An Historical Perspective: Built in 1556, the hearth in our half timbered house was warm and glowing before William Shakespeare was born. Queen Mary reigned as Queen of England, with Elizabeth I waiting in the wings (the prison wings of the Tower of London). No enduring European settlements had yet been built in North America, and Nostradamus was still writing his predictions for the future.
1556 Haus is the perfect destination for your European getaway. Located amid sweeping panoramas of vineyards and the Haardt Mountains, minutes from castles, museums, and famous cathedrals, our bed and breakfast is ideally positioned to offer you the widest variety of vacation possibilities. Germany's largest expanse of uninterrupted forest is 100 meters from our door, offering year round access to groomed hiking and biking trails. The Pfalzerwald is the most sought after hiking destination in Germany. Located directly on the Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Street), the village of Gleisweiler offers unlimited potential for wine tasting and winery visits in its 7 local wineries, and hundreds of wineries within a 20 mile radius. Already a thriving village in the year 1007, Gleisweiler has served as host to many members of the European nobility over the centuries as they visited the local spa, Bad Gleisweiler. Today, with just under 600 residents, Gleisweiler boasts 7 restaurants offering menus ranging from the hearty local cuisine to gourmet feasts, all within a ten minute walk from your rooms.