Hiking trail through the vineyards around Freinsheim, Erpolzheim, Ungstein and Kallstadt with a visit to the Roman excavation site "Villa am Weilberg" with sarcophagi and grape treading pools from Roman times.
Distance 12.8 km
Highest point178 m
Lowest point109 m
The hike takes you through the vineyards of our holiday region with interesting sights. Starting in Freinsheim, you walk through the vineyards towards Erpolzheim and on to Kallstadt. On the outskirts of Kallstadt is the Roman excavation site "Villa am Weilberg". On site, information boards explain the site and the buildings of the former Roman vineyard. Some sarcophagi found during excavations are on display. Return to Freinsheim via the Kallstadt hiking trails, the Riesling and Burgundy hiking trails.
The route often runs along so-called farm tracks. These are used for agricultural purposes and are used by tractors and harvesters all year round. We would like to point out that the use of the paths is at your own risk and ask for mutual consideration in the interest of all. The farm tracks may be soiled by agricultural traffic. After rainy days and especially in winter, the paths can be wet and slippery.
Tourist Information i-Punkt Freinsheim in the Historic Town Hall
The walk starts at the tourist information office at Freinsheim's historic town hall. Walk diagonally opposite into Breite Straße, then turn right into Haintorstraße. Cross the Haintor and immediately turn left into Friedhofstraße. Follow this out of town up the small hill towards the cemetery with its distinctive fortified tower. From there, walk downhill through the vineyards towards Erpolzheim. You pass the rainwater retention basin and continue straight ahead on the dirt road. Before the first houses, turn right and walk north along Erpolzheim. At the railway tracks, turn left towards the station. At the station building, cross the railway tracks and walk westwards on the asphalted farm track (towards the Palatinate Forest). The large erratic blocks (Gemarkungssteine) along the way are ideal for a short rest. The path continues straight ahead to the road between Freinsheim and Ungstein (L455), which you cross (attention: no crossing aid). Continue straight ahead on the first paved then unpaved farm track through the vineyards towards Kallstadt (orientate yourself at the radio mast) and arrive at the car park at the southern end of the village. To cross the road, walk to the entrance to the car park (note: there is no crossing aid). Here you will see the path on the opposite side, which you follow uphill to Villa am Weilberg. There you continue on the path below the excavation site, pass the Roman wine press house and turn right when the path touches the road and immediately turn right again back towards Kallstadt. You now walk along the Riesling path (marked: wine glass) and finally come to the centre of the village to the church and the tourist information office via the Kallstadter pond. Cross the Weinstraße, go into Neugasse and then immediately turn left into Schlittweg. At the end of the path, turn left and follow the Burgunderweg (marked: Fass) northwards, turn right at the Schlittgraben, leave the Burgunderweg and now follow the signs to Freinsheim. You pass the Oschelskopf statue with a resting place and reach Freinsheim via the railway overpass at Holzweg. Here you go straight on via Herxheimer Straße and Bahnhofstraße into Hauptstraße and are soon at the starting point in the historic old town.
all notes on protected areas
Freinsheim railway station, regular connections from the Rhine-Neckar triangle, from the direction of Neustadt/Weinstraße and Bad Dürkheim as well as from Grünstadt.
A6 motorway (Mannheim/Kaiserslautern, Grünstadt exit) towards Bad Dürkheim, on B271 (German Wine Route) via Herxheim am Berg to Freinsheim.
From the south: Motorway A61 at the Ludwigshafen junction onto the A650 towards Bad Dürkheim. At the end of the extension, go straight on in the direction of Gewerbegebiet Trift/Grünstadt. At the 2nd traffic light, turn right towards Ungstein. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit towards Freinsheim.
Car park at the railway station (Am Güterbahnhof) or car park in Großkarlbacher Straße. Footpath to the Tourist Information i-Punkt Freinsheim in the hist. Town Hall on the market square, approx. 10 or 5 minutes' walk.