Skip to Content

Procession to Hambach Castle, lithograph circa 1832

German patriots gather at Hambach Castle to celebrate ‘spirit of resistance’

Almost 200 years after the original Hambach Festival, a revolutionary spirit was once more perceived blowing through the idyllic vineyards around Neustadt.

Published: May 7, 2018, 11:47 am

    Read more

    More than 1200 visitors gathered at the Hambach Castle on Saturday for a bipartisan event to discuss mass immigration, the euro delusion and EU centralism, and to discuss “the wall in the minds of the rulers”.

    The “New Hambach Festival” welcomed anti-Merkel voices Thilo Sarrazin, Max Otte and Markus Krall. The discussion centred on the “rebirth of of the Fatherland” and a “citizen’s festival of resistance” economist Max Otte explained.

    Leftists tried to block the participants tracing the footsteps of patriots from two centuries ago, but police intervened.

    The Hambacher Festival was a German patriotic festival celebrated from 27 May to 30 May 1832 at Hambach Castle, Germany.

    The event was disguised as a non-political county fair, but was in fact a gathering of German patriots. It was the first time that a republican movement had made its mark in the country.

    At the time of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, Hambach Castle was situated in the Kingdom of Bavaria but occupied by French Revolutionary troops during the War of the First Coalition in 1794 and incorporated into the French First Republic in 1801.

    After Napoleon’s defeat, the new Bavarian authorities maintained some constitutional rights, but the local population nevertheless suffered from high taxes and increasing censorship.

    Through student fraternities, the Black-Red-Gold colours of the Lützow Free Corps forces who had fought against the Napoleonic troops, were flown in a procession to Hambach Castle.

    The flag used by the 1832 procession would later become the National Flag of Germany although with the colours in a different order.

    German establishment parties, the SPD and CDU have meanwhile suffered heavy losses in the local elections in Schleswig-Holstein. With 23.3 percent, the SPD scored its worst ever in history, down 6.5 percentage points from 2013.

    The CDU received 35.1 percent of the votes, the worst result ever. In 2013, it had reached 38.9 percent. The Greens were the third strongest with 16.5 percent. The AFD achieved its best result in the district of Lauenburg with 7.7 percent.

    Voter turnout remained relatively constant compared to the previous municipal election. Last time, 46.7 percent had exercised their right to vote.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    UK faces policing crisis as cops quit in huge numbers

    Law enforcement chiefs in Britain are struggling to find enough specialist detectives with three-quarters of stations admitting that they cannot fill vacancies because of the rate at which experienced officers are quitting the force.

    French official criticises British resolve to stop illegals

    In the fight against networks of human traffickers in the English Channel, the president of the Regional Council of Hauts-de-France has pleaded for stronger cooperation between France and Britain to end illegal immigration.

    Smartphones stolen in Barcelona turn up in Marrakesh

    A profitable black market in smartphones is encouraging the theft of mobile phones in the coastal city of Barcelona.

    Bertelsmann study: Does Germany really need more immigrants?

    Germany supposedly needs 260 000 immigrants each year, a study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation has recently found. But the findings have drawn much criticism and incomprehension.

    Number of migrants in German prisons at a record high

    BerlinMigrant inmates in German prisons have skyrocketed, a new survey of the Justice Ministries in in Germany's 16 federal states show.

    Hungary launches seven-point family plan

    BudapestHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced a family protection plan in his state-of-the nation address in Budapest on Sunday.

    Act XIII: Protester’s hand torn off by police grenade

    ParisDuring the clashes that took place in front of the National Assembly in Paris over the weekend between police and Yellow Vests, a protester lost his hand. Tensions rose a notch in Paris on Saturday, February 9 on the occasion of Act XIII of the protest movement.

    UK Counter Terrorism interviews 8-year-old

    LondonIn Britain, an eight-year-old Muslim boy was questioned by two counter-terrorism police officers and a social worker at a school in east London because he had become so radicalized.

    French border officials caught forging migrant applications

    French border officials have been accused of forgery in order to send young migrants back to Italy.

    Smørdland-like knife murder attempt in IKEA Hamburg

    HamburgIn Hamburg-Schnelsen, Germany, a young man, 22, was stabbed on Saturday evening shortly after 6pm by a "Southerner" in the cashier area of IKEA.

    Go to archive