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Queich Valley Cycleway

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From the source of the Queich river near Hauenstein, this cycle route takes us past a variety of interesting museums to Germersheim.
Distance 58.3 km
4:00 h
2 m
175 m
271 m
96 m
The predominantly flat cycleway follows the course of the Queich from its source at Hauenstein to its confluence with the Rhine at Germersheim.

Author’s recommendation

There are plenty of museums to explore along the way, including the German Shoe Museum in Hauenstein, the Museum unterm Trifels in Annweiler, the Landauer Stadtarchiv archive and the fortress museum in Germersheim. You also have the option of taking a traditional boat ride on the Old Rhine.
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Jens Weinand
Update: January 26, 2023
Highest point
271 m
Lowest point
96 m
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Rest stops

Landgasthof-Hotel "Zum Ochsen"
Hotel Am Hirschhorn
Zur alten Gerberei
Ristorante da Angelo
Pension Escher Appart
Klettererhütte am Asselstein
Zum alten Kurhaus
Wirtshaus im Fronhof
Gasthaus/Weinstube "Zum Hirsch"
Bioland-Weingut Gebr. Nägle
Zur Wappenschmiede
E-Bike Ladestation Waldhaus Knittelsheimer Mühle
Stadtgarten Restaurant
Café zum Elefanten

Safety information

Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).

Tips and hints

Feedback, errors or omissions? Contact us by email: (responsible for infrastructure and route description).

Südliche Weinstrasse e.V.
Tel: 0 63 41 / 94 04 07

Südpfalz-Tourismus e.V.
Tel: 0 72 74 / 53 300

Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
Tel: 0 63 31 / 80 91 26



Quelle der Queich bei Hauenstein (271 m)
49.168396, 7.847062
49°10'06.2"N 7°50'49.4"E
32U 415956 5446815
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Turn-by-turn directions

The varied route follows the course of the Queich from its source at Hauenstein to its confluence with the Rhine. From Hauenstein, the designated cycle path heads downhill through the idyllic Queich valley and into Wilgartswiesen en route to Rinnthal. Here you cycle a short distance along a country road before returning to a designated cycle path via Sarnstall to Annweiler. Here, the path runs right through the historic old town of this extremely picturesque little settlement. You can explore the impressive castle that was one of Emperor Barbarossa’s favourites. Trifels Castle, the most distinguished imperial stronghold of the Staufer era, stands high above Annweiler and became famous as the site where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in the Middle Ages. You then cycle alongside the old B10 on a designated cycle path to Queichhambach, followed by a section on the country road to Albersweiler, before rejoining a cycle path to the pretty wine village of Siebeldingen. From here, the route remains alongside the Queich as it passes through Godramstein on the way to Landau. Traversing the centre of the bustling shopping and university town, the route continues to La Ola water park, the Southern Palatinate’s ultimate wellness destination. With a refreshing wave pool, a warm thermal pool and Turkish hammam, the water park is the ideal place to take a break and recharge your batteries. The route then continues through Offenbach and Neumühle to the Ottersheimer Teilungswehr weir. With a bit of luck, you may spot some magnificent storks in the meadows around the Queich. Take a right here and follow the forest track. After 400 metres, turn left at the next fork onto the forest nature trail. Continue on the forest nature trail along the Spiegelbach river to Knittelsheimer Mühle forest lodge. The quaint guest house is the perfect spot for hungry cyclists to sample regional delicacies in the pleasant beer garden. After a good rest, you continue in the direction of Bellheim, cross the national road and cycle along the northern outskirts of Bellheim as far as the playground at Schützenhaus restaurant. Turn left here and follow the path for approx. 800 metres north to the edge of the forest. After another 500 metres, turn right and follow the path to the country road. Here, you can fit in a detour to Holzmühle in the north, where you can visit the local café or take a look at an interesting private exhibition. If you opt to omit the detour, continue south along the edge of the forest for a short distance and then head left to the town of Germersheim am Rhein in the east. On the way, take the underpass under the B9 and then turn right. Immediately afterwards, turn left at the entrance to the Südpfalz-Kaserne barracks and pass the large car park and the barracks itself. Follow the cycle path straight ahead until you reach a roundabout. Continue straight ahead on the cycle path until the next roundabout. At the second roundabout, continue on the cycle path but cross to the other side of the road at the grocery shop (Serpa Markt) and continue straight over the roundabout. Pass the German Red Cross and continue straight ahead, straight over the third roundabout into Josef-Probst-Straße. Follow the road and turn right onto Richthofenstraße, then turn left into An der Stengelkaserne and continue straight ahead. Turn left into Klosterstraße, following this street until you come to Ludwigsring, where you turn right into Zeughausstraße. Here you pass the Deutsches Straßenmuseum, Germany’s only museum devoted to the history of roads and road engineering. This street becomes Rudolf-von-Habsburgstraße. You then come to a roundabout where you take the second exit to reach the underpass leading under the S-Bahn station. Continue straight on past Rhenania restaurant into Werftstrasse and turn right to reach the end of the tour by passing under the bridge over the Rhine on the B35 into Alte Schiffsbrückenstraße.

