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Hiking & Stopping off

from Wachenheim

The circular hiking trail leads to the ruins of Wachtenburg Castle with views over the Rhine plain.

It dates back to the 12th century and consists of the upper core castle and the lower castle. A circular wall with five towers protected the upper castle. Wachtenburg Castle was largely destroyed during the “Pfälzischer Erbfolgekrieg”.


This hiking tour starts at the market square in Wachenheim and ends there again. At the market square, we recommend taking a look at the Church of St. George and the Ludwig Chapel. The route starts along the town wall and, for a while, along the country road. After 1.8 km, turn left and then immediately left again. You now cross the vineyards and head towards the ruins of Wachtenburg Castle. There you can enjoy the view over Wachenheim and the surrounding vineyards.

The ascent to the castle ruins is steep, but the view makes up for the effort in any case and if you wish, you can stop off at the castle tavern.

For the way back, follow the path uphill for a short distance before descending again after the bend. On the outskirts of Wachenheim, you reach the Schönste Weinsicht and have a wonderful view of the castle ruins. The path leads you once again into the vineyards in a southerly direction before the tour ends at the starting point on the market square.

Tour details
Difficulty: easy
Distance: 7.1 km
Duration: 2 h

Hiking map