German Wild Shower Hike: Gleisweiler – Trifels View -Teufelsberg Loop

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trifels castle with blossom in front
Off in the distance is the Trifels Castle. This viewpoint is superb!

Author’s tl;dr:
🇩🇪 Germany: Low Mountain + Vineyard Day Hike

This loop is away from crowds and has 2 mountain huts to grab food, gorgeous views of mountaintop castles and a wild shower.

7.92 miles, Soft, leaf carpeted trails

german wine road
There’s about 100km of where the mountains meet the vineyards here on the German Wine Road. It’s just the end of the almond blossom time with fading pinks…

Located about 25 min from Neustadt Germany, this Rhineland Pfalz low mountain front-range mixed with vineyard hike offers more expansive vineyard views than the nearby Kalmit or Kurpfalz hikes. However there is less time on the Mandelpfad (Almond Blossom Path) than the Wachenheim hike.

  • What I really loved was wild shower and views of Trifels castle.
  • What I thought was rough was that none of the huts are open outside weekends.
spooky tree in german forest with cute dog
Ruby is the best hiking partner ever~!

Related: If you love chairlifts on your hikes (to skip the up, or if you have friends that don’t love the hills as much as you do) check out my Edenkoben Tal Hike just down the Mandelpfad.

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Gleisweiler – Trifels View – Teufelsberg Loop Hike Overview

✨Best View of Trifels Castle

  • Location: Gleisweiler Germany, Border of Pfälzerwald & Winestrasse
  • When to Hike: Year Round
  • Distance: 7.41 mile loop, 11.92 km
  • Up/down: 1,125 feet, 342 m
  • Time: 3:30 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Points of Interest: St Anna Hutte, St. Anna Church, Trifelsblick Hutte, Teufelsberg, Wild Shower, Vineyard Almond Path, Biosphere Reserve
  • Transport: Parking is free at this parking lot and it’s wild camper friendly, there’s no train but you can use a bus.
german hiking signs on tree
The signage on this trail is Above Average. There are so many trails here it can get confusing.
Trail Sign Rating = 4/5

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Gleisweiler an der Weinstrasse Hiking Map

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paraglider over hte german wine road
If you squint you can see a paraglider flying over the top of a german mountain castle.

My dog Ruby and I hiked it on a sunny day in March. I originally planned to walk in the vineyards to see the last of the Almond Blossoms, but I forgot her leash. We decided to head into the mountains in order not to run into other dogs, and we saw exactly 4 people the entire trail.

This area is along the German Weinstrasse front range, and it’s a great, cultural hike in Rhineland Palatinate.

You will also like my related hiking guide: The Bad Urach Waterfall hike near Stuttgart is very impressive and has lovely yummy huts to eat and it’s own train stop.

Parking – St. Anna Church & Hut (:45)

st annas church
This mountain top church is inspiring and has the best view. Make sure to get snacks after at the hut next door. Better than donuts and coffee. Beer and bratwurst!

Let’s get this over first. Next time, I’d probably reverse direction and follow the “Trifelsblickweg” path instead. The trailhead is between the houses directly near the parking lot.

My trail is definitely great – but it seems better to get the expansive views near St. Anna church at sunset overlooking the vineyards, vs how I did it – walking down the green gorge next to the Wild Shower at sunset.

Basically I went counter clockwise. So depending on time of day…consider switching direction, and/or taking the trifelsblickweg instead. I’m not sure if the Trifels path hits the wild shower though.

cute dog in forest
These hiking paths are very soft.

The path is marked by the “Pfalzer Weinsteig” signage in limited parts. This long distance trail seems amazing and I want to do it staying in villages or mountain huts each night for about 4-5 days!

mushroom in forest

Anyhow, you’ll simply walk up the first single track trail from the parking lot. You’ll be on the “mushroom trail” and walk around the psychiatric hospital.

Through the trees you can spot the Sun Temple.

The sun temple looks really cool. I didn’t get close enough to it on my hike to really check it out as I forgot my leash and needed to stay away from people/dogs.

Just past the Luitpold Tree platz, head through the orchards and then through the forest upward to St. Anna’s Church and the hut directly behind it.

The views here are epic!

german wine road views

I even spotted 2 paragliders on the mountains just north of here.

This website has great info about some of the longer hikes in the area. There are SO MANY trails and signs and they all interweave.

St. Anna’s Hut – Trifelsblick Hut – Teufelsberg (1:45)

trifels castle

Here the path forward is primarily forested and wide flat trails. There are many hand carved wooden statues alongside the trail.

german statue in forest

The Trifelsblick hut is open on Saturday and Sunday and holidays from 9:30-18:00. It’s worth some time here to do some photography.

The views of the Trifels castle are tops.

Spring in the Pfalz is amazing.

From here it’s mainly uphill through pine forests to the next overloook- the Teufelsberg.

It’s a lovely cross with yet another expansive vineyard view.

Teuefelsberg – 3 Corners – Wild Shower – Mandelpfad – Parking (3:30)

teufelfels near german wine road

Fun single track through the forests and “fels” (aka, cool rock formations).

