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Location: Sankt Martin, Südliche Weinstraße, Südpfalz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Best Hikes to Kropsburg
  • Ralf

    The Burgschänke with its bright and airy guest room and wonderful wine and beer garden is idyllically situated in the forest and in the vineyards, in the outer bailey of the Kropsburg. Not only because of the excellent location and the beautiful surroundings, but also because of the good food and the very pleasant atmosphere, the Burgschänke an der Kropsburg is a popular and often visited destination. You can't always count on a free spot if you're lucky, but the host family will be happy to take your reservation. Overnight possible.

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    • January 18, 2017

  • Nice castle, unfortunately not to visit inside.
    But you can eat well in the castle tavern.

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    • May 25, 2018

  • The Kropsburg located above St. Martin, is a privately owned castle with Gastronomie.Man has a good view of the surrounding vineyards from the castle. If you follow the red dot hiking mark, you will walk in the direction of Kalmit.

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    • October 14, 2018

  • A nice opportunity to rest with a view of the Palatine Tuscany.

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    • March 25, 2019

  • The Kropsburg lies on the district of the South Palatinate wine-growing community of St. Martin in the district of the Southern Wine Route (Rhineland-Palatinate). It is a nice restaurant with outdoor seating.

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    • June 18, 2019

  • The Kropsburg is located in the district of the southern Palatinate wine-growing community St. Martin in the district of Südliche Weinstrasse (Rhineland-Palatinate).
    Before its destruction in 1689, it was u. a. Seat of the highest barons of the empire, the Knights of Dalberg. A successor building erected in 1771 by a Dalberg descendant from the rubble in the courtyard of the lower castle was operated as a restaurant. This restaurant is now closed and the castle is no longer accessible. However, there is a newer restaurant in the outer bailey.

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    • March 1, 2020

  • We were out too early to stop, but it looked very nice. Nice little garden. Closed Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in winter also closed on Mondays and only open until 5 p.m.

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    • October 20, 2020

  • Unfortunately the castle cannot be visited because it is privately owned, but the view over the vineyards is great.

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    • October 23, 2020

  • Great hike, Cropsburg recommended with refreshments

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    • May 12, 2017

  • Very popular break station. Food great!

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    • January 15, 2018

  • Nice view over Edenkoben, delicious food and nice staff

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    • August 24, 2020

  • Very nice route to Kropsburg high

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    • April 9, 2017

  • A little above Sankt Martin castle - the castle tavern is located next to it - in a newer building.

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    • November 18, 2018

  • Very nice refreshment opportunity with a very nice view

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    • May 10, 2017

  • Very nice Kropsburg with restoration and beautiful views.

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    • November 9, 2018

  • Good shade in summer, cozy place for a break and refreshment

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    • March 29, 2020

  • Very nice location, was unfortunately closed during our visit. We will be back

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    • May 1, 2020

  • The construction of the Kropsburg goes back to the Staufer and is dated to around 1200; At that time, a whole ring of castles was built to shield the Reichsburg Trifels, which was about 20 km away. Similar to the Hambach Castle to the north and the Rietburg Castle to the south, the Kropsburg offered a wide view of the Rhine plain.

    Initially, the Kropsburg was the seat of a ministerial. It was later inherited by the descendants of the vassals and thus became the Ganerbenburg with several owners, who expanded it into an upper and a lower castle. A small dominion, which consisted of the towns of Sankt Martin, Maikammer and Winnweiler, belonged to the castle.[2] After the end of the Staufers in the second half of the 13th century, it came into the possession of the Bishopric of Speyer. This enfeoffed various noble houses with the Kropsburg, including those of Kropsberg, von Ochsenstein and von Odenbach. John III Chamberlain von Worms first acquired a house in Kropsburg in 1323 from his son-in-law, Merkel von Kropsburg. In 1345 he then bought his entire 50% share in the castle and associated goods. The descendants of John III. between 1393 and 1439 they also bought the second half of the Kropsburg, so that it now belonged exclusively to the family of the chamberlains from Worms.[3] From 1492 to 1531 Johann XXII was from this family. Chamberlain of Worms Lord of the Kropsburg and in St. Martin, where his magnificent tomb is preserved in the local Martinskirche.

    In 1522, the castle chapel St. Ägidius is mentioned in a document, for which Georg von Schwalbach, cathedral custodian and general vicar of the Speyer diocese, approved the safekeeping of the holy of holies. The chaplain of St. Martin also receives permission to work there as a pastor.[4]

    While the Kropsburg survived the turmoil of the Peasants' War and the Thirty Years' War almost unscathed in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was completely and finally destroyed by French troops in 1689 during the Palatinate War of Succession.

    In 1771 Jakob Amandus von Dalberg built a new stately home on the ruins of the lower castle. After remodeling and modernization, it later operated as a restaurant until it closed. The new restaurant built on the site is known for its panoramic view over the Rhine plain.
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    • January 15, 2022

  • take a look at the holiday apartment, they are really great

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    • October 28, 2020

  • A cozy garden inside the castle invites you to linger. Unfortunately we were too early to stop by. Tuesday is the day of rest in winter also Monday. Otherwise always open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter until 5 p.m.

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    • October 20, 2020

  • Large outdoor dining area, rich selection of dishes. And a beautiful castle building.

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    • October 3, 2021

  • Very nice castle with private residential units...unfortunately.

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    • January 26, 2022

  • Unfortunately you cannot visit the castle, but the castle tavern is worth a visit

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    • March 20, 2022

  • Unfortunately not to visit, but a really great economy with a sun terrace

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    • July 4, 2022

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Location: Sankt Martin, Südliche Weinstraße, Südpfalz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


  • Elevation1,100 ft


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