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Cross-border cycle route "Orchard" (Espace PAMINA)

Long Distance Cycling · Alsace
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  • Eau de vie
    / Eau de vie
    Photo: C. DUMOULIN, ADT
  • / Produits locaux
    Photo: C. THEULIN, OT Kochersberg
  • / Paysages de vergers alsaciens
    Photo: Y. MULLER, CCAB - ADT
  • / Forêt de Hauguenau
    Photo: C. FLECKINGER, ADT
  • / Alambic
    Photo: C. DUMOULIN, ADT
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This cross-border bike tour takes you through the orchard landscapes of Alsace, Southern Palatinate and Baden with gourmet breaks at local producers and distilleries.
difficult
Distance 399.4 km
27:55 h
1,552 m
1,552 m

This Franco-German bicycle tour will delight you throughout the seasons. In spring, you will cross landscapes of flowering and perfumed orchards. Then in summer and autumn, when the trees bear their fruit and the harvest begins, you can discover and appreciate the diversity of local products.

The cross-border tour passes through beautiful wine villages (Palatinate), market gardens, fruit farms and distilleries (Alsace) and numerous producer stores (Baden).

The cycling routes along the Rhine and the Rhine plain are not very difficult, while the sections in the Palatinate and Kraichtal forests will delight the more athletic with a strong drop.

The numerous "Open Farm Days" offered in the region invite you to discover the life of the farms and to taste their products.

A selection of accommodations along the route will allow you to cover the circuit in several stages. If you don't have enough time, several short variants are proposed (see the author's advice).

Author’s recommendation

Several proposals for shortened circuits :

Southern Palatinate stage (118 km)

Tour of Northern Alsace (109 km)

Black Forest - Kraichgau stage (144 km)

