Bike Touring Highlight
Pfalz planned a hike.
May 19, 2017
The Palatinate Vineyard is pure Palatinate: alternately leads the 170-kilometer long path on dreamy paths through entertaining forest passages and sunlit sections in the Palatinate vineyard.Stage 1: from Bockenheim to NeuleiningenThe first stage of the Palatinate Weinsteig, the longest of the three Palatinate predicate hiking trails leads from the architecturally striking house of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim through the sun-drenched Palatinate Reebenmeer via Mertesheim and Grünstadter Berg to the picturesque castle village of Neuleiningen.Stage 2: From Neuleiningen to Bad DürkheimThe second stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig takes us from the pretty, 750-year-old wine and castle village of Neuleiningen to the spa town of Bad Dürkheim. In addition to the highest Bismarck tower in the Palatinate, we discover on the varied route also a Germanic cult place and a ring wall from the Celtic era.Stage 3: From Bad Dürkheim to DeidesheimThe third stage takes us from the picturesque Römerplatz in Bad Dürkheim over the Poppen and Burgtal to the promising Wachenburg ruins. Passing the heath holes, we descend to the small town of Deidesheim, a pearl of the German Wine Route.Stage 4: From Deidesheim to Neustadt a. d. wine RouteIn the picturesque old town of Deidesheim we start the fourth stage and hike through vineyards, the Palatinate Forest and along idyllic streams to the summit of the Weinbiet. A varied, promising descent then brings us down to Neustadt an der Weinstraße, one of the largest wine-growing communities in Germany.Stage 5: From Neustadt a. d. Wine Route to St. MartinToday we are facing the longest stage of the vineyard. Not only do we discover numerous interesting natural monuments such as the Gypsy Rock, the Hambacher Bergstein or the impressive Felsenmeer, but with the 673 m high Kalmit we climb the highest peak of the Palatinate Forest.
May 12, 2017
Stage 6: From St. Martin to BurrweilerStarting from the picturesque village of St. Martin we hike on charming paths and paths always along the Haardtrand along to Burrweiler. Special highlights on the route are the idyllically situated Hilschweiher, the Villa Ludwigshöhe, a Mariengrotte as well as the promising St. Anna-Kapelle and the St. Anna-Haus.Stage 7: From Burrweiler to DernbachOn the seventh Weinsteig stage we get to know three other idyllically situated huts of the Palatine Forest Association. In addition, we discover one of the most beautiful views of the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine plain on the particularly scenic round about the Orensberg.Stage 8: From Dernbach to Annweiler am TrifelsFrom Dernbach we walk through forests and meadows to Eußerthal and on to Gräfenhausen, the westernmost wine-growing community of the Palatinate. Then it goes over the heights of the Great Adelberg, past the lookout point Krappenfels and down to the town of Annweiler, which lies at the foot of the majestic Reichsburg Trifels.Stage 9: From Annweiler am Trifels to KlingenmünsterThe ninth Weinsteig stage spoils us with numerous highlights of the Palatinate. Not less than eight promising ruins and castles are located on or in the immediate vicinity of our route, including the Imperial Castle Trifels and the ruin Madenburg. We also discover imposing sandstone massifs.Stage 10: From Klingenmünster to Bad BergzabernThe shortest stage of the Weinsteig takes us through forests, meadows and vineyards from Klingenmünster via the southern Palatinate resorts of Gleiszellen and Pleisweiler to the lively spa town of Bad Bergzabern, where we can discover the magnificent old town and relax in the Südpfalz Therme ,Stage 11: From Bad Bergzabern to Schweigen-RechtenbachOn the final stage of the Weinsteig we hike through dense forests of Bad Bergzabern over the picturesque village Dörrenbach, also called Sleeping Beauty of the Palatinate, to the southern beginning of the German Wine Route, the German Wine Gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach.