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South Palatinate Cycle Route

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  • Radeln entlang von Streuobstwiesen bei Büchelberg
    / Radeln entlang von Streuobstwiesen bei Büchelberg
    Photo: Jens Weinand, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
  • / Infotafeln entlang des Bienenlehrpfades
    Photo: Südpfalz-Tourismus e.V., Fotograf: Norman P.Krauss
  • / Radeln durch die Südpfalz
    Photo: Christian Ernst, Südpfalz-Tourismus Landkreis Germersheim e.V.
  • / Ladestation Naturfreundehaus
    Photo: Südpfalz Tourismus Kandel e.V.
  • / Naturfreundehaus Bienwald
    Photo: Sabine Bock, Südpfalz Tourismus Kandel e.V.
  • / Klettern in den Baumkronen des Bienwaldes
    Photo: AbenteuerPark Kandel, AbenteuerPark Kandel
  • / Am Plätzel Kandel, Fachwerk und St. Georgskirche
    Photo: Südpfalz Tourismus Kandel e.V.
  • / Schwanenweiher Kandel
    Photo: Südpfalz Tourismus Kandel e.V.
  • / Spaß beim FUSS-GOLF
    Photo: FUSS-GOLF Kandel
  • / Zentrum des öffentlichen Lebens in Herxheim ist der Dorfbrunnen des Künstlers Gernot Rumpf.
    Photo: Malin Frank, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Marienstatue vor der katholischen Pfarrkirche St. Maria Himmelfahrt.
    Photo: Malin Frank, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Wer genau hinschaut, entdeckt Störche in ihrem Nest hoch über den Queichwiesen.
    Photo: Malin Frank, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Weinrebe
    Photo: Südpfalz-Tourismus, Sabath Media
  • / Apfel
    Photo: H.B.C. GbR
  • / Himbeeren
    Photo: H.B.C. GbR
  • / Kirschen
    Photo: H.B.C. GbR
  • / Sirup, Essige & Öle
    Photo: Marktstand Familie Schönung
  • / Weinberge bei Sonnenuntergang
    Photo: Weingut Ellermann-Spiegel
  • / Nudelvariationen
    Photo: Gutting Pfalz Nudel
  • / Kräutergarten Kirrweiler
    Photo: Ortsgemeinde Kirrweiler, CC0, Ortsgemeinde Kirrweiler
  • / Aussicht
  • / Schlössel
    Photo: Ortsgemeinde Kirrweiler, CC0, Ortsgemeinde Kirrweiler
  • / Schlossweiher
    Photo: Ortsgemeinde Kirrweiler, CC0, Ortsgemeinde Kirrweiler
  • / Die Tour führt auch durch den idyllischen Bienwald
    Photo: Jens Weinand, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
m 200 150 100 50 40 30 20 10 km Ferienwohnung Rappengärten Restaurant Nudelholz Schlössel Eiscafé Roma - Villa Wieser Rastplatz Erlenbach Weingut Ellermann-Spiegel Naturschutzgebiet Bienwald Weingut Doppler-Hertel Saubrunnen Kandel
The South Palatinate Cycle Route takes us over the gently undulating landscape of Germany’s largest tobacco-growing region.
Distance 53.6 km
3:45 h
77 m
42 m
The cycle route starts at Scheibenhardt on the Pamina Cycle Route (Lauter Valley) and leads through the Bienwald forest to Kandel, which has a magnificent shopping street. It passes through Hatzenbühl and Hayna in Germany’s largest tobacco-growing region, and continues through the Queichwiesen water meadows in Offenbach – keep an eye out for storks. Shortly after Dreihof golf course, you cross the route of the South Palatinate draisine line. You continue along the “Cattle Line” to Kirrweiler. The route is only slightly hilly and well suited to families with children.

Author’s recommendation

Frisches Obst als kleine Stärkung für unterweges sowie pfälzische Spezialitäten und Wein als Mitbringsel erhalten Sie in den Hofläden entlang der Strecke.
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Jens Weinand
Update: October 04, 2021
Highest point
159 m
Lowest point
115 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Fun Forest Adventure Park Kandel
Hofmarkt Zapf H.B.C. GbR
Koch's Restaurant
Hotel-Restaurant "Zum Riesen"
Gaststätte Gleis 3
Gasthaus Zum Schloddrer
Restaurant Nudelholz
Gutsausschank & Gästehaus Verena Zöller
Eiscafé Roma - Villa Wieser
Waldbistro "Fun For Rest" im AbenteuerPark Kandel

Safety information

Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).

Tips and hints

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

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


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Scheibenhardt (124 m)
48.981310, 8.140260
48°58'52.7"N 8°08'24.9"E
32U 437093 5425734



Turn-by-turn directions

The gently undulating cycle route begins in Scheibenhardt directly on the French border, where you can connect to the scenic Franco-German Pamina Cycle Route (Lauter Valley). Meandering paths take you through the Bienwald forest, which is home to a range of protected flora and fauna, via Büchelberg to Kandel. The town centre with its half-timbered passageways and romantic squares is the perfect place to stop and explore. You might even pick up a bargain in one of the town’s many boutiques.

Continue cycling through woods and fields past Erlenbach to Hayna. The South Palatinate Cycle Route takes you past endless tobacco fields and historic tobacco barns as it wends its way to Herxheim and then continues on the L509 to Offenbach. If luck is on your side, you may spot some magnificent white storks at close quarters! Cycle past the town hall and cross the L542. The route then traverses the Queichwiesen water meadows to the hamlet of Dreihof in Essingen. Take a well-earned break here and treat yourself to a game of golf on the famous South Palatinate greens. The next stop is Bornheim, where you continue along the cycle trail and footpath at the southern edge of the village past the Saubrunnen pig fountain, before crossing the B272 just after Bornheim. From Bornheim via Essingen and Hochstadt, you cycle north-west on an agricultural road past the sports field to Kleinfischlingen and then on to Großfischlingen. Here you have the option of joining the From Rhine to Wine Cycle Route. From the romantic wine-growing village of Venningen, the gently undulating roadside cycle path takes you through the fertile plains of the sparsely wooded Gäu landscape to Kirrweiler.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Mit der Bahn bis nach Berg anschließend am besten mit dem Rad durch Berg und auf dem Radweg an der L545 über Neulauterburg nach Scheibenhardt fahren.l.

Die Fahrradmitnahme in den Regionalbahnen ist begrenzt möglich. Weitere Informationen und der genaue Fahrplan erhalten Sie unter

Weitere Bahnhaltestellen an der Strecke oder in der Nähe befinden sich in Kandel und in Kirrweiler von man mit der Bahn entweder wieder nach Hause oder mit Umsteigen nach Berg zurückfahren kann.

Getting there

 A65 to Kandel-Süd exit, on the B9 to Scheibenhardt


In Scheibenhardt, z.B. in der Hauptstraße, Mühlenweg oder Maxstraße.


48.981310, 8.140260
48°58'52.7"N 8°08'24.9"E
32U 437093 5425734
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Buchtipp um die Südpfalz auch zu Hause zu genießen: 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: 978-3-939427-27-8Der Apfel: ISBN: 978-3-939427-35-3Kraut- 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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53.6 km
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77 m
42 m
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