One of Germany's truly hidden gems is the Nahe Valley and the dramatic gorge that the river carves through the landscape. The Rothenfels or the Red Cliffs is a sheer vertical massif that rises from the otherwise flat landscape of the Palatinate. This hike takes you to the two main sights, the beautiful Red Cliffs and the ruined Artillery Bastion on top of them.
Category: Cultural Landscape
Hike: Lindenfels Loop
Lindenfels was once an important outpost of the Electoral Palatinate in the Odenwald. However, as the region declined in economic importance, so did the castle. Though it was not destroyed, the Electors had the fortifications scrapped and sold for building materials to fund projects elsewhere. This hike takes you through some of the beautiful Odenwald landscapes up to the ruins of the Lindenfels castle, and back to the start.
Hike: Malerweg – The Bastei
This combines the first two stages of the Malerweg, or the Painters' Way, through the forests of Saxon-Switzerland. The highlight is, without doubt, the fortress-like bridge of the Bastei and the dramatic views of the Elbe Valley below. The hike also includes some spectacular scenery up in the forests near Hohnstein.
Hike: The Legend of Sleeping Beauty
The town of Bad Bergzabern and the Monastery of Liebfrauenberg have no connection to sleeping beauty or any other fairy tale, but for some reason, it's marketed as such. This hike takes you through the full spectrum of German history, from ruins of ancient castles to the ruins of WW2 Westwall Bunkers.
Hike: Nahe Valley Panorama
The Nahe Valley has several spectacular viewpoints. This hike focuses on one, in particular, simply the "The Best Nahe Viewpoint" or the "Two Land Viewpoint." The hike also includes a visit to some industrial monuments nearby, including a mercury mine founded by the ancient Romans and a sandstone quarry.