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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
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  • / Weinbergshaus bei Bockenheim
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m 350 300 250 200 150 100 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Restaurant Akropolis Heiligenkirche Der Fliegende Italiener Patriciawingert Opferstein 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.
moderate
17 km
4:48 h
500 m
394 m
The 17 km long first stage lives up to its reputation. Through  sun-drenched vineyards, the path leads from Bockenheim to Neuleiningen, overcoming almost 500 metres in altitude - a stage well suited to warm up. The start of the tour is at the architecturally- striking building of the Deutsche Weinstrasse in Bockenheim, the oldest tourist route in Germany. Along sunlit grass paths you walk slightly uphill towards the Fahnenberg and reach the Heiligenkirche, a beautiful country chapel. Passing a sacrificial stone the path then leads to the Patriciawingert where you should enjoy the view over the Rhine valley and over to the Odenwald whilst enjoying a short rest at the Panoramabar. To reach the Galgenberg there is the first climb after which  you can fortify yourself at the Weinwanderhütte Asselheim (open on weekends) before climbing up to the  Quirnheimer Berg. It is well worthwhile to make a detour of approx. 500 metres to the Motorradmuseum ( motorcycle museum) in Quirnheim. The trail then descends again towards Mertesheim. Running alongside the Eisbach you soon reach the shady town park in Grünstadt. Further on towards the west you can enjoy the Grünstadter Berg  with spectacular views of the plutonic rock of the Donnersberg. From here it is only a short walk through the vineyards to the hillside village of Neuleiningen.

Author’s recommendation

  • Ein Picknick an der Panorama Bar am Patricia Wingert
  • Besuch im Motorrad Museum Qirnheim
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Author
Tobias Kauf
Updated: April 19, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Gerstenberg, 316 m
Lowest point
Mertesheim, 151 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Sonnenberg
Restaurant Akropolis
Der Fliegende Italiener
House of the German Wine Route
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

 

Start

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

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

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

Parking

Large, free car park opposite the

House of the German Wine Route

Coordinates

DD
49.609603, 8.181185
DMS
49°36'34.6"N 8°10'52.3"E
UTM
32U 440844 5495548
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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 http://naturnavi.de

Equipment

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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Questions and answers

Question from Peter Exner · April 28, 2021 · Community
Ich werde - so Corona es zulässt - ab dem 21. September 2021 den Weinsteig wandern. Wie kann man das publik machen, um eine (gelegentliche) Begleitung zu finden?
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Question from Klaus Berning · September 25, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag, wir möchten gerne Ende Oktober den Pfälzer Weinsteig wandern. Ich sehe auf Ihrer Seite die einzelnen Etappen mit den gps-Dateien. Super. Kann man irgendwie entlang der Etappen sehen, welche Unterkünfte und Einkehrmöglichkeiten existieren? Mit freundlichen Grüssen Klaus Berning
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Answer by Ner Can · September 25, 2020 · Community
Hallo Klaus, Einkehrmöglichkeiten werden in Form von Hinweisschildern/Wegweisern angezeigt. Jedoch nicht immer. Bedenke auch dass nicht alle Einkehrmöglichkeiten täglich geöffnet haben. Ein "Grundproviant" ist sehr sinnvoll. Vor allem der Aufstieg zur Kalmit wurde mit 4l Wasser honoriert. LG Nermin
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Wolfgang Neidhöfer 
February 20, 2021 · Community
Ein sehr schöner Weg mit wunderschönen Ausblicken in die Rheinebene und auch zum Donnersberg. Allerdings nicht geeignet für heiße Sommertage, denn es gibt kaum Schatten.
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Completed this Route on February 20, 2021
Photo: Wolfgang Neidhöfer, Community
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Gerold Ball
October 13, 2019 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17 km
Duration
4:48 h
Ascent
500 m
Descent
394 m
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