Erlenbach Travel Guide

  • Ultes Bahnhöf’l Restaurant
    Ultes Bahnhöf’l Restaurant
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  • Erlenbach from the Castle
    Erlenbach from the Castle
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  • Erlenbach from the Castle
    Erlenbach from the Castle
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Erlenbach Things to Do

  • Fascinating guided tour through...

    Berwartstein Castle is privately owned and several rooms were turned into apartments for rent (long term rent that is). But the knights' hall and the core of the castle is open for visitors, albeit the latter only during a guided tour. When we were there on a late Saturday afternoon early July (approx. 17:30) we were told that the tour will start...

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  • Castle of a robber baron . . . exciting.

    Trekki parked her car on the hillside below the castle and we started up the hill. The view looking up was intimidating. The castle loomed far above us, above the path and even above the trees seeming to reach the very sky above. When you first arrive at the foot of the castle, there is a small chapel built into the hillside with marvelous...

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  • Don’t miss to see the chapel’s interior!

    The chapel at the bottom of the castle is a very plain building, almost not perceptible as chapel, more like a roundish extension to the castle. We would definitely have overlooked it if the doors would not have been open, and then we saw a tiny sign “Kapelle” (= chapel). Once we stepped inside we were both amazed by the wonderful paintings inside....

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Erlenbach Restaurants

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    by Beausoleil Written Feb 23, 2013

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    We finished our tour of the castle and it was getting very late for lunch so Ingrid asked about a restaurant and we were directed two villages away to a converted train station. We zipped quickly to Dahn where we easily found the Ultes Bahnhöf’l Restaurant. It's a historic train station that has been converted into a restaurant. The interior has all the wonderful wood carvings that are so delightful in that part of Germany. The lady was very nice to let us eat so late. Normally, as the witching hour of 2 PM approaches, you can't find a bite to eat anywhere. She cheerfully seated us and took our order.

    Check trekki's Travel Page Restaurant Review for this place. It is very thorough and since she's a native, it will be much more accurate. As Americans, we loved the food. German food tends to be comfort food.

    Favorite Dish: I got the pork medallions; Ed got trout and I’m not sure what Ingrid had, but Brenda got a schnitzel that was covered in melted cheese. Looked great and she loved it. We couldn’t finish all of it which was just as well because the restaurant was supposed to be closed for the afternoon. We were definitely overstaying our welcome since we arrived so late.

    It was really a cute and fun place for lunch and we were so glad they were willing to stay open a bit longer to help us.

    E-mail: altes.bahnhoefl@t-online.de

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Erlenbach Transportation

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    Marvellous thick Palatinate forest from the castle

    by Trekki Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Berwartstein Castle is located deep in southern Palatinate Forest, not far away from the French border. It is easy accessible by car but slightly difficult by public transportation.
    There is a bus service called Wanderbus (hiking bus) between villages of Dahn and Bad Bergzabern, with stops at the castle. But this is only on weekends and only between April and November. Busses leave from Dahn at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 14:15 and then every hour until 18:15 and are in Berwartstein 20 minutes later. Busses leave from Bad Bergzabern at 9:02 – 12:02 each hour, at 14:02 and from 14:56 – 16:56 each hour and arrive at Berwartstein 20 minutes later. Click here to download the bus schedule, this specific one is on page 2, right hand side.
    The local transport VRN gives as possibility bus number 548 from Bad Bergzabern to village Vorderweidenthal with stop at Berwartstein, but I didn’t find a schedule on that site.

    The exact locations on Google Maps of these villages are:
    Vorderweidenthal,
    Bad Bergzabern, train station
    and
    Location of parking at Burg Berwartstein on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., August 2011.

    This is the end of my description of Berwartstein Castle and surroundings. Thanks for having followed my tour. If you wish, please return to my => Intro page

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Erlenbach Local Customs

  • Hans Trapp – Palatinate’s Robin Hood

    The most famous inhabitant of Berwartstein Castle could be called the Palatine Robin Hood. Alsace inhabitants would disagree though because he made it into the local Alsace legends and is Saint Nicholas’ or Santa Claus’ assistant , the one who is “punishing” the kids who weren’t nice during the year. When our guide told the story of this knight...

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  • Marvellous paintings all over inside

    I have already described the chapel of Berwartstein and how I much loved these painting copies of Frederick I of Holy Roman Empire, its original being in the Welf Chronicle. But there are more of these paintings, made during the restoration in last century inside chapel and in the upper floors of the castle. There, the portrait we know of Medieval...

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  • How the knights and damsels once lived

    Although Berwartstein burnt down and was destroyed and only renovated and restored end of 18th century, the owners managed to organise many pieces of furniture to give an impression of knight and damsel life in the days of Hans Trapp. I especially loved the bed and its cover and smiled when I thought who would have come home tonight one day and...

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Erlenbach Warnings and Dangers

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    Better follow the advice, otherwise.... 1 more image

    by Trekki Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    When a tour guide is excellent without doubt he or she should be given a tip. At the end of the guided tour through the Berwartstein Castle is a funny reminder to this: On a column in the middle of the last room is a sign:
    “Once here stood a visitor who, because of his stinginess, didn’t tip the guide. He was turned into stone by the castle ghost”.
    Well, what should I say. We tipped him :-) But he was excellent, very excellent, so we would have tipped him anyway!

    © Ingrid D., August 2011.

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Erlenbach Favorites

  • Wasgau region, full with rock castles

    The region of Palatinate Forest where Berwartstein Fortress is located is called Wasgau. It is connected to Vosges in French Alsace and to Lorraine. In this German-French part is the highest density of former and still existing castles and fortresses in middle Europe. Many of them are of “newer” date and of rocca type (sitting high on a rock) or...

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  • Berwartstein: very much typical rock...

    In contrast to the majority of castles and fortresses we know, rock castles have been built by using naturally existing rocks, omnipresent in Palatinate Forest. The rock Berwartstein was built on top of is relatively high, approx. 100 metres. It is only “accessible” during the guided tours, although accessible only from the outside. From there we...

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