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.
You will walk the southern section of the trail from Burrweiler to Gräfenhausen, the most westerly wine-producing community in the Palatinate, over the summit of the Großer Adelberg mountain, passing the majestic Trifels Castle, through woods, meadows and vineyards, some lively spa towns and thermal springs to reach the German Wine Gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach.
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 do first our Palatine Wine Trail Noth: Bockenheim to Burrweiler and then continue with the present itinerary.
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*This map is only for general reference; detailed route maps will be provided in your pre-departure package.
Day 1: Arrival Burrweiler/Edenkoben
Arrive in Burrweiler in the Südliche Weinstraße district of the Rhineland-Palatinate.
- Overnight in Burrweiler/Edenkoben
Day 2: Burrweiler to Dernbach | 17.3 km
Have a lovely breakfast and start your hike from Burrweiler. The Orensberg summit plateau, whose highest point is protected by railings, offers a good all-round view of the Palatine Forest and the Upper Rhine Plain to the south. The surrounding area is rich in castles and castle ruins.
- Overnight in Dernbach
- Walking for the day: 5-6 hours, 17.3 km, ↑585 m ↓639 m
Day 3: Dernbach to Annweiler am Trifels | 14.4 km
Today’s walk starts in Dernbach through woods and meadows to Eußerthal and onwards to Gräfenhausen, the most westerly wine-producing community in the Palatinate. The trail continues over the summit of the Großer Adelberg mountain, past the Krappenfels viewing point and down to the town of Annweiler, which lies at the foot of the majestic Trifels Castle.
- Overnight in Annweiler am Trifels
- Walking for the day: 5 hours, 14.4 km, ↑603 m ↓631 m
Day 4: Annweiler am Trifels to Klingenmünster | 17.4 km
Today eight picturesque ruins and castles line the route of your hike, among them are the Trifels Castle and the ruins of Madenburg Castle. Trifels Castle has been gradually restored since the 19th century and today replicas of the Imperial Regalia (Reichskleinodien) of the Holy Roman Empire are on display here. It is, together with Hambach Castle, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
- Overnight in Klingenmünster
- Walking for the day: 5-6 hours, 17.4 km, ↑686 m ↓699 m
Day 5: Klingenmünster to Bad Bergzabern | 13 km
The shortest stage of the Weinsteig trail brings you through woods, meadows and vineyards from Klingenmünster via the South Palatinate holiday destinations of Gleiszellen and Pleisweiler to the lively spa town of Bad Bergzabern. Discover the historical town centre and the splendid castle, and relax in the South Palatinate thermal springs.
- Overnight in Bad Bergzabern
- Walking for the day: 4 hours, 13 km, ↑329 m ↓342 m
Day 6: Bad Bergzabern to Schweigen-Rechtenbach | 15.8 km
You almost made it! The final leg of the Weinsteig trail takes you through thick forests from Bad Bergzabern past the picturesque village of Dörrenbach, also known as the Sleeping Beauty of the Palatinate, to the southern point of the Wine Route – the German Wine Gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach.
- Overnight in Schweigen
- Walking for the day: 5 hours, 15.8 km, ↑523 m ↓472 m
Day 7: Departure
Return home or individual stay extension.
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 full 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. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
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: Stuttgart Airport.
By train or bus
- By car: Burrweiler is less than an hour and a half drive from Stuttgart Airport. Parking available at the hotel, subject to availability and payable on the spot. On departure, take a bus or taxi to Wissembourg (5 min) and then the train to Landau (30 min) and bus or taxi to Burrweiler (10 km/20 min).
- By rail: From the airport, take the train via Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) Karlsruhe to Landau (approx. 3h 25m). On departure bus or taxi to Wissembourg (5 min) and then hop on the train to Stuttgart via Winden and Karlsruhe (approx. 3h 11m). For more information and tickets, visit Deutsche Bahn.
- 6 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