Wachtenburg Castle

Wachenheim, Germany

Wachtenburg Castle, dating back to the 12th century, is the town's landmark which can be seen from afar and is also known as the 'balcony of the Palatinate' thanks to its beautiful view. Along with the Burgschänke, it is one of the most popular getaway destinations in the region.

Wachtenburg Castle is home to the ruins of a spur castle on the spur of a hill rising 232 m above sea level. The castle on what is known as Schloßberg directly above Wachenheim an der Weinstraße was probably built in the 12th century under Konrad von Hohenstaufen, a half-brother of the famous Emperor Barbarossa. The castle was destroyed by French troops during the War of the Palatinate Succession in 1689.

Wachtenburg Castle is located on the premium hiking trail Pfälzer Weinsteig. From the castle's lookout tower, there is a phenomenal view of the Rhine Valley that reaches as far as the Black Forest, which is why Wachtenburg Castle is also known as the 'balcony of the Palatinate'. The history of the castle is displayed in the small castle museum.

The attached Burgschänke offers typical Palatinate specialities.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Karsten M (13 months ago)
Great historic place. Good food and drinks and a very nice view.
Carsten Kreuzer (14 months ago)
Super very nice spot to get a view and local food and wine.
Faisal Rasheed (2 years ago)
The sunset view was amazing. Take a break, walk through wine garden sit down with your favourite drink and enjoy the view.
Richard Ashcroft (4 years ago)
The 13th century castle ruin is scenically located on the edge of the Palatine Forest, with vineyards cascading down to the Rhine Plain. Food, wine and expansive views are on hand.
Michael Menzel (6 years ago)
Lovely place and great view! You can get local food and wine here ?
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