|architect||probably Alberlin Tretsch|
|Client||Ludwig II of Pfalz-Zweibrücken|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic, Baroque|
The Castle Bergzabern is the symbol of the city of Bad Bergzabern and is located in the local downtown.
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.