Falkenberg was first mentioned in 1154 and has an illustrious history of sorts as evidenced by its hilltop castle dating to the inception of the town. Located in the Upper Paltinate, it is most noted now as an major gateway to the Waldnaabtal Nature Reserve, a gorgeously lush forest with numerous granite formations.

The Waldnaaptal

The castle ruins, atop a geotope, were purchased by Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg in 1936, who promptly rebuilt them into a retirement home. He was later executed for his part in trying to overtake Adolf Hitler during WWII.

IMG_6068Castle Falkenberg

In addition to being the gateway town to the Waldnaabtal and the Goldsteig, Germany’s premier long distance hiking trail, Falkenberg is more known to beer aficionados as home to one of only five Kommunbrauhaus which make true Zoigl.

IMG_6059.JPGKommunbrauhaus in Falkenberg

Though the Kommunbrauhaus at “In der Schwaige” in Falkenberg only dates back to 1927 in its present form, a brewery stood at this location even before the town was granted brewing rights in 1467. What it lacks in age, it more than makes up for in scenic setting, with Falkenberg Castle looming in the background. There are only two families currently serving their wares from Falkenberg’s communal brewery.



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