Bergzabern Castle

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Bergzabern Castle
Bergzabern Castle

Bergzabern Castle

place Bad Bergzabern
architect probably Alberlin Tretsch
Client Ludwig II of Pfalz-Zweibrücken
Architectural style Late Gothic, Baroque
Construction year 1527
Coordinates 49 ° 6 '11.5 "  N , 7 ° 59' 56"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 6 '11.5 "  N , 7 ° 59' 56"  E
Bergzabern Castle (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Bergzabern Castle

The Castle Bergzabern is the symbol of the city of Bad Bergzabern and is located in the local downtown.

The dukes of Pfalz-Zweibrücken once resided in it . Today the administration of the Bad Bergzabern community is housed in the castle .


In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Counts of Saarbrücken probably built a moated castle on the grounds of today's castle . This was first mentioned in 1333 as " Feste Zabern by Lantecken ". In 1385 it fell to the Electoral Palatinate and in 1410 passed into the possession of Pfalz-Zweibrücken due to inheritance .

In 1525, insurgent Lorraine farmers who had taken the city destroyed the castle complex . Ludwig II of Pfalz-Zweibrücken rebuilt the complex, now in the form of a castle, that is, a mixture of a fortification and an unfortified castle. In 1532 the south wing was completed, which is still eye-catching today because of the two round towers that were used as gun turrets at the time. At that time the castle was still protected by a moat .

In 1676 it was largely destroyed by fire after an attack by French troops, but was subsequently rebuilt (1720–1725) by the Swedish-Zweibrücken building director. In 1794, the French captured the castle, which was auctioned off as a so-called national property in 1803 . Around this time, the surrounding moat was also filled in. The castle came into the possession of the town of Bergzabern, suffered considerable damage in a fire in 1909 and was then used as a school until, after extensive renovations, it became the seat of the Bad Bergzabern municipal administration in 1984.

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