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Pfälzer Weinsteig Etappe 01 Bockenheim - Neuleiningen

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  • Das Weindorf Bockenheim
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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.
Distance 17 km
4:48 h
500 m
394 m
316 m
151 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.


UFFBASSE! - Campaign for being considerate of others in nature

  • Always act in a proactive, friendly and considerate way towards everyone you encounter along the way.
  • Respect nature, do not destroy plants and always stay on the paths. Try to avoid excessive noise and leave the forest before dusk.
  • Remember to take a rubbish bag with you when you go out and take your rubbish back home.
  • Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. Other visitors and animals thank you.
  • For your own safety, observe all road closures, including at weekends.
  • Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for emergency vehicles and agricultural machinery.
  • Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.

Author’s recommendation

  • Ein Picknick an der Panorama Bar am Patricia Wingert
  • Besuch im Motorrad Museum Qirnheim
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Tobias Kauf 
Update: July 25, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
Gerstenberg, 316 m
Lowest point
Mertesheim, 151 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 3.95%Dirt road 23.48%Nature trail 64.55%Path 1.92%Road 1.55%unknown 4.51%
0.7 km
Dirt road
4 km
Nature trail
10.9 km
0.3 km
0.3 km
0.8 km
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Rest stops

House of the German Wine Route
Cafe Ideal im Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße
Weinwanderhütte Asselheim

Safety information

In light of recent events:

Coronavirus Guide from the German Hiking Association


In autumn in particular, it is important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones and holes in the path. Trees can topple and branches can fall down after thunderstorms and rainstorms. Natural paths can become muddy and slippery, especially in poor weather conditions. Not all rocks and precipices are secured with ropes or railings. You need to be sure-footed in certain areas. Damage to paths of this kind is to be expected on hikes. If you feel that certain sections of the path are not passable for you, please avoid them.



We endeavour to announce all closures due to forest work or hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, sometimes there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a road closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.

Tips and hints

Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße
Heiligenkirche Bockenheim

Weinwanderhütte Asselheim

Motorradmuseum Quirnheim

Parkschenke Grünstadt

Unterkünfte am Pfälzer Weinsteig



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


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Public transport


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


Large, free car park opposite the

House of the German Wine Route


49.609603, 8.181185
49°36'34.6"N 8°10'52.3"E
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


We recommend the following equipment as standard for our hiking tours:
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Sufficient quantity of food and drink, as refreshment stops or shopping facilities are not always available or open.
  • Although the paths are very well marked throughout, for safety reasons it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency.

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Questions and answers

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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Answered 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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Simone Weber 
July 23, 2021 · Community
Simone hat die Bewertung „empfehlenswert“ abgegeben.
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When did you do this route? July 23, 2021
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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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When did you do this route? February 20, 2021
Photo: Wolfgang Neidhöfer, Community
Photo: Wolfgang Neidhöfer, Community
Photo: Wolfgang Neidhöfer, Community
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17 km
4:48 h
500 m
394 m
Highest point
316 m
Lowest point
151 m
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