Gentle hills, vineyards, quiet woods and small half-timbered villages — Rhinehesse offers hiking pleasure of the cozy kind. The most beautiful hiking trails in Rhinehesse are the signposted Hiwweltouren. In the gentle ups and downs, the nine hikes take you across the Hiwwel — Rhine-Hessian for hills — and along magnificent views. Not only picturesque vineyards await you along the way, but also small wine villages where you can taste the precious grape juice. The Hiwwel tours are between eight and 14 kilometers long and are therefore perfect for leisurely hikers.
Rhinehesse — the sound of the word already makes the heart of wine connoisseurs beat faster. But not only the wines are excellent, also the sun-drenched landscape, in which the vines thrive, is of selected beauty. Framed in the north and east by the Rhine, a wide hilly landscape stretches between the Rhine Slate Mountains and the Palatinate Forest. The wine is of course your constant companion on the hikes — whether you stroll through almost endless vineyards, taste a fine wine on a winery or simply have a bottle with you on your tours. Because on the Hiwwel tours you always have good opportunities for enjoyable breaks. The typical Rhine-Hessian “Tables of Wine”, resting places with tables over five meters long, are particularly well suited to this. With a wonderful view you can then enjoy your provisions and let your gaze wander over the wide landscape — pure hiking pleasure.
As you can see, wine connoisseurs as well as nature lovers get their money's worth in Rheinhesse. Discover the Hiwwel tours and get to know Germany's largest wine-growing region from its picturesque side.
The Hiwweltour Bismarck tower indulges you with the entire scenic diversity of Rheinhessen: forest trails in the Gau-Algesheimer Kopf nature reserve, natural watercourses in the Welzbachtal, wonderful views over open meadows and of course spreading vineyards on the famous Hundertgulden vineyard.The walk on the Hiwweltour begins at the eponymous Bismarckturm. Here is still worth a climb to the observation deck, from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding landscape. Immediately thereafter, the hike leads you through a natural mixed forest, first gently uphill and then downhill past the small town of Gau-Algesheim. The romantic town center is well worth a visit.Along the Welzbach you continue hiking to the sun-kissed vineyard Hundertgulden. Here the trail climbs along the vines and soon you will enjoy a fantastic view of the vineyards and the surrounding countryside. After you have crossed the nature reserve Gau-Algesheimer Kopf on forest paths, you will wander over pastures and fields back to the starting point of the tour.
Two special highlights await you on the Hiwweltour Eichelberg: On the one hand, you wander on the eponymous acorn mountain through enchanted pine forests, which remind you of their sandy soils and the beguiling scent of the Mediterranean Sea. And second, it's past a former quarry that is filled with water today. With its steep cliffs, it forms a stark contrast to the rolling hills of Rheinhessen.At the Wanderparkplatz Alter Bahnhof, very close to the former quarry, begins the Hiwweltour. First, it goes along a narrow tree lined along wide fields before the trail leads you into a rustic pine forest. You hike gently uphill and explore the wooded slopes of Eichelberg.After leaving behind the forests of the Eichelberg, the Hiworld tour leads along the edge of Fürfeld. The trail runs above the Fürfelder Bach, which flows into the Appelbach a little later. In the gentle up and down you now stroll past vineyards. Just before you reach the starting point of the tour, the exciting view of the abandoned quarry awaits you.
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On the Hiwweltour Heideblick not only endless vineyards await you, but also small heathland areas. These were once the original landscapes of Rheinhessen, but the heath was almost completely pushed back in favor of viticulture and agriculture. Around the Siefersheimer Horn, you can still enjoy small heathland today.Starting point of the Hiwweltour is the trail parking lot "Am Gänsborn" in Siefersheim. In the middle of the vineyard, you hike to the beginning of Siefersheimer Höll, the first heath landscape on your hike. Juniper, heather and small trees make the landscape a real natural gem. On your way, you walk for a while along the heath, which is interrupted only here and there by vineyards.Soon you can see the Ajaxturm towering over the vineyards in front of you. The tower dates from the 19th century, but its architectural style is clearly modeled on medieval castle towers. A little later it goes through the Neu-Bamberger Heide and then on a short detour into the romantic center of Neu-Bamberg.From here you hike on the banks of the Appelbach, until the Hiwweltour sharp right behind the fish pond branches off to the right. Now it goes gently uphill to the Siefersheimer Horn, where the largest heathland awaits you. Via vineyards you finally reach the starting point of the hike.
Of all Hiwweltouren spoils you the hike over the Tiefenthaler height with the most beautiful and longest forest sections. The whole thing is of course garnished with the obligatory views over the sun-kissed vineyards of Rheinhessen.On the banks of the Appelbach, right on the edge of the small village of Tiefenthal, the Hiwweltour Tiefenthaler Höhe begins. Along the shore you follow the path to the wetland biotope Appelbach and immediately afterwards into the dense forest. The trail rises gently and especially on hot summer days you will love the cool shade of tall trees. After two kilometers, the forest opens and you have a wonderful panorama over the Rheinhessen Switzerland.Only over meadows and then again over forest paths you hike on to the abandoned quarry Dunzelloch. The abandoned quarry is now overgrown again by the forest and only a steep rock face rises between the trees. A wide section of forest and you are already standing on the edge of open fields. With a wonderful view of the Appelbachtal, it goes along the edge of the forest and across open meadows back to the starting point of the hike.
