Three enjoyable stages will take you along the 'Kraut und Rüben' (cabbage and turnips) cycleway through the Sunny Palatinate. Along the way, you will pass colorful fields, wide meadows and picturesque vineyards which stretch in long rows along the cycle path. You will also find many wine taverns and farm cafes en route that invite you to taste regional specialities.
The 'Kraut und Rüben' cycleway connects the House of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim with the German Wine Gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the French border. This Collection will guide you 86 miles (139 km) through the wine-growing area of Palatinate and the Rhine plain. You will pass picturesque vineyards and the region's wonderful expanse of crop, tobacco, cabbage and beet fields. Here, you will experience pure country idyll and get an insight into agriculture as you cycle past many farms. You can also take a break and taste regional Palatinate delicacies in rustic farm shops and cozy cafes. Some of the farms are listed as cycle stations on the 'Kraut und Rüben' cycleway and are therefore especially well-suited to cyclists, you can recognize them by the farm sign with the beet.
You can easily reach the starting point in Bockenheim by regional train from Monsheim or Grünstadt. Along your adventure, you will find overnight accommodation and eating options at the end destination of each stage as well as railway stations nearby. You can also shorten the route if the weather plays up. In Schweigen-Rechtenbach, the final destination, you can join the Deutsche Weinstraße cycle path which you back to the starting point in Bockenheim. If you want to travel home by train, you will find the nearest railway station in the neighboring town of Wissembourg in France.
The first stage of the Kraut-und-Rüben-Radweg begins in Bockenheim at the Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße. The starting point is only a few meters away from the station Bockenheim-Kindenheim, so you can comfortably travel by regional train.After you have rolled out of Bockenheim, you cycle to Grünstadt at the foot of picturesque vineyards. From here, the cycle path leads you past fields of cabbage and turnips and finally back into a sea of grapevines. Through the vineyards it goes up and down easily to Friensheim. Here you have managed almost half of the first leg and can take a well-deserved break. In the medieval winegrowing town you will find numerous wine taverns, restaurants and cafés for a leisurely stop.Behind Friensheim wide fields, lush green meadows, picturesque vineyards along the way and charming little villages await you alternately. So the bike path leads you on largely flat route to Haßloch, the stage destination. Here you have a good selection of accommodation and refreshments as well as connection to the train traffic.
The second stage of the Kraut-und-Rüben-Radweg is mostly flat. So you can enjoy the country idyll on the way from Haßloch to Offenbach at the Queich without much effort.Behind Haßloch you dive right into the beginning of a forest. With the refreshing sound of the leaves in your ears, you will cycle towards Speyerdorf. On the other side of the village you drive surrounded by a sea of grape vines on Duttweiler to Altdorf. After you have crossed the village, the landscape changes: Instead of grapevines now colorful fields and wide meadows accompany you along the way. Every now and then you come through small villages and shady forests, which provide especially on hot summer days for pleasant freshness.If you want to take a break on the way, you have many options: Cozy benches and rest areas invite you to take some relaxing breaks in nature. In the villages you can find refreshments and on the way, because many farms have a farm shop or a courtyard café, where you can make a stopover.Arrived in the stage destination Offenbach at the Queich, you can end the day in Queichtalbad. To lay down your tired head, you have a small selection of places to stay in the place. More choice and a train station can be found in about two kilometers away in Landau in the Palatinate.
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Today, the last stage awaits you on the magnificent herb and beet bike path through the sunny Palatinate. It is also the shortest of the three stages and so you can take a lot of time on the way to enjoy the picturesque landscape and be pampered with regional delicacies in the wine taverns and court cafés.Behind Offenbach an der Quaich colorful fields await you again, spreading like a big patchwork carpet in front of you. From the slightly higher points you can enjoy a beautiful view over the flat landscape to the hills of the Palatinate Forest. You drive through Hexheim and then cycle through two small woods to Kandel. Here you can take a break surrounded by pretty half-timbered houses and stop in one of the cozy cafes or restaurants.Freshly fortified, you then cycle past fields and meadows, farms and villages. Shortly before the destination, you will once again enjoy the grapevines that line the cycle path in long, dead straight rows. So the Palatinate country idyll accompanies you to Schweigen-Rechtenbach, the destination of the tour. Here at the German Wine Gate, the counterpart to the house of the German Wine Route, ends the herb and beet cycle path.If you are in the mood for even more enjoyable cycling in the Palatinate, you can simply drive from here to the bike path German Wine Route back to Bockenheim. Otherwise, you have the opportunity from the approximately 2.5 kilometers away neighboring Wissembourg in France by train to travel home.