This area is great for beginner mountainbikers too.

cute dog
The fels here are a very short section. They are nice, but nowhere as cool as the fels near Pirmasens or Dahn.

Once you get to the “3 corners” you’re going to now get OFF the marked trails. This is why I chose this route vs the Trifelsblick.

The wild shower is a seriously cool place with an aqueduct of mountain water pushed into a massive stone structure with a waterfall of a shower.

wild shower onhiking path in germany
March was way too cold to try the wild shower.

It’s like a knieppbad on steroids.

It’s a nice single track down to the vineyard area and you’ll pass a really pretty government building.

wine road in germany
The wine road is really freaking awesome. You could just come here to road trip it with endless micro villages to explore all with wine tasting rooms and cute restaurants.

Then get onto the almond blossom path back to the parking lot.

The sign will shift to the “Mandelpfad” and it’s an obvious pink blossom. Have fun strolling back to Gleisweiler and if you go in March the entire trail is covered in pink petals.

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Food and Huts on the Hike

view of trifels castle with spring blossoms

You’ve got two choices on this trail or you can dip into Gleisweiler village….there’s places for wine tastings, hotels and restaurants in the adorable micro village.

Trifelsblick Hutte (Trifels Castle View)

  • The hut is open Saturday and Sunday.
  • You can always take a picnic.
  • They have group hikes.

There are plenty of outdoor tables and a playground.

St. Anna Hutte (Sundays only)

st annas church through the forest

It was closed when I went on a Tuesday, but in season you can grab food and a drink and enjoy the playground. There are public toliets here also. It’s located directly behind St. Anna’s church and the views over the Rhine plain are insanely beautiful.

Look at this website for opening times. It’s maintained by the Burrweiler PWV club.

How to Get Here

By Car

Driving is the easiest way to get to this hike.

Wachenheim is the most adorable wine village but parking is tough. I found a spot on the street and couldn’t find the parking lot. You can find ample parking in the housing section of town away from the mountain side of town.

By Bus

If you want to take the bus, you’ll need to get to Gliesweiler. Check the schedule here.

Cultural Aspects of the Outdoor German Weinstrasse

Gimmeldingen Almond Festival

The Gimmeldingen almond blossom festival, an annual event that attracts visitors and locals alike, is a lovely March festival that takes place over two weekends with a total of around 37,000 enthusiastic visitors.

The feast not only offered a variety of culinary delights, from hearty roasts to sweet crepes, but also a rich selection of drinks. Particularly highlighted was the “Mandellino” again this year, a refreshing cocktail with a decorative floral arrangement that delighted the visitors.

In the evening, local pubs have live music.


The Mandelpfad, or Almond Trail, in Rhineland-Palatinate is a scenic route that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration.

Winding through the picturesque wine-growing region, the trail spans about 100 kilometers and is adorned with the delicate pink and white blossoms of almond trees, especially enchanting in the spring.

Along the way, hikers can immerse themselves in the region’s rich history by visiting charming villages and ancient ruins. The path meanders through zesty vineyards and past cozy wine taverns, inviting travelers to sample the local fare and renowned wines.

Rietburg Chairlift (30 min from Wachenheim)

Soar to a Castle Restaurant

Located at the top of the Rietburg chairlift and inside the castle ruins, this restaurants has some of the best vineyard views you could imagine and serves up typical Pfalzisch dishes and wines.

The Sesselbahn will open this year March 16 and operate daily. It ends at the restaurant located within the castle ruins. For winter it’s open Saturday and Sunday only.

Monday – Friday : 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday + Sunday : 10:00 – 18:00 o’clock

Pricing: 8 euros for adults

Things to Know about the Rietburg Castle Ruins

woman hiking through door in rietburg castle ruins
The Rietburg is a historical hillside castle ruin located above the village of Rhodt within the Südliche Weinstrasse county of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Perched at 535 meters above sea level on the northeastern slope of the 618-meter-high Blättersberg mountain, part of the Haardt range, the castle overlooks the scenic Palatinate Forest.

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The Rietburg was constructed between 1200 and 1204 by the lords of Riet. Its history saw a notable event in 1255 when Hermann of Riet took Queen Elisabeth of the Welfs hostage, leading to his loss of the castle, which then became an imperial possession.

Despite surviving the Weißenburg Feud in 1470 and the Palatine Peasants’ War in 1525, the castle was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War and never rebuilt.

Efforts to preserve the ruins have been ongoing, including a notable discovery of coins during excavations in 1872, preservation work in 1925, and the construction of a refuge hut and a restaurant in the 20th century.

The Rietburg Club has been active in conservation efforts, including the installation of a wooden bridge over the historic neck ditch in 2012.

A local legend speaks of a robber baron with a hideous face who once inhabited the castle, known as the “old palace.”

His cruel actions and eventual downfall are part of the folklore surrounding the Rietburg, adding a mystical aura to its ruins.

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Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and passionate hiker who believes in exploring the world on foot with good food. Follow her journey as she shares science-based hiking tips and advocates for sustainable tourism.