Annweiler am Trifels Travel Guide

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Annweiler am Trifels Things to Do

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    by Kathrin_E Written Mar 28, 2008

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    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 climb uphill." So we went over there, turned left and then right and climbed and climbed... finally the fog thinned, the sun came out, and we had an amazing view of the three summits across the valley because we were standing on top of the wrong hill...

    As you see from the photos, I gave Trifels a second try. This time I found my way;-)

    The distance isn't actually far, but the paths are rather steep, so the hike isn't that easy.
    For the 'softies', you can go halfway up by car, leave your car at the parking and walk only the last bit.

    Opening hours of the castle:
    April - September: 10 - 18
    October - November and January - March: 10 - 17
    Closed in December

    Rock formations View up to the castle The reward: amazing views of the Palatine Forest
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    by Kathrin_E Written Mar 28, 2008

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    "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, Scharfenberg

    A great area for hiking!

    Trifels with the 3 castles
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    by Kathrin_E Written Mar 28, 2008

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    Trifels castle belonged to the Staufer emperors and kings. Since they kept their crown treasure here, it was their most important castle in the high middle ages. Later neglected and decayed, the ruin was saved in the 19th century and finally rebuilt in 1938-1950. What we see today is in parts a 20th century building.

    Replica of the medieval crown, sword, scepter etc. are on display inside the castle - the original treasure of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire is kept in Vienna.

    Trifels castle Inside the rebuilt part of Trifels castle View from Trifels castle to the two other ruins Romanesque bay of the chapel Well tower on the Northern edge
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Annweiler am Trifels Transportation

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    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 4, 2008

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    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 those local lines, i.e. trains departing at the same minute every hour and connections being planned and secured. These trains usually wait for each other. Unless something goes terribly wrong, you'll have enough time to hop off one train and hop on the next on those little stations.

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Annweiler am Trifels What to Pack

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    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...

    Trail in the Pf��lzer Wald: Hikers' Paradise
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Annweiler am Trifels Sports & Outdoors

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    by Aunt_Bertha Updated Jan 5, 2012

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    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.

    Trifels Castle
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