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Dimitri Lett 
Update: September 08, 2021
Difficulty
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Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
317 m
Lowest point
94 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant S'Wald Stuebel
Auberge de l'Etang
Auberge du Rhin
Seltz snack bar
Restaurant Au Vieux Moulin
Auberge de la Forêt
Restaurant Au Bord du Rhin
Pizzeria Bella Roma
Restaurant A La Rose
Restaurant Au Chemin de Fer
A l'Agneau
Restaurant Auberge de la Ferme
Restaurant A l'Arbre Vert
Restaurant Au Soleil d'Or
Takeaway Danilo Pizza Express
Takeaway food Pizza Roma
Restaurant Bim Buewele
Restaurant A l'Agneau d'Or
Restaurant - L'Auberge du Gros Chêne
La Grenouille verte Kebab
Restaurant - L'ours
Hotel-restaurant Au Gourmet
Restaurant La Cigogne
Restaurant - Champ'Aéro
Restaurant Pizza Licata
Restaurant - L'origine'l
Restaurant - Cassegraine
Restaurant - L'Ancienne Douane
Restaurant - Grains de Sel
Restaurant - Le Mamounia
Restaurant - Le Jardin de Bacchus
Restaurant - Le Jardin
Restaurant - Le Clem's
Restaurant - Da Vinci
Restaurant - Le Tigre
Restaurant - Le Comptoir des Loges
Restaurant La Mirabelle
Restaurant Le Saumon
Restaurant de la Couronne
Restaurant Au boeuf
|The Beekeepers’ Association of the Canton of Seltz (copie)
Un Italiano Vero
Sautter Pom'Or
Ferme-auberge au moulin des sept fontaines
Café, pâtisserie, glacier La Pépinière
Villa Meteor - Covid19-exceptional closure until further notice
Restaurant Le Relais du Rhin
Butcher's shop - Delicatessen - Caterer Diebold et fils
Elchinger Auguste farm
Butchery - Deli - Catering Schwoob
Le Labo Dumoulin
Les vergers Hecky
Sigrist farm - Good asparagus from the Rhine
Hoeffler Distillery
Berling farm - Breeding and Feeding of the East
Kebab Le Petit Kalé
Restaurant La grange fleurie
Restaurant - La Poste
Restaurant-pizzeria Chez Chico
Restaurant Chez Georges
Hôtel-Restaurant Keimberg
Cafe Restaurant Rheinstrom
Hofladen Querfeldein
Margots Paradies
Seifermann's Bauernhof
Hofladen Querfeldein
Mühlenhof
Obsthof Höß
Laufbachhof
Obsthof Engelmeier
Zeller Mühle Huber GmbH
Obst-Eier-Geflügel Schababerle
Landgasthof Engel
Gasthaus zum Hirsch
Völlerei 5
Fleischrösterei
Hofmarkt Zapf H.B.C. GbR
Koch's Restaurant
Hotel-Restaurant "Zum Riesen"
Gasthaus Zum Schloddrer
Historisches Gasthaus "Zum Rössel"
Gaststätte Gleis 3
Dorfladen Freckenfeld
Cafe am Markt
Gasthaus/Weinstube "Zum Hirsch"
Steverding's Isenhof
Wein- und Sektgut Rosenhof
Brauerei Ottersheimer Bärenbräu
Eisoase Ottersheim
Weingut Frank Bohlender
Gasthaus zum Karpfen
Bäckerei Glaser
Bäckerei Stöbener
Bäckerei Burkard
Restaurant "Zum Lamm"
Weinstube Zur Blum
Le Bistro / Pfeffer und Salz
Wirtshaus im Fronhof
Fisch-Restaurant Alte Post
Hotel-Restaurant Zeiskamer Mühle
Hotel-Restaurant Zeiskamer Mühle
Weingut Spieß GbR
Schick'es Café
Stadtgarten Restaurant
Weinstube Ölmühle
Landgasthof Gaststätte "Zur Krone" Kraichtal-Gochsheim
Café zum Elefanten
"Engel" Bistro Kraichtal-Gochsheim
FzG Clubhaus Kraichtal-Münzesheim
Markgrafen Keller
Cafe´ beim REWE-Markt Kraichtal-Münzesheim
WaTTs Brasserie
Pizzeria D’Alessandro Kraichtal-Gochsheim
Schwitzer's Bistro in der Albtherme
Hartmaier's Villa Restaurant
Vogel Hausbräu Ettlingen
Brennerei Peter & Beate Weber Kraichtal-Münzesheim
Römermuseum Stettfeld
Le Petit Macaron
Café Erbprinz
Wiesencafé Ubstadt
Eiscafé Pierod Ettlingen
Eiscafé Pierod Pavillon
Eiscafé Tiziano
Gelateria Michelino
Lindenbräu GmbH
Restaurant Kreuz
täglich Brasserie, Cafe
La Cubanita
Palladio
Restaurant Albhöhe
"Zur Krone" Gaststätte Kraichtal-Münzesheim
Clubhaus "Gunthers Treff" FV Ubstadt
Ritter La Famiglia Ubstadt
Restaurant Abseits (Clubhaus des TSV Stettfeld)
Imbiss Steffi´s Eck

Safety information

Please note that the circuit will offer you various types of routes: seprate cycle track, cycle lanes, agricultural paths, little-used roads. The type of surface varies according to the section (mostly asphalt, paved roads, gravel passage, forest roads, etc.). For your safety and that of others, ride safely, check that your bike is in good condition, well equipped and respect the highway code in town and outside the urban area.

The bike tour runs cross-border, so please always note the current Corona conditions.

Ferry at km 13.6 (Plittersdorf)

Ferry at km 91 (Drusenheim)

Tips and hints

Maps :

Cycle map Südpfalz

Cycle map "Cycling in the PAMINA area". 

 

Further information and links:

http://vis-a-vis-pamina.eu

www.cyclinginalsace.com

The Baden-Elsass-Pfalz e.V. tourism association brings together around 60 members in Baden, northern Alsace and southern Palatinate. These include cities and municipalities, tourism organizations, lodging establishments and some companies. The Baden-Elsass-Pfalz e.V. tourism community promotes cooperation between tourism stakeholders in the German-French PAMINA region. On their initiative, this cross-border bike tour was developed. The following tourist information offices are located along the route:

 

Vis-à-Vis Infopoint

Altes Zollhaus

Hagenbacherstr. 5a,

76768 Neulauterbourg

https://vis-a-vis-pamina.eu/

 

Pays de Seltz-Lauterbourg

+33 (0)3 88 05 59 79

www.tourisme-pays-seltz-lauterbourg.fr

 

Pays Rhénan

+33 (0)3 88 96 44 08

www.visitpaysrhenan.alsace

 

