Discover cycling country rich in variety and charm along the German Wine Route and the Rhine, one of the most spectacular rivers in Europe. Our cycle tour begins in the heart of the German Wine Route and sends you down to its southern reaches near the border with Alsace in France. The Rhineland Plain then provides a variety of backdrops as you continue through glorious woodland and sprawling tobacco fields and along the remnants of the old Rhine. Moving onto the Rheinhessen and Palatinate wine regions, there are plenty of places to enjoy a glass or two of wine in the vineyard where it was made.
Additional night at Speyer:
Basic price p.p. in a double room: 49.00 Euros
Supplement p.p. for a single room: 22.00 Euros
Cultural heritage sites
As you make your way through a region that has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, you can look forward to seeing some of Germany‘s finest historical attractions, from the cathedrals in Speyer and Worms to Schwetzingen Palace with its magnificent park. Before your tour ends in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse – the wine capital of Germany and the venue for the coronation of the wine queen – the route features a number of places that bear witness to the long and fascinating history of Jewish people in the region.
Flat cycle paths in the Rhine Valley. Gentle hills in the vineyards around Neustadt
an der Weinstrasse – easily negotiable even for less-experienced cyclists. Alternative routes are available to avoid especially steep sections for people cycling purely for leisure.
Parking in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse / surrounding region:
Hotel car parks, some of which must be reserved in advance
Free or € 7.00 per day depending on your hote.
Mannheim train station (InterCityExpress services), regional services to Neustadt an der Weinstrass
6-day tour: 6 days / 5 nights – approx. 155km
Day 1: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Day of arrival
Day 2: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Bad Bergzabern – Approx. 45 - 50km
Day 3: Bad Bergzabern - Germersheim – Approx. 50km
Day 4: Germersheim - Speyer – Approx. 25km
Day 5: Speyer - Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Approx. 30km
Day 6: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse – Day of departure
Day 1: In and around Neustadt an der Weinstrasse – Day of arrival
Neustadt, whose an der Weinstrasse suffix literally means „on the wine route“, is the unofficial capital of German wine. A great place to soak up the culture in Germany‘s second-largest wine region, this medieval town on the fringes of the Palatinate Forest is where the German wine queen is crowned.
Day 2: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Bad Bergzabern – approx. 45 - 50km
You begin by following the route through pretty little winegrowing villages to the former fortress town of Landau. Here, you visit the medieval mercantile house on Rathausplatz square and enjoy views of the Rhine Valley from Landeck Castle. The baroque palace, the historical tavern „Engel“ and the Westwall War Museum are other attractions along the way.
Day 3: Bad Bergzabern - Germersheim – approx. 50km
It‘s well worth taking a detour south to Schweigen to see the gate that marks the end of the wine route. The routes through the vineyards hug wide expanses of forest on their way to the Rhine. Attractions in Jockgrim include traditional Alsace architecture, a portable globe house and the brickworks museum. The final stop of the day is the fortified town of Germersheim.
Day 4: Germersheim - Speyer – approx. 25km
Day four takes you to beautiful Speyer along stretches of the old Rhine. Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the signature attraction of the beautifully preserved town centre. Between the episcopal residence and the Old Gate, Speyer has retained much of its medieval charm, with the Jewish baths and the Old Mint two prime examples. The beer gardens on the Rhine terraces are the best places to wrap up the day.
Day 5: Speyer - Worms – approx. 60km
From the Rhine you head to Schwetzingen, whose palace – a summer residence of the Palatinate Electors – boasts one of the finest parks of the 17th/18th century. Next stop is the old Roman town of Ladenburg with its charming medieval architecture. You then continue across the Rhineland Plain to Worms, a former centre of imperial power, to see its 12th-century cathedral, statue of Martin Luther and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe.
Day 6: Worms -Bad Dürkheim – approx. 50 km
A day that shows the northern wine route at its best, from Neuleiningen and Freinsheim with their wonderfully preserved medieval buildings – many of which house wine cellars – to the spa resort of Bad Dürkheim with its giant wine barrel, salt evaporation works and the casino in a former stately home.
Day 7: Bad Dürkheim- Neustadt an der Weinstrasse – approx. 25 km
The final leg of the tour stops at the historical wine villages of Wachenheim and Deidesheim, where huge, neatly kept vineyards dominate the views. The medieval town hall in Deidesheim is home to a wonderful little museum devoted to winegrowing. From Wachtenburg Castle, the „balcony of the Palatinate“, you make your way back to Neustadt an der Weinstrasse.
Day 8: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse / surrounding region