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Annweilerer Burgenweg

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  • Trifelsblick
    / Trifelsblick
    Photo: Archiv Verein SÜW Annweiler; Christian F. Gamio
  • / Der Trifels in der Winterzeit
    Photo: Christian Gamio, Suedliche Weinstrasse e.V.
  • / Burg Trifels
    Photo: Christian Ernst, CC BY, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Burg Trifels
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Blick auf die Burgdreifaltigkeit
    Photo: TIZIE, CC BY, Verein Südliche Weinstraße Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Burg Trifels
    Photo: Axel Brachat, Verein Südliche Weinstraße Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Logo Annweilerer Burgenweg
    Photo: Anita Ballweber, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
  • / vom Kurpark zum Windhof
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / vom Windhof zur Münz
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Aussichtspunkt unterhalb der Ruine Scharfenberg
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Ruine Scharfenberg (Münz)
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Blick von der Ruine Scharfenberg
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / an den Fensterfelsen
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Blick von der Ruine Anebos Richtung Trifels
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
  • / Buntsandsteinfelsen
    Photo: Dirk Weber, Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V.
m 500 400 300 200 100 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Burgruine Anebos Reichsburg Trifels Markwardanlage Fensterfelsen Barbarossa Parkplatz Windhof Markwardanlage

On this trail, we climb up to the landmark of Annweiler - the three cone-shaped hilltops with the castles of Trifels, Anebos and Scharfenberg. In addition to historical highlights and bizarre rock formations there await us wonderful views over the green summits of the Wasgau.

 

moderate
Distance 7.7 km
2:30 h
397 m
397 m
482 m
201 m
The tour starts in Annweiler am Trifels and leads you to the three castles Trifels, Anebos and Münz. The lenght of the tour is 7,5 kilometers, therefore it is also suitable for families. First the wide and narrow paths climb up to the ruin Münz, through the palatinate forest. The path leading to the ruin Anebos and the castle Trifels are lined by some amazing rockformations. After you visited the castle you follow the path downhill until you return to Annweiler. 

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Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
201 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Barbarossa
Naturfreundehaus Annweiler

Safety information

Tips and hints

Refreshments are available at the Restaurant Barbarossa on the parking site below the Trifels, as well as at various cafés and restaurants in the downtown area.

Between the ruins of Anebos and Scharfenberg and the parking site Schlossäcker, there is also a red sandstone path which informs us about the formation of the rock formations in the Palatinate Forest, their colours, geological layering and decomposition. From Windhof there are two more castles which can be hiked to: the black dot trail marker leads to the Madenburg, from there along the Pfälzer Weinsteig to the ruins of Neukastell and then back to Windhof (round trip from Windhof 13 km).

Burg Trifels: Opening times February-14. March Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10:00-17:00, 15. March-31. October from 10:00-18:00, 01.-30. November Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10:00-17:00 and closed in December and January.

Last admission 45 minutes before the closing time. Daily castle tours, a theatrical spectacle at the weekends during the main season. Registration for group tours in the Office of Tourism. Dogs are not permitted in the castle.

Start

Wanderparkplatz an den Kuranlagen, Annweiler am Trifels (204 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.199450, 7.968510
DMS
49°11'58.0"N 7°58'06.6"E
UTM
32U 424856 5450140
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Destination

Wanderparkplatz an den Kuranlagen, Annweiler am Trifels

Turn-by-turn directions

We start at the parking site near the spa grounds and follow the signs with the castle logo. These trail markers will show us the way to the three castles and then back to Annweiler. Along both wide and narrow paths we climb up the slopes of the Bindersbacher valley through a deciduous forest, until we reach the parking site of Windhof. From here the trail leads in switchbacks further uphill, past a lookout point looking over the ruins of Scharfenberg, also called the Münz, with its high castle keep. The climb is now finished and from now on it only goes slightly up and down. From the Castle Scharfenberg (Münz), the trail leads us past a huge sandstone massif downhill. Having reached a pretty resting place, we turn left and climb onto a small path leading to ruins of Anebos. There is very little left of the castle, however the views of the castles of Scharfenberg (Münz) and Trifels are great. Turning clockwise around the hill summit, the trail marker brings us back down to a resting place at the foot of the rock walls. There we turn left and soon come to the "Schlossäcker" below the Trifels with its large parking site, restaurant and kiosk. There then follows another short, but well signposted ascent and we reach the, unfortunately not historically reconstructed, imperial castle of Trifels . This castle was the favourite castle of the Emperor Barbarossa, the depository of the imperial regalia and where the English king Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. A replica of the crown, orb and sceptre can still be seen in the fortress today. Back at the car park, we turn left at an information board down a few steps and then along pleasant forest paths down to our starting point, the parking site at the spa grounds.

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Public transport

Getting there

A65 / Ausfahrt Landau-Nord, B10 to Annweiler am Trifels

Parking

Parking site next to the spa grounds in Annweiler am Trifels

Coordinates

DD
49.199450, 7.968510
DMS
49°11'58.0"N 7°58'06.6"E
UTM
32U 424856 5450140
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte "Hauenstein-Trifelsland" (Maßstab 1:25.000), Pietruska-Verlag

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Equipment

Sturdy shoes, hiking poles, waterproof clothing and something to eat and drink

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Roland Priester 
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Susi Werner
June 09, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? June 08, 2021
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Ulrich Koppold 
May 30, 2021 · alpenvereinaktiv.com
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When did you do this route? May 28, 2021
Photo: Ulrich Koppold, DAV Sektion Augsburg
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.7 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
397 m
Descent
397 m
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
201 m
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