It is worth spending some time exploring Germersheim. Take a guided tour through the historic fortifications, underground passageways and park-like parade grounds, and discover the unique appeal of this extraordinary town. Or enjoy a magical trip on an electric boat through the primeval Rheinaue wetlands.


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Public transport

By train to Hauenstein

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Getting there

A65 to the Landau-Nord exit, continue on the B10 to Hauenstein


Parking on the outskirts of Hauenstein


49.168396, 7.847062
49°10'06.2"N 7°50'49.4"E
32U 415956 5446815
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Please wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.

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Ansgar Lösch
July 12, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöner entspannter Radweg mit wechselnden Landschftsarten
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When did you do this route? May 19, 2022
Tobias Kauf 
March 06, 2018 · Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.

Umleitung Queichtal-Radweg in Annweiler vorauss. bis Juli 2018

Aufgrund einer Brückensanierung ist in Annweiler der Queichtal-Radweg im Bereich Wassergasse von der Hauptstraße bis zum Meßplatz gesperrt (150 m). Die Streckenumleitung erfolgt über die Straße "Im Zwinger" (150 m).

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Umleitung Queichtal-Radweg Annweiler
Photo: Tobias Kauf, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Helmut Eirich
May 10, 2017 · Community
Der Start ist etwas holperig: die Strecke von der Quelle bis Landau wenig attraktiv. Im Tal der B10 (helmpflicht, da die Gurtgeräusche die LKW'S gerade mal ausgleichen, die Streckenführung in Annweiler nicht zu empfehlen: Ortsausgang direkt ansteuern, der Umweg über die Siedlung am Hang ist unattraktiv und hat einige Steigungen). Aber ab Landau: durch herrliche Wiesen, unter hohen Bäumen, mal lichter luftiger Wald, mal dichter düster Wald. Herrliche Buchen, mächtige Eichen, aber auch mal Fichten und Kiefern, ein richter Mischwald. Und dann und wann die Queich, mal längsseits mal drüberweg. Im Mai: Wolken von Maiglöckchenduft, auch mal verspäteter Bärlauch! Vor Germersheim rechter Hand noch eine mächtige Eiche. Zum Rhein kann man fahren, wenn man will. Aber zur Mündung der Queich geht es nochmal ein Stück nach Norden durch wenig attraktive Industriebrache und dann muss man auch noch suchen. FAZIT: wer also keinen Ehrgeiz hat, von Quelle zur Mündung zu fahren, dem kann ich das Mittelstück ab Landau nur wärmsten empfehlen.
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58.3 km
4:00 h
2 m
175 m
Highest point
271 m
Lowest point
96 m
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