Early monument preservation and history


The earliest known mention of the enclosure wall was recorded in the Grimburger Salbuch (geological register) of 1589; a first graphic representation of the enclosure walls from the feuilleton of the Gazette de Metz from 1836.

In 1836, Count Villers von Burgesch drew up a petition addressed to the then Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm III. It contained the plea forbidding the inhabitants of Otzenhausen and the surrounding districts to carry off stones for use as building material. In reply, the then Prussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV paid a personal visit to the "Hunnenring" in 1837. This outcome of this visit protected the enclosure wall from destruction…


The depicted plan from the year 1883 testifies to the visit of the Crown Prince. It shows the inclusion of a so-called "royal lodge" situated to the north-east where the galleries over the enclosure wall intersect. To mark the occasion of the royal visit, the Crown Prince was received here and in his honour a tree - also recognisable on the plan - planted. On the occasion of this visit, the stairway over the north wall - which is still passable today - was built.


The monuments of our history deserve special protection. That is why this entire site is classified as a historical monument.
Every stone that is removed from here destroys a small part of our common past! For that reason we ask you not to take away any objects or stones and to report any acts of destruction or pillage you may witness!