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  • Radler in der Rheinebene mit Blick auf die Pfälzer Haardt
    / Radler in der Rheinebene mit Blick auf die Pfälzer Haardt
    Photo: Christian Ernst, Südpfalz-Tourismus Landkreis Germersheim e.V.
  • / Das Schloss in Bad Bergzabern war früher von einem Wassergraben umgeben.
    Photo: Malin Frank, System
  • / Mitten in der Altstadt von Bad Bergzabern liegt die Bergkirche.
    Photo: Malin Frank, System
  • / Vom Bismarckturm hat man eine herrliche Aussicht auf Bad Bergzabern.
    Photo: Malin Frank, System
  • / Rebsortenweg Steinweiler
    Photo: Südpfalz Tourismus Kandel e.V.
  • / Römische Brennöfen im Terra Sigillata Musuem
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Tabakrundweg Hatzenbühl
    Photo: Ortsgemeinde Hatzenbühl
  • / Tabakschuppen Hatzenbühl
    Photo: Ortsgemeinde Hatzenbühl
  • / Tabaktrockenschuppen
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Familie im Haus Leben am Strom
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Neupotzer Schlemmerköche auf dem Altrhein
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Gaststätten und Restaurants für jeden Geschmack gibt es auf der "Schlemmermeile" in Neupotz
    Photo: Jens Weinand, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
m 200 150 100 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Weinstube "FassReiwerle" … Bitzel Koch's Restaurant Heimatmuseum Winden Weingut Bitzel Hofschänke Bauernhof Kerth Hoffmann's Hof Weingut Kehrt Rastplatz Erlenbach

This tour leads us through the beautiful landscape of the South Palatinate.

The cycle route is surrounded by vineyards, fruit trees, fields, meadows and the Rheinaue wetlands as it wends its way through romantic villages with historic half-timbered houses. The route runs mainly on surfaced agricultural roads and cycle paths. There are just a few unsurfaced sections, but they are still suitable for cycling. There are train stations or rail halts along the route in Winden, Steinweiler and Rheinzabern.

Distance 36.6 km
2:30 h
21 m
97 m
The cycle route leads from Pleisweiler-Oberhofen on the German Wine Route through idyllic meadows and fields towards Neupotz on the Rhine. It traverses Germany’s largest tobacco-growing region near Hatzenbühl, and gives you an opportunity to visit the Terra Sigillata Museum in Rheinzabern. This very flat cycle route is particularly suitable for families.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at one of Neupotz’s gourmet restaurants.
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Jens Weinand
Update: October 04, 2021
Highest point
194 m
Lowest point
97 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Weinstube "FassReiwerle" im Weingut Bitzel
Landgasthof Goldenes Lamm
Gasthaus zum Karpfen
Restaurant Zur Krone
Restaurant "Zum Lamm"

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

Verbandsgemeinde Jockgrim

Tel. 07271/599-180



Pleisweiler-Oberhofen (177 m)
49.116910, 8.012250
49°07'00.9"N 8°00'44.1"E
32U 427923 5440922



Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts in the picturesque wine-growing village of Pleisweiler-Oberhofen and takes cyclists through vineyards and past the wonderfully fragrant rose garden to Kapellen-Drusweiler. Passing through wide fields and lush meadows, you cycle through the romantic villages of Oberhausen and Barbelroth to Winden. There are plenty of enchanted spots and historic half-timbered houses to stop and explore along the way. The route continues to Steinweiler. In the old town centre, you can experience Palatinate hospitality over a glass of fine wine in one of the beautiful wineries.

Passing alongside vegetable fields, you cycle through the village of Erlenbach and on to the sedate tobacco-growing village of Hatzenbühl. The 2 km circular tobacco trail starts at the parish garden and contains a wealth of information about the annual life cycle of the tobacco plant. The route passes countless historic tobacco drying barns en route to Rheinzabern. It is worth taking a detour to the Roman Terra Sigillata Museum in the centre of town. Embark on an exciting journey through time into the region’s past, and immerse yourself in the everyday culture of the Romans. The modern museum vividly recounts the story of the tabernae settlement, the “Meissen of the ancient world”, and its development into one of the largest terra sigillata factories in the Roman Empire. Detailed replicas of the shiny red terra sigillata tableware give visitors a sense of the food and dining culture of the Romans. The original antique kilns are of particular interest.

Now cycle the last part of the route through the Rheinaue wetlands to Neupotz. Enjoy the unique natural spectacle as primeval landscapes, picturesque tributaries of the Altrhein river and secluded lakes dominate the natural scenery along the Rhine. You are now just a short distance from Neupotz and its street packed with gourmet restaurants. Popular dishes include the native zander, which lives in the waters of the Rhine and is renowned for its tasty meat. It is a culinary delight which can be deep fried or roasted and served with an aromatic Pinot blanc sauce. You can take an interesting trip to the “Haus Leben am Strom”, a centre containing a wealth of information about life on the Rhine and flood protection. Roman history comes to life on board the Roman boat Lusoria Rhenana on Neupotzer Setzfeld lake.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Bad Bergzabern, continue by bus or directly by bike to Pleisweiler-Oberhofen.

Getting there

A65 to the Landau-Süd exit, continue on the B38 via Bad Bergzabern to Pleisweiler-Oberhofen


In Pleisweiler-Oberhofen, z.B. in der Schloßstraße


49.116910, 8.012250
49°07'00.9"N 8°00'44.1"E
32U 427923 5440922
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Buchtipp um die Südpfalz zu Hause zu "schmecken": Aus der Südpfalz-Küche (Knecht Verlag Landau) gibt es drei Ausgaben mit den Themen: Die Tomate, Der Apfel und Kraut-und Rüben

Die Tomate: ISBN: 978-3-939427-27-8
Der Apfel: ISBN: 978-3-939427-35-3
Kraut- und Rüben: ISBN: 978-3939427-414

Author’s map recommendations


Please wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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