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Hiwweltour Westerberg

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The Selz River, meadows, wine, Westerhaus Castle and historic sunken paths - the Hiwweltour Westerberg in Rheinhessen is a scenically varied hike that seamlessly combines nature, culture, history and wine.

Distance 11.7 km
3:00 h
148 m
148 m
243 m
96 m

The Hiwweltour Westerberg leads both at ground level through the Selz valley and up to the Westerberg and thus impresses with great scenic variety as well as with great views of the Rhine-Hessian towns of Ingelheim, Großwinternheim and Schwabenheim. Highlights of the hike are the imposing Westerhaus Castle - traditional winery and stud farm on the Westerberg - as well as the historic and rare sunken paths near Ingelheim.

Author’s recommendation

Wine tasting & shopping at the Westerhaus Castle Winery.

Always Saturdays from 11:00 - 16:00.

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Daniel Schmidt
Update: January 20, 2023
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
243 m
Lowest point
96 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 14.64%Forested/wild trail 82.77%Path 2.57%
Dirt road
1.7 km
Forested/wild trail
9.7 km
0.3 km
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Rest stops

Landrestaurant Eulenschänke
(W)Ein-Päuschen im Weingut Schuck
Zum alten Weinkeller
Landgasthof Engel

Safety information

Please stay on the marked trails. Have fun hiking! :)

Tips and hints

Rheinhessen-Touristik GmbH

Kreuzhof 1 55268 Nieder-Olm

Tel.: (06136) 92398-0

Fax: (06136) 92398-79

E-Mail: info(at)



Ingelheim/Großwinternheim - parking lot at the sports field (access road) (99 m)
49.941139, 8.073918
49°56'28.1"N 8°04'26.1"E
32U 433549 5532497
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Ingelheim/Großwinternheim - parking lot at the sports field (access road)

Turn-by-turn directions

The 11.8 km long Hiwweltour Westerberg starts at the Selz river in Großwinternheim. From here, you can already catch your first glimpse of Westerhaus Castle, which is located in the middle of the vineyards and is a stage destination of this hike.

First, however, the Hiwweltour leads along the leisurely rippling Selz and through the nature reserve Gartenwiese. Secluded hedges along the banks, rolling meadows with numerous native meadow flowers and fruit trees line the trail for the first few kilometers. You pass Schwabenheim, which can be visited by means of an access road.With the ascent up the Westerberg, you leave the Selz, the garden meadow and the fruit behind you and now enter the vineyard. The Walter Zoth hut invites you to take a break shortly after the junction of the access road to Bubenheim, before the last meters of altitude of the Hiwwelt tour lie ahead of you.

Once on the Westerberg, the hike leads leisurely along vineyards and farmland. The flat hiking trail and a small section through the Winternheim forest allow hikers to take a deep breath and recharge their batteries for the last section of the Hiwweltour.

The next stage destination is the aforementioned Westerhaus Castle. Paddocks and stables reveal that Schloss Westerhaus is not only a winery, but also a stud farm that breeds racehorses. When the large wooden gate of the castle is open, the vinotheque is open and you can taste a glass of wine made from the vines that grow along the Hiwweltour Westerberg.From now on the path leads downhill. Grandiose panoramic views in the direction of Ingelheim, Großwinternheim and Schwabenheim accompany the descent back into the Selz Valley. At this point, the hiking trail also leads through rare historic sunken paths, which were created by centuries of use with livestock and agricultural equipment, as well as by rainwater runoff.

Once in the valley, there is a stop for refreshments at the Eulenmühle. The last section along the Selz, back to the starting point of the Hiwweltour, is lined with shady trees and numerous horse paddocks. In addition, you can once again look at Westerhaus Castle in the heights of the vineyard, which has now been hiked up and down once.


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Public transport


Travel to Ingelheim train station, continue with bus 643 or 640 to Großwinternheim, town.


Getting there

By car:

A60 exit Ingelheim West, 3 km on L428 direction Nieder-Olm, at Ingelheim Süd straight ahead at the traffic circle, 4 km through the Selz valley to Großwinternheim, turn right into Schlossbergstraße to the parking lot at the sports field.

Other entry points are located in Ingelheim, Schabenheim and Bubenheim.

By public transport:

Ingelheim train station, continue with bus 643 or 640 to Großwinternheim, town.


Parking lot at the sports field of Großwinternheim

Address: Schlossbergstraße 23, 55218 Ingelheim

Parking at the Olbornhalle

Address: Am Sportfeld 90, 55270 Schwabenheim an der Selz

Parking at the cemetery

Address: Friedhofsstraße, 55270 Bubenheim

Parking lot in Westerhausstraße

Address: Westerhausstraße 6, 55218 Ingelheim am Rhein.


All parking lots are connected to the main road via access signs.


49.941139, 8.073918
49°56'28.1"N 8°04'26.1"E
32U 433549 5532497
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Book recommendation by the author

Hiwweltouren Rheinhessen

Volume 2 - 10 of the most beautiful circular walks

Publisher: ideemedia GmbH, 56567 Neuwied, Germany

ISBN: 978-3-942779-45-6

Price: 12,95 EUR


Sturdy shoes, hiking clothes, backpack provisions

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Wilfried Wagner 
October 01, 2022 · Community
Eine sehr schöne aber durchaus anstrengende Tour mit Anstieg zum Westerberg
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Jürgen Ehlers 
May 29, 2022 · Community
Eine sehr schöne abwechslungsreiche Wanderung im Selztal und auf den Höhen. Die meiste Zeit des Weges geht es durch die Bachauen der Selz und durch die Weinberge, aber immer auch mal kürzere Strecken durch kleine Waldstücke. Im Frühling ausgesprochen schön und entspannt zu wandern, im Sommer sicher zu oft in der Sonne. Die Einkehrmöglichkeit Eulenmühle lohnt sich für eine Pause oder - wie in unserem Fall - als Belohnung zum Abschluss.
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11.7 km
3:00 h
148 m
148 m
Highest point
243 m
Lowest point
96 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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