The wooded mountains of the Palatinate Forest rise steeply on the western edge of the Rhine plain. On the gentle, sun-drenched hills below the slopes there are endless vineyards. Here, always alternating between vineyards and forest paths, the Pfälzer Weinsteig meanders through the idyllic landscape. On eleven daily stages, the route leads you from one wine village to the next, you can enjoy dense forests, visit observation towers on the peaks of the Palatinate Forest and browse through ancient castle ruins. The Highlight of each Tour is an evening glass of wine from the region.
Over eleven stages, the Pfälzer Weinsteig leads from the "House of the German Wine Route" in Bockenheim along the transition from the Pfälzerwald to the Rhine plain to the "German Wine Gate" in Schweigen-Rechtenbach at the southern end of the wine route. With forest paths, magnificent vantage points, cosy forest restaurants and of course wide vineyards, the hiking trail is very varied. You will find an extensive selection of accommodation and refreshments at each individual stage destination – from a simple guesthouse to an elegant spa hotel. Since the region is a popular holiday destination, however, you should always reserve your overnight stays in advance. Many hosts also offer luggage transfers. You can find out more when you make your booking.
Most stages are less than 12 miles (20 kilometers) in length and are therefore also suitable for occasional hikers. If the entire route is still too long for you, or you would prefer to avoid a particular stage, that's no problem. Since all stage locations are well connected to the train and bus network, you can also choose your favorite stages or plan individual day trips. The best way to reach the respective stage locations is via Neustadt an der Weinstraße station, which in turn is served from Mannheim, Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg. Various regional trains and buses will take you from Neustadt to the start of your hikes.
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Last updated: November 23, 2021
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Your hike on the Weinsteig starts at the house of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim. The small community is located in a vast landscape of sun-drenched vineyards and marks the northernmost point of the German wine route. You can easily reach Bockenheim with the regional train R45 from Neustadt an der…
Neuleiningen, the starting point of the second stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig, lies on the northern edge of the Palatinate Forest. From the small town the signposted route leads you on the edge of the forest over wide vineyards and then up to the castle Battenberg, the first highlight of the day. On…
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In Bad Dürkheim begins the third stage of the Palatinate vineyard. The spa is located directly at the transition from the Rhine valley to Haardt. The Haardt mountain range is part of the Palatinate Forest and runs from Bad Dürkheim in the north to Alberweiler in the south. From Bad Dürkheim, the trail…
From Deidesheim the fourth stage on the edge of the Haardt takes you south. At the same time, you will hike from the stage point without much difference in altitude through endless vineyards and enjoy a magnificent view.
After a little dangling over wooded mountain slopes, you can even learn something…
On the fifth stage between Neustadt and St. Martin you can expect a particularly varied forest hike. From Neustadt, the Weinsteig winds its way right at the beginning of the tour in numerous serpentines to the Nollkenkopf, a striking peak of the Haardt. Thanks to a swath in the trees, you can take a…
The sixth stage on the Pfälzer Weinsteig begins in St. Martin. After leaving the tranquil wine village, you ascend on some hairpin bends on the slopes of the Haardt. On rustic forest paths you continue hiking. Today, most of the trail winds its way along the edge of the Rhine plain - so you will always…
Starting point of the seventh stage is Burrweiler. The small village is located directly below the dense mountain forests of Haardt in a vast landscape of picturesque vineyards. However, you turn your back on the vines and step right up over the wooded slopes.
Today's stage winds deeper and deeper into…
After crossing the quiet Haardt mountain forests on the first seven stages of Bad Dürkheim, you will reach the Dahn Rockland at the beginning of your eighth stage. This is characterized by impressive Buntsandsteinfelsgruppen, which sit on the back of the mountains, and through countless castle ruins…
Annweiler, starting point of the ninth stage, is located directly at the foot of the Reichsburg Trifels. A steep path leads you right at the beginning to the medieval castle ruin, where the Stauferkaiser resided almost 1,000 years ago. The partially reconstructed ruin sits enthroned on a striking rock…
In Klingenmünster, right at the transition from the Palatine Forest to the Rhine plain, you start your tenth day hike. After the countless castles the day before, today it is a matter of diversification exclusively through contemplative and peaceful nature.
At the beginning you wander through vineyards…
In Bad Bergzabern your eleventh and last stage starts on the Palatinate Vineyard. Finally, the trail shows again in all its diversity.
At the beginning, you will hike over a hilly winegrowing area and follow the signposted hiking trail through the forest to the picturesque Dörrenbach. Take a leisurely…
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