Follow our route through Germany's second-largest wine region on picturesque cycle paths that run between the Rhine and the Palatinate Forest. Spend a few unforgettable days enjoying the delightful wayside villages, the picture-postcard wineries and the excellent Palatinate wines.
Follow our route through Germany's second-largest wine region on picturesque cycle paths that run between the Rhine and the Palatinate Forest. Warm welcomes are offered from start to finish, so spend a few unforgettable days enjoying the delightful wayside villages, the picture-postcard wineries and the excellent Palatinate wines.
Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Speyer - Bad Dürkheim - Landau
Each one-day excursion begins near the unofficial capital of German wine, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, close to where the German wine queen is crowned. The countryside that you explore along the way has been shaped by human settlement for more than 2,000 years. The first destination is medieval Speyer with its UNESCO World Heritage cathedral, Jewish baths and Historical Museum of the Palatinate. Next is Bad Dürkheim, where you can marvel at the world's largest wine barrel or, if you visit in September, attend the world's largest wine festival. Other eye-catching stops along the route include the pretty little town of Freinsheim and the old French citadel, Landau.
Flat cycle paths in the Rhine Valley. Gentle hills in the vineyards, which are easy to manage even for less experienced cyclists. The carefully selected route avoids built-up areas and steers clear of busy roads. GPS tracks are available for all sections of the route; on request, a basic GPS device can be included in the package, or you can pay to hire a GPS device with a map function.
Parking in Neustadt
Free public car park
Mannheim train station (InterCityExpress services), regional services to Neustadt an der Weinstrasse , taxi fare to the hotel approx. 15 Euros
Day 1: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse / surrounding region (day of arrival)Hark back to bygone days in medieval Neustadt, the heart of the German Wine Route, visit historic Hambach Castle and stroll around idyllic towns and villages with timber-framed houses.
Day 2: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Bad Dürkheim (approx. 40-60km)
A pleasant day's cycling through vineyards heading for the spa resort of Bad Dürkheim, where the largest wine barrel in the world bears witness to a long tradition of wine-making. Along the way, it's well worth branching off to visit picturesque Freinsheim with its medieval town walls.
Day 3: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Speyer (approx. 30-55km)
Day three sees you following the Speyerbach river on scenic and leisurely paths all the way to the famous town of Speyer (cathedral, Historical Museum of the Palatinate, medieval town centre). It's then back to Neustadt through the tobacco fields around Harthausen or by train if you feel like a rest.
Day 4: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Landau (approx. 55km)
The enchanting Southern Wine Route is where the tour takes you today, including three of its prettiest wine villages: St. Martin, Edenkoben and Kirrweiler. Other highlights are Villa Ludwigshöhe (a former residence of Ludwig I of Bavaria), and the old French citadel, Landau.
Day 5: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse / surrounding region (day of departure)