Office de Tourisme du Pays de Haguenau, Forêt et Terre de Potiers

+33 (0) 3 88 06 59 99

www.visithaguenau.alsace

 

Alsace Verte

Niederbronn-les-Bains +33 (0)3 88 80 89 70

Wissembourg +33 (0)3 88 94 10 11

Hunspach +33 (0)3 88 80 41 46

Lembach +33 (0)3 88 86 71 45

Soultz-sous-Forêts +33 (0)3 88 80 89 70

www.alsace-verte.com

 

Büro für Tourismus Annweiler am Trifels

Messplatz 1

76855 Annweiler am Trifels

+49 (0) 6346 2200

www.trifelsland.de

 

Südpfalz Tourismus Kandel e.V.

Georg-Todt-Straße 2a

76870 Kandel

+49 (0) 7275 61 99 45

www.suedpfalz-tourismus-kandel.de

 

Büro für Tourismus Landau

Marktstraße 50

76829 Landau

+49 (0) 6341 138301

www.landau-tourismus.de

 

Südpfalz-Tourismus Landkreis Germersheim e.V.

Luitpoldplatz 1

76726 Germersheim

+49 (0) 7274 53300

www.suedpfalz-tourismus.de

 

Tourist-Info Bretten

Melanchthonstraße 3

75015 Bretten

+49 (0) 7252 583710

www.erlebe-bretten.de

 

Stadtinformation Ettlingen

Schloßplatz 3

76275 Ettlingen

+49 (0) 7243 101380

www.ettlingen.de

Start

Eurodistrict PAMINA (107 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.961511, 8.191895
DMS
48°57'41.4"N 8°11'30.8"E
UTM
32U 440847 5423491
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Destination

Eurodistrict PAMINA

Turn-by-turn directions

Our tips for 3 day tours:

Palatinate:

The starting point of the tour is the fortress town of Landau in the Palatinate. From here, the route follows the Queichtalradweg to Siebeldingen. Continue to Frankweiler and along the Haardtrand into the Palatinate Forest to Annweiler am Trifels. Through the Palatinate Forest the tour leads back to the Southern Wine Route near Klingenmünster. Between vineyards, it goes from here via Erlenbach near Kandel to the Rhine plain. Along the Rhine you cycle on to Germersheim. Back across the Rhine plain in the direction of the Haardtrand, the tour runs back to Landau.

Northern Alsace Tour:

Wissembourg is the starting point of this stage tour. Through the French part of the biosphere reserve Pfälzerwald - Nordvogesen via the villages Betschdorf and Soufflenheim the tour leads to the Rhine. At Drusenheim, you cross the Rhine by ferry and continue in a northerly direction to switch back to the French side of the Rhine at Seltz. From now on you cycle along the Lauter river back to Wissembourg.

Black Forest - Kraichgau stage:

Ettlingen is the starting point of this stage tour. Via Waldbronn, the tour leads to the Melanchthon town of Bretten. From Bretten, the tour runs via Flehingen to Ubstadt-Weiher. Passing Bad Schönborn and Philippsburg, the tour continues to the Rhine. In a southerly direction, the tour continues along the Rhine and via Rheinstetten back to Ettlingen.

 

Description of the complete tour:

From the old customs house in Lauterbourg, head towards Mothern (Busch distillery) and continue on the EuroVelo15 to Seltz (Fitterer organic farm and orchard). In Seltz, take the Rhine ferry to Plittersdorf (Germany).A fruit farmers' market and a jam-making workshop are held once a year in Seltz. On the German side, continue south on the Rhine - EuroVelo15 cycle route through Iffezheim to the Greffern (Germany) - Drusenheim (France) ferry.

 

Here you have two choices:

Option 1: Take the ferry from Greffern (Germany) to Drusenheim (France) and continue on the French side.

Option 2: Instead of taking the ferry to France, take a short trip (about 45 km) to the Lichtenau region between Bühl and Achern. Many farms offer direct sales. Enjoy the green landscape and tasty regional products. The "Hofladentour/Zwergentour" passes through seven small towns and villages and past numerous farm shops. The route is particularly suitable for families as it is largely flat, mainly paved and not very busy. Start in Lichtenau (Querfeldein farm shop) and proceed to Moos (Margots Paradies), Zell (Zeller Mühle Huber GmbH) and through Ottersweier (Seifermann's Bauernhof) to Haft (Mühlenhof, Obsthof Höß, Laufbachhof, Obsthof Engelmeier). Then via Sasbach and Sasbachried. From there the loop continues via Großweier, Gamshurst, Memprechtshofen, Muckenschopf and Scherzheim back to Lichtenau and again to the ferry Greffern (Germany) - Drusenheim (France) on the Rhine.

 

Continue along the RD429. At the roundabout follow the direction of Haguenau (sign IC 23). Take the cycle track between Rohrwiller and Oberhoffen/Moder. Then between Oberhoffen and Kaltenhouse.

In Kaltenhouse, go straight on towards Haguenau. Follow the IC 23 sign to Haguenau (cycle track).

In Haguenau, take the Boulevard Hanauer and follow the direction of the train station. Then follow the Porte de Wissembourg along the Moder. At the roundabout, go straight on along the Moder. Cross the Park on the left and join the road to Schirrhein. Follow the signs for the Parc Rhénan - Circuit Sud. Turn right into the central street, then left into the Sachsenhausen street. Finally turn left onto Route de Soufflenheim and right onto Rue de l'Ours. Follow the direction of Gros Chêne 2 (Route forestière du Krummstein). Once at the Gros Chêne, continue towards Betschdorf following the IC 24/25 sign. Take the forest road to Heuscheur. At the Carrefour Parade, continue towards Betschdorf following the sign IC 24.

When you arrive in Betschdorf, turn left onto the cycle track IC 52 towards Woerth. Turn right onto Rue du Moulin towards Schwabwiller.

In Schwabwiller, continue straight on the RD199 towards Reimerswiller, then Hohwiller.In Hohwiller, follow the direction of Soultz-sous-Forêt on the RD28 (cycle track).

In Soultz-sous-Forêt, follow the direction "centre-ville" on the RD264 along the cycle track. Continue straight on and then turn left onto the rue des frères Muntz. Continue towards Ritschwiller, Memmelshoffen and then Keffenach on the RD170. In Keffenach, turn left onto the RD65, then right onto the RD152 towards Birlenbach.

In Birlenbach, turn left onto the RD152 towards Drachenbronn.

In Drachenbronn, continue towards Cleebourg, then Rott and Wissembourg on the RD77. When you arrive in Wissembourg, turn left and drive along the Lauter river on Boulevard Clemenceau until you reach the car park of the swimming pool. Turn right and follow the Lauter on the Faubourg de Bitche, then the Quai du 22 Novembre. Turn left onto rue du Marché aux poissons and continue on rue Bahnacker then leave Wissembourg following the Windhof road.

 

Here the route changes from Alsace to the Palatinate.

On the "Kraut und Rübenradweg" (cabbage and turnip cycle path), the route goes via Schweigen (winegrowers and distilleries) and Steinfeld (cactus country) along the Viehstrich to Minfeld (Schossberghof village market), Kandel (Zapf farm market) and Erlenbach (Schönung family market stall).

In the municipality of Kandel, an open farm day is held once a year.

In Erlenbach, the route changes from the "Kraut und Rübenradweg" to the cycle path "Vom Riesling zum Zander" (From Riesling to Zander) to Steinweiler (village shop) and then leads past the Rosenhof (vintner and distillery) to Billigheim on the Klingbachradweg. The route now follows the Klingbach via Klingenmünster (Stiftsgut Keysermühle), Silz and Gossersweiler-Stein to Völkersweiler (Josefshof, farm shop selling Galloway products and fruit juice).

Once a year there is a farm festival at the Josefshof in Völkersweiler.

Then continue to Annweiler am Trifels and on the Queichtal cycle path to Landau (small detour to Frankweiler, Südpfalz Saft). The market square (market twice a week) is where the market path to Ramberg and Dernbach begins. In the past, the villagers used this path to bring their fruit for sale to the Landau market.

Take the "Queichtalradweg" to Bellheim (Kartoffelhof Böhm), then continue on the "Kraut und Rüben Radweg" to Zeiskam (Schickes Lädel, Gemüseanbau Braun), Westheim (Hofgut Holzmühle) and Schwegenheim (Merkelhof, Hof Sonnenfeld, Bauernhof Manger, Hofladen Hellmann).

