As we were hiking the trails across from Trifels Castle, we came across Burg Scharfenberg, a castle ruin from the 12th century. The ruins were good size and well maintained. We were able to walk all around them and then walk up the steps carved in a tunnel of rock for a view inside the former castle. This ruin is not a far walk from the parking lot...more
After returning to the parking lot from your castle tour, if you have time to do some hiking I recommend that you take the trail behind the restaurant at the parking lot. There are signs to the left of the restaurant that will lead you up to some very interesting rock formations and two castle ruins: Burg Scharfenberg and Burg Anebos. Both ruins...more
In 1113, Emperior Henry V made Trifels Castle an imperial castle, home to the Imperial Regalia which included the orb, the crown, the sword, the lance, and a copy of the Gospel. These are the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Emperor. Today, the real Imperial Regalia are located in Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austia. However, Trifels Castle – where the...more
Touring the castle is rather easy – it is self guided. After paying the admission fee at the ticket counter located at the castle (€3/adults, €1,50/children), simply walk up to the castle and have a look around. There are only a few signs to tell you what you are looking at – that part of the tour could definitely be improved – so you basically...more
Trifels castle (see separate tip) is clearly visible from about everywhere in Annweiler, thus impossible to miss.Unless it's a foggy day, as happened to yours truly. Clouds were low and hid the castle. So we asked somebody who looked like a local about the right path, an the person told us, "ah yes, go over there, then left, and then turn right and...more
"Trifels" means "triple rock". The mountain with the three peaks has always been considered a special place. Each of the summit bears a castle, one of them rebuilt, the other two in ruins.From left to right: Trifels, Anebos, ScharfenbergA great area for hiking!more
We drove to Annweiler and Trifels Castle, taking the A65 until reaching Landau. From Landau, drive on the B10 following the signs to Annweiler West. Once in Annweiler, follow the brown tourism signs to Burg Trifels.The road is winding and goes through some rather beautiful area. From our car windows we saw many rock formations as we headed towards...more
Annweiler is situated on the local train route from Landau to Pirmasens, and Landau is situated on the local train route from Neustadt to Karlsruhe. Getting to Annweiler requires changes of trains. Connections may look tight on the timetable information, but no worries. In the Pfalz the Bahn has done an eccellent job in introducing "Taktverkehr" on...more
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan to do hiking in the Palatinate Forest, bring appropriate shoes. Ankle-high hiking boots aren't necessary (though no mistake if you have them) but you need soles that have a good grip. The paths can be steep and rocky, have loose stones and mud, and get slippery when wet or covered with leaves. Even the trails up to Trifels castle are unpaved, steep forest paths. Clumsy Me observed 999 tree roots but tripped over root #1000 on the way down and bruised her knees badly...
The photogenic medieval Burg Trifels (Triple Rock Castle) is located in the Pfälzer Wald (Palatinate Forest) on top of the Sonnenberg (Sun Mountain) near Annweiler. The castle was built in 1081 and is a popular tourist destination these days. That was not the case in 1192 when Burg Trifels served as a prison for Richard the Lionheart.
Burg Trifels is one of the inconvenient castles that can't directly be reached by car. From the parking lot you'll still have about a 20-minute hike ahead of you to the top of the Sonnenberg. If you are sports-minded, you may want to hike all the way up to the castle from the bottom of the mountain. Since I'm a big fan of old castles as well as of hiking and walking, it goes without saying that I've hiked the scenic trail to Burg Trifels several times and enjoyed it a lot.
Rumor has it that Richard the Lionheart's ghost still roams around the Trifels Castle on full moon nights, but since this is way after the castle's closing hours, you'll have nothing to worry about.
Equipment: Hiking boots, a backpack for snacks and water, some warmer clothes in the spring and the fall (I suppose you're not planning to hike up there in the winter?) as it can be chilly on the mountain. A camera, if you like to take photos of the places you've visited. A cap and sunglasses in the summer and some more water.