The 170 kilometres long Palatine Wine Trail (also known as Pfälzer Weinsteig) follows picturesque paths through pleasant forest and sun-drenched fields to the Rebenmeer, which is one of the largest wine-growing areas in the Palatinate. The trail comprises of isolated paths winding their way through enchanting forests and purple vineyards.
The first (northern) stage of the Palatine Wine Trail starts in Bockenheim with splendid views to the Rhine plateau, through the pretty, 750-year-old town of Neuleiningen, passing vineyards and castles and idyllic streams. Climb the 673m high Kalmit, visit St Anna Chapel, the picturesque town of St. Martin and the Hilschweiher lake to reach the village of Burrweiler.
Whether it is the oldest wine in the world, the largest barrel, or the first Wine Route, everything has been revolving around wine here for thousands of years. So, with a glass of Riesling, Grauburgunder, or Portugieser rosé in hand, all you need to say is Zum Wohl!
If you wish to walk the complete trail, you can extend this tour with our Palatine Wine Trail South: Burrweiler to Schweigen itinerary.
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Day 1: Arrival Bockenheim
Individual arrival in Bockenheim, also known as Bockenheim an der Weinstraße (on the Wine Route), an old winegrowing centre in which the craft has been practised for more than 1200 years. Visit the tower at Romanesque Saint Martin’s Church (Martinskirche).
- Overnight in Bockenheim
Day 2: Bockenheim to Neuleiningen | 17 km
The first leg of the Palatine Wine Trail from Bockenheim to the mountain village from the Middle Ages of Neuleiningen passes through the sun-drenched fields of vineyards around Grünstadt. Magnificent views to the Rhine plateau and Donnersberg will accompany you on the 17-kilometre route that traverses vineyards on grassy paths. Today’s other highlights are Heiligenkirche, the Asselheim wine hiking hut, the motorbike museum at Quirnheim and the beautiful village of Mertesheim.
- Overnight in Neuleiningen
- Walking for the day: 5 hours, 17 km, ↑500 m ↓394 m
Day 3: Neuleiningen to Bad Dürkheim | 17.6 km
The second stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig trail starts from the pretty, 750-year-old town of Neuleiningen, with its vineyards and castle, to the spa town of Bad Dürkheim. Along this interesting trail, you can discover a Germanic ritual site and a Celtic ring fort as well as the highest Bismarck Tower in the Palatinate.
- Overnight in Bad Dürkheim
- Walking for the day: 5 hours, 17.6 km, ↑323 m ↓453 m
Day 4: Bad Dürkheim to Deidesheim | 15 km
After breakfast, the trail leads you from the picturesque Römerplatz square in Bad Dürkheim through the Poppen and Burg Valleys to the ruins of Wachten Castle, with its amazing views. Pass the Heidenlöcher (Heathen Holes) castle ruins and descend to the small town of Deidesheim, one of the jewels of the German Wine Route.
- Overnight in Deidesheim
- Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 15 km, ↑500 m ↓511 m
Day 5: Deidesheim to Neustadt an der Weinstrasse | 19.8 km
Begin the fourth stage of the trail in the picturesque historical town centre of Deidesheim before hiking through vineyards, the Palatinate Forest and along idyllic streams up to the summit of the Weinbiet. A descent with plenty of interesting views brings you down to Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The village is one of the largest wine-producing communities in Germany.
- Overnight in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
- Walking for the day: 6 hours, 19.8 km, ↑639 m ↓611 m
Day 6: Neustadt an der Weinstrasse to St. Martin | 20 km
Prepare yourself for the longest stage of the Weinsteig trail. Along the way, you will discover many interesting natural monuments like the Zigeunerfelsen rock, the Hohe Loog mountain and the impressive block field. Climb the 673 m high Kalmit, the highest peak in the Palatinate Forest.
- Overnight in St. Martin
- Walking for the day: 6-7 hours, 20 km, ↑786 m ↓700 m
Day 7: St. Martin to Burrweiler | 16.8 km
Leave the picturesque town of St. Martin behind to walk the trails along the edge of the Haardt Hills to Burrweiler. Some of the highlights along the way include the idyllically situated Hilschweiher lake, Villa Ludwigshöhe, the Virgin Mary grotto and the great views from St Anna Chapel and St Anna House.
- Overnight in Burrweiler
- Walking for the day: 5 hours, 16.8 km, ↑669 m ↓656 m
Day 8: Departure
Return home, individual stay extension or continue the adventure with our Palatine Wine Trail South: Burrweiler to Schweigen tour.
What to Expect
Accommodation is in a mix of charming hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs; all rooms are private en-suite. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Accommodation is on a bed & breakfast basis. Picnic lunches are optional at an additional charge and can be pre-ordered locally. You can have dinner at your hotel or at the restaurants in the villages/towns.
Difficulty & terrain
Asphalt is largely avoided, you will walk mostly on forest, meadow and vineyard paths. The walking sections require good fitness level as you will be walking up to 6 hours, although the area is rather flat (read more about difficulty grades). The trail is very well way-marked by a yellow sign with a stylized bunch of ten grapes and the name of the route. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.
When to go
This trip is available on Sundays between mid-March and end-November. Departures on other days of the week available upon request.
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Recommended airport: Frankfurt Airport.
By train or bus
- By car: Bockenheim is less than an hour drive from Frankfurt Airport. Parking available at the hotel, subject to availability and payable on the spot. On departure, take a bus or taxi to Edenkoben (9 km) and then the train back to Bockenheim via Neustadt and Gruenstadt (approx. 3h 10min).
- By rail: From the airport, take the train via Mainz, Worms and Monsheim (approx. 2.5 h). On departure bus or taxi to Edenkoben (9 km) and then hop on the train to Frankfurt airport via Neustadt and Mannheim (approx. 2 h). For more information and tickets, visit PalatinaBus, Die Länderbahn and DB.
- 8 overnight stays (en-suite) with breakfast in hotels, guesthouses or B&Bs
- Luggage transfer on all walking days (one piece of luggage per person, 20 kg)
- Detailed route notes (1 x per room)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras & supplements
- Single room supplement for members of a group
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights available upon request