A short day-long stage with plenty of options for exploring the region.
The cycle route runs mainly in close proximity to the river Glan and the former railway line along which bicycle draisines now operate between April and October.
The Glan dominates the stage as you pass through the beautiful historic centres of the village of Offenbach-Hundheim and the two small towns of Lauterecken and Meisenheim.
This stage only becomes strenuous if you want to see all the sights along the route. There is almost always a diverse and scenic landscape in the vicinity of the river Glans and the draisine railway line.
There is plenty to see: The St. Julian oil mill is a real gem in the history of craftsmanship, as it contains one of Europe’s last remaining stamp presses made from a single tree. (Demonstration available – booking required). A few towns further on in Offenbach-Hundheim, it is worth taking a short detour – the three-aisled evangelical parish church in Offenbach is an impressive example of the shift from Romanesque to Gothic-style architecture. The historic pillory at the old town jail gives a vivid impression of medieval instruments of execution. It is definitely worth factoring in a break in the historic town centre of Lauterecken. This is the point at which the Lauter flows into the Glan, and the area around the old Veldenz Castle has been carefully restored. You soon reach today’s destination of Meisenheim. It is particularly worth seeing the historic old town with its stately courtyards and well-preserved medieval city wall. The former synagogue and Schlosskirche church containing a Wittelsbach family grave and a Stumm organ are well worth a visit. End your day with a guided tour led by a night watchman.
Enjoy the day!
A visit to the historical oil mill (registration required, tel: 0049 171 - 26 39 07 6) is not to be missed. We also recommend taking a short walking tour around Offenbach-Hundheim and Lauterecken. Make sure you allow sufficient time to take in the historic old town of Meisenheim.
On some bridges, the roadside cycle path is only 1.20m wide. Dismount and push your bicycle on these bridges.
Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).
A62 to Kusel exit
B420 to Ulmet
A62 to Kusel exit
B420 to Meisenheim