Castles and Palaces along the German Wine Route.

Richard the Lionheart was held captive in Trifels Castle high above the Hohenstaufen town of Annweiler and Hamburg Castle in Neustadt a.d.W is showcased as the cradle of democracy. The following overview provides information about the many palaces and castles along the German Wine Route. Experience the history of the Palatinate up close in each one.

Burg Altleiningen | Altleiningen


It is one of the most beautiful castles in "Rheinland-Pfalz", was the ancestral castle of the counts of Leiningen and was built around 1110. The builder was Emich II of Leiningen. At that time, it was [...]

Burgruine Scharfenberg | Annweiler am Trifels


The ruin Scharfenberg is also called "coin" in the vernacular and is located on the southernmost mountain peaks.

Reichsburg Trifels | Annweiler am Trifels


The Trifels castle was one of the most important castles in the Staufer period in the middle ages. It is situated above the small city Annweiler in the southern Palatinate.

Klosterruine Limburg | Bad Dürkheim


Ruined Monastery of Limburg: Situated on a craggy spur overlooking the Isenach Valley is the dominant, one-time Benedictine monastery of the Limburg. It is the setting for one aspect of [...]

Römisches Weingut Weilberg | Bad Dürkheim


The Roman Villa Weilberg: In 1981, on the side of the Weilburg, a Roman wine press as well as the remains of the largest Roman manor house in the Palatinate were discovered. The main house [...]

Schloss- und Festungsruine Hardenburg | Bad Dürkheim


Hardenburg castle, built in the 13th century, was the ostentatious residence of the Dukes of Leiningen and is one of the biggest castle ruins in the country. With its many towers, stairs and [...]

Castle of Böchingen | Böchingen


After World War 2, the baroque castle was home to a vintners' cooperative until in 1961 its new owner transformed it into a champagne cellar. With its polygonal roof, its broad outside [...]

Burgruine Neuscharfeneck | Dernbach


One of the most impossing fortresses in the Palatinate. Expanded by Prince Elector Frederick I., it was burned down in the Peasants War, renovated again in 1530, and finally fell into ruins [...]

Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe | Edenkoben


Villa Ludwigshöhe “A villa in the Italianate style, exclusively for the summer months and in the most clement part of the kingdom” – Villa Ludwigshöhe in Edenkoben was a dream come true for [...]

castle ruin Madenburg | Eschbach


The castle ruin Madenburg is amongst the largest castle grounds in the Palatinate. Built in the 11th century as an imperial castle, the Madenburg changed owners several times, burned down [...]

castle ruin Neukastel | Leinsweiler


The imperial castle Neukastel was built in the 12th century for the protection of the castle Trifels. Even though Neukastel was completely destroyed in the Palatinate war of succession, visitors [...]