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Annweilerer Burgenweg

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  • Der Trifels in der Winterzeit
    Der Trifels in der Winterzeit
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On this trail, we climb up to the landmark of Annweiler - the three cone-shaped hilltops with the castles of Trifels, Anebos and Scharfenberg. In addition to historical highlights and bizarre rock formations there await us wonderful views over the green summits of the Wasgau.


Distance 7.7 km
2:30 h
397 m
397 m
482 m
201 m
The tour starts in Annweiler am Trifels and leads you to the three castles Trifels, Anebos and Münz. The lenght of the tour is 7,5 kilometers, therefore it is also suitable for families. First the wide and narrow paths climb up to the ruin Münz, through the palatinate forest. The path leading to the ruin Anebos and the castle Trifels are lined by some amazing rockformations. After you visited the castle you follow the path downhill until you return to Annweiler. 

Author’s recommendation

Refreshment stops: Gaststätte Barbarossa at the parking lot below the Trifels, various cafés and restaurants in the city center and at the Kurpark.
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
201 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 1.51%Forested/wild trail 8.58%Path 20.59%Road 0.22%Unknown 69.08%
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.7 km
1.6 km
0 km
5.3 km
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Rest stops

Naturfreundehaus Annweiler

Safety information

The following generally applies:

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

Refreshments are available at the Restaurant Barbarossa on the parking site below the Trifels, as well as at various cafés and restaurants in the downtown area.

Between the ruins of Anebos and Scharfenberg and the parking site Schlossäcker, there is also a red sandstone path which informs us about the formation of the rock formations in the Palatinate Forest, their colours, geological layering and decomposition. From Windhof there are two more castles which can be hiked to: the black dot trail marker leads to the Madenburg, from there along the Pfälzer Weinsteig to the ruins of Neukastell and then back to Windhof (round trip from Windhof 13 km).

Burg Trifels: Opening times February-14. March Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10:00-17:00, 15. March-31. October from 10:00-18:00, 01.-30. November Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10:00-17:00 and closed in December and January.

Last admission 45 minutes before the closing time. Daily castle tours, a theatrical spectacle at the weekends during the main season. Registration for group tours in the Office of Tourism. Dogs are not permitted in the castle.


Wanderparkplatz an den Kuranlagen, Annweiler am Trifels (204 m)
49.199450, 7.968510
49°11'58.0"N 7°58'06.6"E
32U 424856 5450140
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Wanderparkplatz an den Kuranlagen, Annweiler am Trifels

Turn-by-turn directions

We start at the parking site near the spa grounds and follow the signs with the castle logo. These trail markers will show us the way to the three castles and then back to Annweiler. Along both wide and narrow paths we climb up the slopes of the Bindersbacher valley through a deciduous forest, until we reach the parking site of Windhof. From here the trail leads in switchbacks further uphill, past a lookout point looking over the ruins of Scharfenberg, also called the Münz, with its high castle keep. The climb is now finished and from now on it only goes slightly up and down. From the Castle Scharfenberg (Münz), the trail leads us past a huge sandstone massif downhill. Having reached a pretty resting place, we turn left and climb onto a small path leading to ruins of Anebos. There is very little left of the castle, however the views of the castles of Scharfenberg (Münz) and Trifels are great. Turning clockwise around the hill summit, the trail marker brings us back down to a resting place at the foot of the rock walls. There we turn left and soon come to the "Schlossäcker" below the Trifels with its large parking site, restaurant and kiosk. There then follows another short, but well signposted ascent and we reach the, unfortunately not historically reconstructed, imperial castle of Trifels . This castle was the favourite castle of the Emperor Barbarossa, the depository of the imperial regalia and where the English king Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. A replica of the crown, orb and sceptre can still be seen in the fortress today. Back at the car park, we turn left at an information board down a few steps and then along pleasant forest paths down to our starting point, the parking site at the spa grounds.


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Public transport


Sustainable travel with public transport in Trifelsland. Annweiler am Trifels train station on the Landau-Pirmasens Queichtal line. The line runs every hour. From the train station we walk past the tourist information at the Meßplatz to the main street and then walk up the Burgstrasse, at the Kurpark on the left hand side, to the hikers' car park. From there it is only a few meters to the starting point of the hike. VRN timetable information

Getting there

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


Hiking car park at the spa facilities, P1, Bindersbacher Straße in Annweiler am Trifels. Alternative parking options:

Windhof (Trifelsstraße)

Schloßäcker (Trifelsstraße below castle Trifels, paid parking)



49.199450, 7.968510
49°11'58.0"N 7°58'06.6"E
32U 424856 5450140
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte "Hauenstein-Trifelsland" (Maßstab 1:25.000), Pietruska-Verlag


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.

Questions and answers

Question from Sebastian Wacker · March 01, 2022 · Community
Wie sieht es auf dem Wanderweg mit Toiletten aus ?
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Answered by Sabine Kocher-Deobald · March 01, 2022 · Community
Leider gibt es keine Toiletten auf dem Weg, da die Burg Trifels und die Gaststätte Barbarossa am Parkplatz zur Burg zur Zeit dauerhaft geschlossen sind.
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Question from Lena Reiter · August 09, 2021 · Community
Auch für mit hund geeignet oder lieber nicht ?😊
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Answered by Norbert Lammerts  · August 09, 2021 · Community
👍 Hallo Lena, geht auch mit Hund wenn er noch gut zu Pfote ist 😄
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Question from Wilfried Wagner · September 12, 2020 · Community
Ist der Weg für Kinderwagen geeignet?
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Answered by Sandra Winter  · September 12, 2020 · Community
Nein, wenn man zu den Ruinen möchte muss man schon schmale steinige Pfade hoch, da passt kein Kinderwagen.
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Rainer Weißmann
December 31, 2022 · Community
Die Beschilderung könnte besser sein, dies haben wir bei anderen Premium-Wegen schon besser erlebt. Deshalb gibt es auch nur 4 Sterne. Es ist durchaus eine schöne Tour die über breite oder schmale Wege führt. Wir sind vom Wanderparkplatz am Trifels in Annweiler gegen den Uhrzeigersinn gestartet. Von hier ging es nicht allzu steil bergauf bis zum Waldparkplatz Windhof. Jetzt folgt ein etwas steileres Stück zur Burgruine Scharfenberg. Dies war aber wegen Restaurierungsarbeiten geschlossen. Diese sollen bis Ende 2023 andauern. Am Fuße der Ruine ist ein schöner Aussichtspunkt. Von hier bis zur Burg Trifels ist der Wanderweg einfach zu gehen. Ab Trifels geht es dann zurück zum Parkplatz. Dieses Stück Weg ist unserer Meinung nach nicht mehr so reizvoll. Auf der gesamten Strecke gibt es zahlreiche Rastplätze so das selbst mitgebrachtes verzehrt werden kann (bitte Abfälle mitnehmen). Uns hat die Wanderung Spaß gemacht.
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Har Bro
June 08, 2022 · Community
An den entscheidenden Stellen fehlen Hinweiszeichen. An einigen Stellen muss man sich durch das Gestrüpp kämpfen. Beides sollte bei einem „Premiumweg“ nicht vorkommen.
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When did you do this route? June 08, 2022
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7.7 km
2:30 h
397 m
397 m
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
201 m
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