzenburg Castle on the “Schlossberg” hill was built by the counts of Sponheim in the early 13th century. The historic New Town developed around the castle perimeter and housed many of the “Burgmannen” - members of the lower nobility who defended the castle. A large wall surrounded the castle and New Town until the 19th century, and parts of this wall are still visible today. The armies of King Louis XIV destroyed the castle in 1689. It was altered and rebuilt a number of times before finally being restored to its current form in 1972. Kauzenburg.

Yesterday lonly on the top - today a modernized ruin The Kauzenburg castle

The climb to Kauzenburg Castle is worth it for the view alone. Once you have reached the top, you can look out from a viewing platform far into the Rhinehessen region and see that the Rhinehessen hills and the North Palatinate mountains meet in Bad Kreuznach. For the walk from the Historic New Town to the top, it is best to choose the Panorama Trail, which you reach via the Old Nahe Bridge. There are 50 metres of altitude to climb. Only a few walls remain of the castle, which has been enthroned on a rocky spur here since 1206. When the troops of the french Sun King Louis XIV unsuccessfully tried to conquer the area west of the Rhine in 1688, they blew up the castle. Not one stone was left upon another - and many found their way into the citizens' house buildings. That was the end of a mighty fortress with large bastions. It withstood many a siege. In 1632, during the 30 Years' War, the Swedish king is said to have narrowly escaped the bullet of death in front of the bastions. We know exactly when the castle was built. The Staufer King Philip forbade in the year 1206 the Count of Sponheim to build it, which he ignored. The castle became a palace, which became a fortress, and an entire town area up to the confluence of the Ellerbach and Nahe rivers formed the castle area - the castle peace. It shielded itself from the townspeople with walls. A large piece of the castle wall can still be seen in the castle park. New life was breathed into the ruins when they were incorporated into a landscape park by the French official Andreas von Recum. Von Recum, then owner of the castle park, also erected the larger-than-life lion that greets guests today. However, it comes from Dhaun Castle.

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Open Feb 08, 2021 through Mar 01, 2041 from 00:00–23:45.
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49.845059, 7.852958
49°50'42.2"N 7°51'10.6"E
32U 417531 5522034
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