Further project in the realm of national monument and tourism: Tourism concept for Hambacher Castle


The Hambach Castle is THE symbol for the democratic movement in Germany in the 19th century. In 1832, about 30.000 citizens and revolutionaries from different European countries met here to prevail their democratic beliefs and thoughts towards the authorities. Today the “Feast of Hambach” is one of the most important milestones of Europe’s democratization.

The historic meaning of the castle attracts thousands of visitors. Although the castle is able to manage such a high number of visitors, Hambach is not. Hambach is a district of the wine growing village Neustadt/Weinstraße and its development is far behind the track regarding visitor guidance, which is especially recognizable during the peak seasons in summer and fall. Thus, Hambach urgently needs a plan for infrastructural measures, urban development, traffic management and tourism planning.

In the next 18 months, COMPASS’ task is to develop an integrated action plan in cooperation with stakeholders from the administrational board, politics, economics and citizens of Hambach. On this project, COMPASS works together with the architectural office HJP Planer from Aachen and the infrastructure planning office BSV, also from Aachen.

Next to the projects of the Benedictine monastery Maria Laach and the Eltz Castle, the Hambach Castle is another historic monument of national and European importance where COMPASS can contribute with its expertise and knowledge.

Author: Karsten Palme

I am Managing Director of COMPASS. I studied Geography of Economics and Tourism M.A. (RWTH Aachen) and I am certified trainer for innovation and management. My consultancy focus lies in destination management and tourism marketing with focus on cross-border cooperation. I also offer managementtraining and train-the-trainer-seminars. Economic Development: Cross-border co-operations, promotion of investments, city and location marketing, development of business clusters. Contact: palme@compass-cbs.de, tel. +49 (0)221 94339638

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