Vineyards and wonderful views - these are the ingredients for the Hiwweltour Stadecker Warte. There are also terroir soil profiles, where you can learn a lot about the special soil characteristics of Rheinhessen and the consequent effect on the grapevines on detailed information boards.Starting point of Hiwweltour is the trail parking lot at the tennis court in Stadecken-Elsheim. After a short section along the country road, you will soon enter the picturesque nature of Rheinhessen. The trail climbs gently and leads you first across open fields and then into sun-drenched vineyards. Soon you will meet the first terroir soil profile: the limestone sand profile. An open terrain level and the information board make the geology first-hand experience.You walk through the vineyards, past the Stadecker Warte and up to the Tonmergelboden profile - also with an extensive information board. Right next to it, a wooden gazebo invites you to a cozy rest with a wonderful view. With a still beautiful view, you now hike gently downhill and through the renatured Saubachtal back to Stadecken-Elsheim.
A journey of more than 13 kilometers makes the Hiwweltour Aulheimer Tal the longest of all Hiwweltouren. Accordingly, a lot of variety awaits you on this round trip. You wander over fragrant meadows, along colorful fields, through small woodland and of course through wide vineyards. Two viewpoints and the Flonheimer Trullo are three more highlights on your hike.Let's start on the edge of the wine village Flonheim. With a beautiful view of the village, you wander off, cross a first vineyard and then wander through the quiet Wiesbachtal. After a while, the Hiworld Tour branches off to the left and leads you on the edge of the Aulheim Graben up to the Aulberg and thus also to the Flonheimer Trullo. The Apulian-style little house stands in the midst of endless grapevines and has been home to winegrowers since the 18th century.Along the vineyards you follow the Hiwweltour through the Aulheim valley. Soon it goes into the forest and the Lonsheimer tower. The climb is worthwhile, because the observation deck spoils with a great 360-degree panorama. At the edge of the forest, you will hike on to the second vantage point, the observation tower Bornheim. Wherever you look, in all directions gentle hills, meadows and vineyards. Shortly before you arrive back at the starting point of the tour, you can stop by one of the Flonheim wineries.
The Hiwweltour Neuborn is with a length of eight kilometers a nice walk for leisurely hikers. The hike takes you over the rolling hills between Wörrstadt and Rommersheim and offers you again and again beautiful views of the vast landscape of Rheinhessen. Worthwhile is also a trip to the center of Rommersheim with its half-timbered houses and wineries.The trail parking lot at the forest recreation area Neuborn is the starting point of your hike. On beautiful paths, you first wander through the mixed forest and then wander on through the sheer endless sea of vines. At the Burgunderturm, which you can also climb, you have a particularly beautiful view of the Rheinhessische hilly landscape.Through the vineyards, it is now gently downhill towards Rommersheim. After you have crossed the tranquil wine village, you stroll along fields far up to the Wörrstädter Wedding and Jubilee Forest. Wörrstädter citizens can plant here on the occasion of a jubilee, a wedding or just as a tree, which is provided with the name of the donor. Shortly afterwards you will reach the Neuborn again and thus the starting point of the hike.
No question, for wine connoisseurs Hofgut Westerhaus is the absolute highlight on the Hiwweltour Westerberg. After all, it regularly lands on the top 100 list of German wineries and is also one of the 1000 best wineries worldwide. By prior arrangement, you can also plan a wine tasting on your hike. If on your walks next to the nature of wines play a minor role, you will be pleased on this tour especially on the romantic Selztal and the beautiful views over Rheinhessen.The Hiwweltour begins on the banks of the Selz on the edge of the village Großwinterheim. From here it goes flat along the shore and through the natural Selztal. If you like, you can also make a detour to Schwabenheim here. Shortly thereafter, you leave the Selz and begin your climb to Westerberg.First you wander through vineyards and then along the edge of a rustic mixed forest. On the Westerberg plateau you will also find the romantic Westerhaus Castle. In the further course of the tour, you will hike through historic, centuries-old sunken roads, until it returns to the starting point on the edge of colorful fields.
The Hiwweltour Zornheimer height is also rather comfortable - about eight kilometers of track and only just under 140 vertical meters result in genuine hiking enjoyment. Along the trail, ten information boards provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the nature, history and agricultural use of the Zornheimer Höhe. There is also a wetland biotope and, of course, wide views over the Rheinhessian vineyards - a dreamy Hiworld tour is ready.The Hiwweltour begins on the outskirts of Zornheim. The small village with the impressive church and the pretty Lindenplatz is worth a visit anyway - whether at the beginning or at the end of the hike, is your decision. In any case, you walk from Zornheim towards Jubiläumswald. Numerous fruit trees were planted here on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Rheinhessen. The trees are still small, but in the near future a magnificent orchard will be created here.From the anniversary forest, the Hiwweltour leads through the wetland biotope Rohrwiesen. Then it goes over open fields and finally into the vineyards. Due to the hillside you have a particularly beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. The fabulous vision is also the reason why you can examine remnants of the Selzstellung, a military fortress from the period before the First World War. From the Selzstellung you wander still further through the vineyards, until you again in Zornheim at the starting point of the hike eintriffst.