The Falkenstein Castle is enthroned above the same-named village directly on the Donnersberg in the municipality of Winnweiler. The hilltop castle dates back to the Middle Ages (around 1135) and was part of the imperial estate of the former kings and emperors of the region. Since its destruction in 1794, Falkenstein Castle has been in ruins. There are many hotspots in the Donnersberg area, e.g. the eagle arch and many more. It‘s worth spending a few days here.
- Season: May / June; September / October
- Time of day: 06:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.
- Weather: Sun-cloud-mix
- Lenses: 16-35 mm, 24-70 mm, 70-200 mm details depending on your perspective
- Filter: Polarizing filter and soft gray gradient GND 16, GND 8 depending on the light conditions, also GND 8 from below, GND 16 from above and viewing gap in the castle area.
- Tripod: Yes
- Location: From the hiking car park opposite the Kolpinghaus a hiking trail starts directly above the village. About 300 m in the direction of the valley the forest opens up and directly in front of you is the Falkenstein Castle.
Directions and location:
Approach via Winnweiler in the direction of Schweisweiler. After approx. 3 km there is a street on the right in the direction of Imsbach. After 2 km the road goes left through a very romantic rock and cliff valley to Falkenstein Castle. Through the village of Falkenstein, up the mountain to almost the end of the village. There is a parking lot for hikers opposite the Kolpinghaus.
Coordinates: 49.60916, 7.87471