The German Wine Route cycle path cuts straight through a breathtaking landscape. You'll encounter picturesque vineyards extending to the green hills of the Palatinate Forest, quaint wine-growing villages with authentic wine bars and pretty castles and palaces enthroned on lofty hills. Over 95 kilometers (60 miles), this well-built cycle path leads you through the sun-drenched Palatinate.
Between the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine plain, the German Wine Route cycle path winds alongside the French border. The starting point is in Bockenheim at the House of the German Wine Route, which you can easily reach by train from any major German city. Then, over three stages, you'll cycle from there through Germany's largest wine-growing region to Rechtenbach, where the German Wine Gate marks the southern beginning of the Wine Route. From there it is a stone's throw to Wissembourg in France, from where you can take the train back.
While riding the German Wine Route cycle path, the landscape is not the only thing to look forward to. You'll find awesome infrastructure, a beautifully asphalted bike path, and stage destinations that are all well-connected to the German train network should you want to make the ride a little shorter. Accommodation options are also in abundance, meaning you'll always find a place to lay your weary head after a say in the saddle, as well as innumerable restaurants offering beautiful regional fare locally sourced wines.
In Bockenheim, the cycle route German Wine Route, which leads through the largest Riesling growing area in Germany, starts. The best way to get there is by train. From the station Bockenheim-Kindenheim you cycle to the starting point of the bike tour, the house of the German Wine Route, which is only 100 meters away. In the house, which marks not only the beginning of the bike path, but the wine road itself, there is also a restaurant. So if you want, you can strengthen yourself here before you set off.39 kilometers are on this first leg from Brockenheim to Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Along the way you will find picturesque vineyards, the foothills of the Palatinate Forest and quaint wine villages. A moderate ups and downs is also part of the tour, as are the long rows of grapevines that stretch alongside the road to the horizon.From Brockenheim the bike path runs south. On your left, the Rhine plain extends and on your right begins the Palatinate Forest, whose foothills you will come closer during the tour. The route leads over Grünstadt and Freinsheim to Bad Dürkheim. Each of these places is due to the many wine taverns ideal for resting and tasting the noble Palatinate wines. From Bad Dürkheim you cycle further south, through picturesque vineyards, from which you have a beautiful view. Shortly before the stage destination Neustadt an der Weinstraße, the cycle path leads right on the edge of the Palatinate Forest, which is why it is also a bit uphill. After the climb, the reward comes in the form of a wonderful view and the rapid descent to Neustadt an der Weinstraße.In the stage destination, you can end the day with a leisurely stroll in the charming old town, where countless restaurants invite you to stop off and taste the good Palatinate cuisine.
The second stage on the cycle route German Wine Route takes you on 23 enjoyable kilometers from Neustadt an der Weinstraße to Siebeldingen. Even today, you have enough opportunities to rest along the route and stop off in the wine taverns to enjoy the fine wines of the Palatinate. Another highlight of the second stage is the beautiful landscape through which you cycle.It starts in Neustadt on the wine route to the south and into the beautiful vineyards. Well paved roads lead you through the hills, which lie above the Rhine plain and so are ideal for viticulture. As you pedal through the vines, you can enjoy the great view of the Palatinate Forest, which provides the spectacular background scenery of the picturesque landscape.Halfway you reach Rhodt under the Rietburg. The small winemaker's place is great for resting, because he enchanted not only with quaint streets and pretty wine-sprinkled houses, but also with countless ostrich farms, where you can enjoy the wine of the local farmers.As in the first stage, even today towards the end of a moderate slope waiting for you, which ends in a pleasant descent into the stage goal Siebeldingen. In the winegrowing village, there are several wineries that provide you in the evening with good Palatinate cuisine and of course the one or other drop of wine.
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From Siebeldingen, the last stage of the bike path winds its way for 32 kilometers to the southern end of the wine route to Rechtenbach in the South Palatinate. From there it is only a stone's throw across the border to France and Wissembourg, the destination of the bike ride.Today's stage is probably the hottest of the entire cycle tour on the German Wine Route. The continuous, moderate up and down takes you through the most beautiful vineyards in the region with wonderful views of the Palatinate Forest. With especially good foresight, you can even look up to Karlsruhe and the Black Forest from some heights.To rest you have today again a large selection, because the route takes you through many small winegrowing villages, where you can find nice wine bars to stop. For example, half way, where you come through the picturesque wine route of Gleiszellen. Lined with pretty half-timbered houses, this alley presents itself as in a picture book. A place where you just want to stay and where you can rest comfortably thanks to the many restaurants.Through the vineyards of the Südpfalz on the edge of the Palatinate Forest, the bike path finally brings you to Rechtenbach to the German Wine Gate, which is the counterpart to the house of the German Wine Route, which marks the northern start of the wine route. Here in the south, the beginning of the wine route is marked by the gate. At the building, you can review the beautiful tour on the bike path German Wine Route through the sunny Palatinate, before you cycle to nearby Wissembourg to France, from where you can take the train back home.