The tour switches from the Palatinate to the Baden side via the Rheinhausen bicycle ferry.

The "Schönbornroute" takes you through the Hardtwald forest. With a short branch past Philippsee, the route leads to the "Kraichradweg", which leads into Kraichtal. You cycle through Unteröwisheim (Zumbach juices, Härdle winery, de Bortoli distillery), Münzesheim (Klenert winery) and Gochsheim (bakery museum with chocolate tour) to Flehingen (Luisenhof). From there follow the "Panoramatour" to Bretten (Melanchthoncafé, Café Hesselbacher). The route continues on the "Panorama Tour" to the Bretten districts of Rinklingen and Dürrenbüchig. Here continue on the "ÖkoRegio Tour" via Wössingen (Unterweger farm shop) to Walzbachtal. Continue south via Pfinztal to Grünwettersbach to the Waldbronn orchard meadows.

Shortly after the outskirts of Grünwettersbach, the trail turns again at an acute angle and uphill into the fields. At the signpost "Am Zehntpfad" first turn left, then right at the next opportunity and into Busenbach on Friedhofstraße. Cross Ettlinger Straße into Reichenbacher Straße. Drive all the way through Reichenbacher Straße and turn right at the end onto Ostendstraße. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Talstraße. At the next roundabout, take the second exit and follow Bergstraße until it becomes Gisela-und-Hans-Ruland-Straße. Turn left to drive along the edge of the forest towards Reichenbach.

Continue on Busenbacher Straße to turn right at the end of the road and ride a short distance along the K3561.

Then turn onto Pforzheimer Straße. After the Kurhaus, turn right into Etzenroter Straße. With a short detour along the field paths to the barbecue area on Etzenroter Straße, the route then continues along the Baden-Württemberg cycle path network, past the "Reichenbach Kurpark" S-Bahn stop to Herrenalber Straße.

After the bus stop "Busenbach Bahnhof", cross the tracks to cycle along Pforzheimer Straße and to the left along the "Spinnerei" industrial estate, then turn left and cycle through the middle of the factory buildings to reach the other side of the valley.

Follow the Graf-Rhena-Weg along the railway line until you reach Waldstraße.

Continue on Schöllbronner Straße, past the Albgau outdoor pool. Turn right into Luisenstraße. Turn left along the Alb and Pforzheimer Straße onto Albstraße. Follow Albstraße until the junction of Albstraße/Kronenstraße/Marktstraße. Left over the town hall bridge, through the archway. From Ettlingen market square, follow the Rheintal-Radweg/Ortenau-Weg for a short distance to Badener Tor Straße.Cross the road here and past the Erbprinz Ettlingen along Rastatter Straße. Turn right before the large crossroads and continue along Goethestraße, which becomes Einsteinstraße. Turn right and walk along the Malscher Landgraben until you reach the L607. Turn right here.

Cross Rudolf-Plank-Straße at the traffic lights and continue along the Baden-Württemberg cycle path network towards Rheinstetten.

At Rheinstetten follow the Rhine in a southerly direction and at Lauterbourg take the Rhine ferry back to the French side to the starting point of the orchard tour.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The tour can be started from several stations on the Palatinate, Baden or French side, such as Lauterbourg, Seltz, Wissembourg, Haguenau, Achern, Ettlingen, Landau, Anweiler am Trifels.

Getting there

Coming from Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria, it is best to take the A8 towards Karlsruhe or the A5 towards Achern.From the north, either from Baden on the A5 towards Karlsruhe and Achern, or from the Palatinate on the A65 towards Landau, or from France on the A4 and A340 towards Haguenau or Brumath, or on the A35 and D3 towards Wissembourg and Lauterbourg.

Parking

There are several parking options along the route, e.g. free parking behind the station in Kandel or in Wissembourg at the station or at the car park "Rue des Messageries", about 50 metres away.

Coordinates

DD
48.961511, 8.191895
DMS
48°57'41.4"N 8°11'30.8"E
UTM
32U 440847 5423491
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  •  Cycle map Südpfalz
  • Cycle map "Cycling in the PAMINA region"

Equipment

Weatherproof clothing, drinking water, puncture repair kit, air pump, supplies.

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Duration
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1,552 m
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