The first Renaissance castle of Southern Hessen
A popular destination for day-trippers, Lichtenberg Palace in the Fischbach Valley offers unparalleled views of the Odenwald landscape. In the 16th century, Landgrave Georg I of Hessen-Darmstadt reconstructed and extended a castle of the Dukes of Katzenelnbogen as the first Renaissance castle in southern Hessen. Lichtenberg Castle would later act as a model for similar constructions in this region.
The mediaeval architecture is still partly preserved: the bulwark, eastern outer wall and remains of old window openings in the castle chapel. Located in dense forests of southern Hessen, the palace also served as a popular hunting lodge. Today, the stately building is used as a historic event location.