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Hambach Castle is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832. 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 1797/98-1815).
The castle is located on the Schlossberg mountain in the eastern outskirts of the Palatine Forest. The estate ruled both as a protection castle and as a robber baron castle over the trade roads and the northern route of the Anterior Palatinate section of the Way of St. James. Archaeological finds prove that the area of Hambach Castle was used in late Roman times, and in late Carolingian Dynasty times and Ottonian dynasty times a castle of refuge was built there. Portions remain in front of and under the outer ring wall.
Today the national memorial is a museum and convention center with over 200,000 visitors per year. Also Presidents of Germany mostly connect their inaugural visit in Rhineland-Palatinate with a visit to this historic site.
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Neustadt an der Weinstraße Overview
Officially known under the abbreviation Neustadt a. d. Weinstr., the name is sometimes shortened as Neustadt/Weinstrasse (as on train departure and arrival boards) or Neustadt (Weinstrasse). The name means New city on the wine route, as it lies on the German wine route (Deutsche Weinstrasse) and is located in Rhineland-Palatinate, in Germany. Neustadt a. d. W. It is one of several dozen German and Austrian cities called Neustadt. These New Towns are typically distinguished by the rivers upon which they lie (e. g., Neustadt (Aisch)), the regions they are located in (e. g., Neustadt/Hessen) or, in this case, a peculiar distinctive feature - namely Weinstraße - "Wine Route."
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It has a beautiful old town centre with a market square surrounded by many half-timbered houses. Neustadt has one of the warmest climates in Germany, and summer temperatures of 30-35oC are common. Most important for Neustadt's economy are tourism and wine, as in the entire Palatinate. The largest local employer is the BASF (Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik), located in Ludwigshafen (Ludwigshafen vacation rentals | Ludwigshafen travel guide) am Rhein - one of the largest chemical companies in the world.
The symbols of Neustadt are the Elwedritsche which can be visited at a special well in the town centre. These are fabulous beasts of local folklore. Neustadt is less than an hour away from larger cities such as Mannheim (Mannheim vacation rentals | Mannheim travel guide), Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) and Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide).
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In the late Middle Ages, Neustadt was divided into four districts. In June 1969, the cities of Geinsheim, Gimmeldingen (Gimmeldingen vacation rentals | Gimmeldingen travel guide), Haardt an der Weinstraße, Hambach an der Weinstraße, Königsbach an der Weinstraße, Lachen-Speyerdorf (Lachen-Speyerdorf vacation rentals | Lachen-Speyerdorf travel guide), Mussbach an der Weinstraße and Diedesfeld were merged.
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Neustadt an der Weinstraße (formerly known as "Neustadt an der Haardt") is a city located in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. With 53,892 inhabitants as of 2002, it is the largest city called Neustadt.
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