The Palatinate Wine Trail shows the region at its best, with ambling paths guiding walkers on a mixture of enchanting woodland walks and sun-drenched stretches through a sea of vines.
The Palatinate Wine Trail is characterised by steep climbs through the chestnut trees and pine forests of the Haardt hills, narrow paths and sweeping views across the Rhineland Plain. The route starts at the northern edge of the Haardt hills in the narrow medieval lanes of Neuleiningen. On its way through Bad Dürkheim, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Annweiler am Trifels and Bad Bergzabern, the trail leads to many charming little winegrowing villages. There are plenty of excellent vineyards happy to uncork a bottle right there on the wine estate, where a drop of the region’s wine tastes its absolute best! With many castle ruins, as well as Hambach Castle, Villa Ludwigshöhe and Kalmit hill (673m), there are lots of opportunities to enjoy magnificent views across the vineyards and out to the Rhineland Plain. The wine trail ends where it meets the ‘Waldpfad’ woodland trail in Schweigen, so walkers with any energy to spare can carry straight on.
Tip: ruins of Neuscharfeneck Castle, Dernbach
Built in the 13th century by Karl-Friedrich I, this now ruined castle is the third largest in the region, with a wall 58 metres long, twelve metres thick and reaching a height of 20 metres in places. The castle, destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War, makes a fascinating place to visit.
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