Annweiler am Trifels Travel Guide

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Annweiler am Trifels Things to Do

  • Trifels

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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,...

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  • Annweiler Village

    The viilage at the foot of the Trifels mountain has got its own charm and romantic spots, especially along the small river Queich. Its main attraction is the castle, so the village is often overlooked, but the walk from the railway station takes you through the old centre. Looking a bit left and right is worthwhile.

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  • Trifels Castle

    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,...

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  • Hiking up to Trifels Castle

    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...

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  • Trifels: 3 Castles on the Triple Rock

    "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.A great area for hiking!Photo 1: From left to right: Trifels, Anebos, ScharfenbergPhoto 2: Vice versa. A snapshot taken from the train between Landau and...

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  • The village of Annweiler

    The viilage at the foot of the Trifels mountain has got its own charm and romantic spots, especially along the small river Queich. Its main attraction is the castle, so the village is often overlooked, but the walk from the railway station takes you through the old centre. Looking a bit left and right is worthwhile.

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Annweiler am Trifels Transportation

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    Local Trains to Annweiler

    by Kathrin_E Updated Sep 19, 2016

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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

  • Trifels

    For some reason the new system does not allow me to leave this field empty although my tip is actually about shoes, and it wants at least 200 characters, so let me recommend taking a small rucksack or daypack that can be carried comfortably during your hike. If you plan to do hiking in the Palatinate Forest, bring appropriate shoes. Ankle-high...

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  • Shoes for Hiking

    For some reason the new system does not allow me to leave this field empty although my tip is actually about shoes, and it wants at least 200 characters, so let me recommend taking a small rucksack or daypack that can be carried comfortably during your hike. If you plan to do hiking in the Palatinate Forest, bring appropriate shoes. Ankle-high...

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Annweiler am Trifels Sports & Outdoors

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    Trifels Castle

    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.

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