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Pfälzer Weinsteig Etappe 01 Bockenheim - Neuleiningen

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  • Das Weindorf Bockenheim
    / Das Weindorf Bockenheim
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Wetzig
  • / Aussicht von der Heiligenkirche
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Aussicht vom Galgenberg
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Blick auf die prähistorischen Wohnhöhlen bei Mertesheim
    Photo: Dr. Peter Dell, Dr. Peter Dell
  • / Heiligenkirche bei Bockenheim
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Dr. Dell
  • / Klosterschaffnei Bockenheim
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Wetzig
  • / Opferstein
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Kauf
  • / Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße Bockenheim
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Wetzig
  • / Heiligenkirche
  • / Weinbergshaus bei Bockenheim
ft 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 10 8 6 4 2 mi Heiligenkirche Der Fliegende Italiener Opferstein Restaurant Akropolis Patriciawingert Parkschenke

The first leg of the Palatinate Wine Route from Bockenheim to the mountain village from the Middle Ages of Neuleiningen passes through the sun-drenched fields of vineyards around Grünstadt. Glorious views to the Rhine plateau and Donnersberg accompany us on the 17 kilometre route that traverses vineyards on grassy paths. The tour’s other highlights are Heiligenkirche, the Asselheim wine hiking hut, the motorbike museum at Quirnheim and the beautiful village of Mertesheim.
17 km
4:48 h
500 m
394 m

Start der Tour ist Bockenheim, dem geografischen Beginn der ältesten Touristikroute Deutschlands. Auf Graswegen laufen Sie leicht ansteigend in Richtung Fahnenberg und erreichen die Heiligenkirche, eine wunderschöne Feldkapelle. Vorbei am Opferstein führt der Weg zum Patriciawingert, wo Sie die Aussicht in die Rheinebene und bis zum Odenwald bei einer Rast an der Panoramabar genießen sollten. Zum Galgenberg muss der erste Anstieg erklommen werden. Danach können Sie sich an der Weinwanderhütte Asselheim für den Anstieg zum Quirnheimer Berg stärken. Es lohnt sich, auch einen Abstecher in das 500 Meter vom Weg entfernte Motorradmuseum Quirnheim zu machen. Der Weg führt nun wieder talwärts in Richtung Mertesheim. Entlang des Eisbachs laufend erreichen Sie schon bald den Grünstadter Stadtpark. Weiter in Richtung Westen wandernd genießen Sie am Grünstadter Berg einen spektakulären Ausblick zum Plutonit des Donnersbergs. Von hier aus ist es nur noch ein kurzes Stück bis Neuleiningen.

Author’s recommendation

  • Ein Picknick an der Panorama Bar am Patricia Wingert
  • Besuch im Motorrad Museum Qirnheim User
Tobias Kauf
Updated: May 22, 2020

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
Gerstenberg, 316 m
Lowest point
Mertesheim, 151 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Restaurant Sonnenberg
Restaurant Akropolis
Der Fliegende Italiener
Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße
Weinwanderhütte Asselheim

Safety information

In particular in the autumn, please note that leaves on the ground may hide unevenness, roots, stones or holes on the path. Such obstacles must be expected when hiking. If you think that certain sections are not feasible, please avoid them. In particular if the weather is not good, natural paths can become muddy and slippery in places.

Tips, hints and links

Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße
Heiligenkirche Bockenheim

Weinwanderhütte Asselheim

Motorradmuseum Quirnheim

Parkschenke Grünstadt

Unterkünfte am Pfälzer Weinsteig



House of the German Wine Route (158 m)
49.609603, 8.181185
49°36'34.6"N 8°10'52.3"E
32U 440844 5495548


Neuleiningen bus stop

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the architecturally striking House of the German Wine Route, the geographical start of the oldest tourist route in Germany. You quickly leave the built-up area behind and dip into the sunny sea of Palatinate vineyards. Via sunny grass paths, the route rises gently towards Fahrenberg and reaches Heiligenkirche, a beautiful hermitage under a shady forest grove. Once you have passed the sacrificial stone (Opferstein), the route goes to Patriciawingert where you can enjoy a view of the Rhine plateau and

on to Odenwald for a short break at the panorama bar. Continuing through the vineyards, the route rises steeply towards Galgenberg for a short time. At Wolfskehl we reach a small high-level plateau and briefly hike through the open fields. The route quickly branches off down the slope to the Asselheim wine hiking hut (opening times via the link below). Once you've gained your second wind, it’s now uphill to Gerstenberg, with a fantastic view of Donnersberg. The refined plutonite appears to only be a stone's throw away. If the weather is favourable you can watch the soundless gliders take off and land or perhaps make a 500 metre detour off route to the Quirnheim motorbike museum (opening times via the link below). The route now goes downhill again towards Mertesheim. During the descent, we enjoy a view of the fields and vineyards on the opposite slope. If you look closely you can see the remains of a cable car to the right that was used to transport iron ore to Mertesheim station in the past. In the beautifully decorated centre of Mertesheim there are rail links, shopping and accommodation options. Leaving the town to the east, we follow the Eisbach stream and reach the shady Grünstadt Town Park where you can also take a break (opening times below). Further towards the west we leave the Town Park and enjoy another spectacular view of Donnersberg from Grünstadter Berg. Further towards the south through the vineyards, after a short time we reach the mountain village of Neuleiningen where you can also pause or stay overnight.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train or bus to Bockenheim station

Getting there

Via the A6 and B271 to Bockenheim.

Sat nav: Weinstraße 91b 67278 Bockenheim an der Weinstraße


Large, free car park opposite the

House of the German Wine Route


49.609603, 8.181185
49°36'34.6"N 8°10'52.3"E
32U 440844 5495548
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Bergverlag : Die Pfälzer Weitwanderwege Pfälzer Höhenweg, Pfälzer Waldpfad, Pfälzer Weinsteig. In 30 Tagen durch die Pfalz (Autor: Jürgen Plogmann). 140 Seiten mit 60 Farbabbildungen, 30 Höhenprofile, 30 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, eine Übersichtskarte. ISBN 978-3-7633-4401-7 Conrad-Stein-Verlag: Pfälzer Weinsteig (Autorin: Anne Bärbel Engelhart). 192 Seiten mit 17 Karten, 61 Farbabblidungen und 10 Höhenprofilen. ISBN 978-3-86686-380-4

Author’s map recommendations

  • Public Press Wanderkarte Pfälzer Weinsteig im Maßstab 1:25.000, deutsch, Leporello Falzung mit 17 Teilkarten, GPS-genau, elf redaktionelle Seiten mit Ausflugszielen und Einkehrtipps. Weitere Hauptwanderwege enthalten. ISBN 978-3-89920-677-7, Preis: 11,99€. Direkt hier bestellen.
  • Wanderkarte Pfälzerwald 4, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5


Sturdy shoes, clothes suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, enough food and drink as in some places there are no places to take a break or buy items

or these may be closed. Although the route is well signposted throughout, for safety reasons you should always have a suitable hiking map with you.

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17 km
500 m
394 m
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