Halloween Hikes in Germany with Best Places to Eat

The scariest haunted trails and castles Germany has to offer.

Berwartstein castle
Does this set the stage for Halloween?

As an expat in Europe, sometimes I really miss Halloween. The costumes, candy and crazy home decorations.

While Halloween is catching on, like most European things it’s less commercial and more natural and rooted in history.

This article helps you to explore the outdoor Halloween and natural spooky side of Germany.

Haunted hikes, spooky trails and the most gorgeous Fall colors make Halloween the perfect time to enjoy the German Outdoors.

This hiking guide is created so you don't need any special apps. Each family friendly hike comes with a clickable free google TRAIL Guide so you know the best places to eat, things to see and won't get lost along the trail.

Unless you want to.

Devil's Table - Teufelstisch in Germany
Devil's Table - Teufelstisch in Germany

Top 5 Halloween Hikes in Germany

1. Ultimate Halloween Hike: Frankenstein's Castle

2. Easiest Halloween Hike: Devil's Table

3. Best Adventure Halloween Hike: Dragon's Stone

4. Best Witchy Halloween Hike: Hexenklamm

5. Most Stroller Friendly & Historical Halloween Hike: Berwartstein Castle

Ultimate Halloween Hike

Frankenstein's Castle

Burg Frankenstein - Prev owned by an "alchemist"
Burg Frankenstein - Prev owned by an "alchemist"

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Mary Shelley took a road trip nearby when pro "alchemist" Johann Dippel worked on soul transference & created the “elixir of life” out of animal fluids here at Burg Frankenstein.

Trail Name: Ultimate Easy and Spooky Halloween Hike at Frankenstein Castle

This hike is for you if you an easy mostly stroller-friendly path through dark woods, clowns peeping at you from the belltower, and fairycore forest surroundings.

Backdoor to Burg Frankenstein
Backdoor to Burg Frankenstein

Take an opportunity to calm your fears of the undead with the long Barfusspfad (Shiatsu Foot massage path) and healing herb garden to smell and touch medicinal plants.

Massage your feet with German Barefoot Paths - like shitatsu massage
Massage your feet with German Barefoot Paths - like shitatsu massage

Location: Darmstadt Germany: 1:15 from K-Town

Type of Hike: Loop

Distance: 1.4 miles

Elevation: 150 ft up, 175 ft down

Duration: Approx. 30-60 min

Difficulty: Easy

Start/end point: Parking lot: https://goo.gl/maps/vPRryMwAFf5xwE9v7

Kid-friendly: yes

Stroller-friendly: Yes - But Spooky Woods & Herb Garden You’ll want to park it and walk

Dog-friendly: Yes

Dog hiking in Germany
Ruby: My protector against the undead

Fees: none to hike, but Halloween “show” has tickets

Camino de Santiago: no

Halloween Tickets and Eat Here: https://www.frankenstein-halloween.de/tickets/

Dark Forests Surround Burg Frankenstein
Dark Forests Surround Burg Frankenstein


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Stay: If you're driving from Bavaria or France and don't want to pay for a hotel, my daughter and I have had great success with turning the back of our SUV into a "camper". It's legal to sleep in your car in Germany as long as you are in a legal parking spot.

Google Map: Ultimate Easy and Spooky Halloween Hike at Frankenstein Castle

How to use this map: Use your computer mouse or fingers to zoom in and out. Click on the icons to get more information. Click the arrow on the top left corner for the written index. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your google maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open google maps, click the menu button, and go to “your places”/ “maps.”

Komoot App with GPS Tracking: Komoot allows one free region so you don’t have to subscribe to use this. It's an easy to use app for hiking.

Use my "tour" that I personally created to have this particular hike on your phone. Even without a good mobile signal, you can use your phone's GPS and follow the red dot.


Easiest Halloween Hike

Devil's Table - Teufelstisch

Teufelstisch in Palatinate Forest in Germany
Teufelstisch in Palatinate Forest in Germany

This hike is for you if you’re into mushrooms and one of German’s most incredible rock formations called Teufelstisch. Meaning the Devil’s Table, it almost looks like an upside-down mushroom.

It's an easy walk from the parking lot to get to this famous and impressive rock formation that seems impossible with gravity.

Trail Name: Devil’s Table Halloween Family Hike

Location: Outside Pirmasens, Germany--30 min from Landstuhl

Type of Hike: 2 Loops

Distance: 1.5 miles

Elevation: 350 ft up, 300 ft down

Duration: Approx. 30-60 min

Difficulty: Easy

Start/end point: Parkplatz Erlebnispark https://goo.gl/maps/f9kttCBcKQuajqj

Kid-friendly: yes

Stroller-friendly: no

Dog-friendly: yes

Fees: yes, parking

Camino de Santiago: no

Eat Here: Spooky Bier Garten Brauhaus Ehrstein.

Michelin Style: Die Brasserie for a high-end experience. Reserve a table at this 1 star Michelin restaurant in the forest.

This hike in the heart of Felsland (Rock Land) in the Palatinate forest astounds with the coolest rock formation called the Devil’s Table, a wicked cool playground, and a mushroom extravaganza loop called Handschuhe. Meaning "glove" in German.

Maybe the glove of Satan fell under his table?

amanita mushroom