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Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 9: Annweiler am Trifels - Klingenmünster

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  • Ruine Anebos
    Ruine Anebos
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The ninth stage of the Weinsteig trail treats us to several highlights of the Palatinate. No fewer than eight picturesque ruins and castles line the route of our hike, including Trifels Castle and the ruins of Madenburg Castle. We can also discover some imposing sandstone massifs.
Distance 17.5 km
5:30 h
653 m
667 m
446 m
167 m
No less than six castles and ruins, including the venerable Trifels Castle and the ruins of the Madenburg, take you back into history on this stage. From the spa garden town of Annweiler the trail goes in an easterly direction towards the castle of Trifels. The trip to this castle, where once the English king Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, should not be missed.  We then pass by the forest tavern of  Barbarossa and encounter  the mighty sandstone cliffs of the ruins  of Anebos and Scharfenberg. These weathered rock formations are often used by  many rock climbers. Below the ruins of Scharfenberg the forest trail leads along the southern slopes of the Föhrlenberg to the ruins of Neukastel and the Madenburg on the other side. The path into the valley leads to the Slevogthof, the longtime home of the Impressionist, Max Slevogt. From the spa gardens  in Leinsweiler we then go on to the ruins of the Madenburg, one of the oldest and largest castles in the Palatinate which also hosts a tavern in its courtyard. A path leads down into the Kaiserbachtal and the ruins of Landeck with its inviting Burgschänke. Only a few steps now separate us from the wine town of Klingenmünster.


UFFBASSE! - Campaign for being considerate of others in nature

  • Always act in a proactive, friendly and considerate way towards everyone you encounter along the way.
  • Respect nature, do not destroy plants and always stay on the paths. Try to avoid excessive noise and leave the forest before dusk.
  • Remember to take a rubbish bag with you when you go out and take your rubbish back home.
  • Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. Other visitors and animals thank you.
  • For your own safety, observe all road closures, including at weekends.
  • Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for emergency vehicles and agricultural machinery.
  • Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.

Author’s recommendation

  • Besuch der Burg Trifels
  • Den Abstecher zur Ruine Neukastell (Aussicht!)
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Tobias Kauf 
Update: January 31, 2023
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
446 m
Lowest point
167 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 6.02%Dirt road 5.36%Forested/wild trail 49.15%Path 35.61%Road 2.35%Unknown 1.48%
1.1 km
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
8.6 km
6.2 km
0.4 km
0.3 km
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Rest stops

Naturfreundehaus Annweiler

Safety information

In light of recent events:

Coronavirus Guide from the German Hiking Association


In autumn in particular, it is important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones and holes in the path. Trees can topple and branches can fall down after thunderstorms and rainstorms. Natural paths can become muddy and slippery, especially in poor weather conditions. Not all rocks and precipices are secured with ropes or railings. You need to be sure-footed in certain areas. Damage to paths of this kind is to be expected on hikes. If you feel that certain sections of the path are not passable for you, please avoid them.



We endeavour to announce all closures due to forest work or hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, sometimes there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a road closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.

Tips and hints



Annweiler am Trifels, spa gardens (180 m)
49.202680, 7.964568
49°12'09.6"N 7°57'52.4"E
32U 424574 5450503
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Klingenmünster Abbey

Turn-by-turn directions

From the spa gardens in Annweiler (1) we walk uphill on shady paths through the chestnut trees to Trifels Castle car park. The former imperial castle on the 494m high Sonnenberg mountain, with its imperial regalia, is worth a detour. Passing the Barbarossa restaurant, the trail continues below the ruins of Anebos Castle towards a pass, flanked on both sides by imposing sandstone rocks (3). These partially weathered massifs rise like cliffs from the forest floor and make for an impressive backdrop. Especially at weekends, we can see climbers practising their sport here.

An attractive path now takes us below the rocks to the ruins of Scharfenberg Castle. After a short, steep descent we walk along the wooded southern slopes of the Föhrlenberg mountain and finally up a path through chestnut trees to the ruins of Neukastell (4). We can climb a steep ladder to a viewing platform, which offers a magnificent view of the ruins of Madenburg Castle. Passing Slevogthof, the long-term residence and studio of the famous Impressionist Max Slevogt, we then descend to the small village of Leinsweiler, where we can refresh our feet in the roadside wading pool (5).

We then continue on the gentle uphill trail through sun-drenched vineyards and shady woods to the ruins of Madenburg Castle (6), one of the largest and oldest castles in the Palatinate. The castle restaurant invites us to pause for a meal in a historical atmosphere. The trail continues on a narrow path down to the Kaiserbach Valley, past the Palatinate Clinic to the ruins of Landeck Castle (7). Here we also find a castle restaurant with a magnificent view of the Rhine plain. Now only one final descent separates us from the final destination of our hike, the charming wine-producing town of Klingenmünster.


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Public transport

Train to Annweiler am Trifels

Getting there

A65 to the Landau-Nord exit, continue on the B10 to Annweiler am Trifels


In Annweiler am Trifels


49.202680, 7.964568
49°12'09.6"N 7°57'52.4"E
32U 424574 5450503
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Bergverlag : Die Pfälzer Weitwanderwege Pfälzer Höhenweg, Pfälzer Waldpfad, Pfälzer Weinsteig. In 30 Tagen durch die Pfalz (Autor: Jürgen Plogmann). 140 Seiten mit 60 Farbabbildungen, 30 Höhenprofile, 30 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, eine Übersichtskarte. ISBN 978-3-7633-4401-7 Conrad-Stein-Verlag: Pfälzer Weinsteig (Autorin: Anne Bärbel Engelhart). 192 Seiten mit 17 Karten, 61 Farbabblidungen und 10 Höhenprofilen. ISBN 978-3-86686-380-4

Author’s map recommendations

  • Public Press Wanderkarte Pfälzer Weinsteig im Maßstab 1:25.000, deutsch, Leporello Falzung mit 17 Teilkarten, GPS-genau, elf redaktionelle Seiten mit Ausflugszielen und Einkehrtipps. Weitere Hauptwanderwege enthalten. ISBN 978-3-89920-677-7, Preis: 11,99€. Direkt hier bestellen.
  • Wanderkarte Pfälzerwald 6 und 8, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5


We recommend the following equipment as standard for our hiking tours:
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Sufficient quantity of food and drink, as refreshment stops or shopping facilities are not always available or open.
  • Although the paths are very well marked throughout, for safety reasons it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency.

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Hopean Hopean 
June 02, 2022 · Community
Eine schöne Etappe die durch die Rastmöglichkeiten und den Aussichtspunkten einige Highlights hat. Ab dem Klinikum wird der Weg etwas Eintönig. Was uns etwas fehlte waren Wege außerhalb vom Wald.
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When did you do this route? June 01, 2022
Monika Becht
May 12, 2022 · Community
DIE schönste Strecke im "WEINSTEIG" !!!!
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17.5 km
5:30 h
653 m
667 m
Highest point
446 m
Lowest point
167 m
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