The German Wine Route Cycle Trail runs parallel to the German Wine Route, taking in historical towns, vineyards and castles. Travelling through Germany's second largest wine-growing area by bike is the ideal way to experience the Palatinate way of life. The famous wine town of Deidesheim offers Riesling and pinot noir accompanied by the new contemporary cuisine that is taking the town's gourmet restaurants by storm. From here the route leads south towards the French border, through a landscape reminiscent of Tuscany with its gentle vine-clad hills and pretty villages. Neustadt with its magnificent historical centre, winding lanes and numerous taverns makes for an ideal place to stop off for a while.
The German Wine Route Cycle Trail is not a race track though, it's much too beautiful for that. In spring, for example, almond blossoms cover the landscape with dashes of pink. From mid-April onwards all the fruit trees are in full bloom, and in the summer the trees are heavy with figs, kiwis and lemons. Autumn is the time for harvesting grapes and also sweet chestnuts. A pure delight!
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At almost 100 km in length, this route explores Germany’s largest wine-growing region and showcases the most scenic features of the sun-kissed Palatinate. The cycle route runs the entire length of the western edge of the Rhine Plain and crosses a multitude of stream valleys emanating from the Palatinate Forest. This results in constant undulation, with some short and steep peaks. The region’s countless wine-growing estates give cyclists a warm welcome.
Bockenheim an der Weinstraße
DestinationSchweigen-Rechtenbach am deutschen Weintor
From the starting point, the House of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim, the cycle route leads south through Grünstadt to Kirchheim. From there, you follow the main route via Freinsheim, or alternatively take the more demanding panoramic route via Kleinkarlbach and Weisenheim am Berg to the wine and spa resort of Bad Dürkheim. From here, the cycle route passes through the pretty wine villages of Wachenheim, Forst and Deidesheim to Neustadt an der Weinstraße. It is worth visiting the historic old town and taking a detour to Hambach Castle, known as the birthplace of German democracy. In the shadow of Hambach Castle, the route continues to Maikammer. For experienced cyclists, it is worth taking a detour via the panoramic route to St. Martin. The main route continues further to the south via Edenkoben and Rhodt under Rietburg, known for its famous Theresienstraße. From Rhodt you can take another detour along the panoramic route to Weyher.
The main route continues through the tranquil wine-growing communities of Hainfeld, Burrweiler, Gleisweiler, Frankweiler, Siebeldingen and Birkweiler. Surrounded by castles, the route heads south via Leinsweiler, Eschbach and Klingenmünster to the spa town of Bad Bergzabern. From there, it is only a short hop through the village of Dörrenbach, the Sleeping Beauty of the Palatinate, to the German Wine Gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the border with Alsace.
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