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.
The Wasgau is a forested region between the Palatine Forest to the north and the Vosges Forest to the South. The region is known for its spectacular sandstone pillars, on which many castles were built. While all the castles have decayed over the centuries, their traces form epic and dramatic landscapes when set against the dense and verdant forest. This hike takes you through the most famous castles in the region.
The underrated Nahe Valley has numerous tributaries that extend into the Hunsrück Highlands. This one which goes up and around the Simmertal valley, visits several dramatic outlooks of the landscape along with traces of ancient castles and industrial heritage.
Hike among the sandstone spires of the Palatine Forest and uncover two ancient castle ruins and spectacular viewpoints. At one point, you will come across a preserved section of a Gallo-Roman road that once traversed the mountain pass. This hike may be somewhat challenging, but it is worth the effort.
This hike takes you from the more famous castle of Trifels in the opposite direction. You will head north to see the remnants of the imperial monastery of Eußerthal and the dramatic sandstone cliffs of the Palatine Forest.