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: French-German Border Castles
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.
Hiking: Castles of the Wiligartswiesen
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.
Hiking: Eußerthal Monastery and the Cliffs of Annweiler
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.
Hiking: Wasgau Vineyards
This hike takes you through the small towns and villages at the base of the Wasgau Mountains, where the Rhine valley ends. Its a region known for its castles and vineyards, which are in ample supply on this trip.