Our family visited Lichtenberg Castle or, “Burg Lichtenberg” in Thallichtenberg, Germany – just NW of Kusel in the State of Rheinland-Pfalz.
Lichtenberg Castle sits on a prominent knife-edge ridge just SE of the village of Thallichtenberg, Germany – stretching over 1200′ in length – with commanding views of the valleys below.
Lichtenberg Castle has towers, turrets and walls covered in ivy – everything a castle needs to have – with a scenic location that’s hard to beat.
I stand in front of an adorable cottage with a little garden out front on the grounds of Lichtenberg Castle, on a day of sightseeing in Rheinland-Pfalz.
David stands in front of an imposing tower that looms in the background – Lichtenberg Castle was never conquered.
David runs along the sidewalk leading to an impressive curved wall, which looks to be part of the inner fortress that surrounded the tower in the previous photo.
David and I stand at the top of a flight of stairs, leading to the massive tower on the right in the photo – while a wall stands silently without its roof to support.
Although Lichtenberg Castle, built around 1200, was never conquered, a fire damaged the castle in 1799 – which is why many of the structures’ roofs haven’t survived.
An impressive fortress of a building with thick walls and deep set windows overlooks a courtyard that has what was probably the castle’s most valuable feature – a well – to ensure a continuous supply of water was available during a siege.
The view from the tower of Lichtenberg Castle overlooks the village of Thallichtenberg, Germany – and beyond to the fields and forests of Rheinland-Pfalz.
From this view you can see the church, along with the beautifully renovated building and little cottage from photo #4 in this series – and all look to be part of the castle complex that stretches along the narrow ridgeline.
In this view you can see the well standing in the courtyard that was most likely enclosed within a grand building, while renovation work continues in the background – in front of a commanding view of the valley beyond.
A beautiful new roof adorns a classic round turret, while walls have been repaired to the extent that it appears the entire castle is to be eventually restored like new.
David stands on an outcropping of rock that seems to be the base of the mighty fortress tower – standing like a watchful sentinel over the entire valley below on both sides of the imposing knife-edge ridgeline.
David looks up from a round fortress that appears to be a defensive position to defend the castle from – now only a playground for a boy and his imagination.
David stands in a small doorway leading to a staircase that probably climbs up into a tower above – I always wonder what these ruins of old looked like in their original glory – with colorful banners flying in the wind.