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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 10

Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 10: Klingenmünster - Bad Bergzabern

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  • Morgennebel bei Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
    / Morgennebel bei Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Pfälzer Weinsteig Etappe 10 Klingenmünster - Bad Bergzabern
    Video: Südliche Weinstrasse e.V. - Pfalz
  • / Sonnenaufgang bei Gleiszellen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Nikolauskapelle bei Klingenmünster
    Photo: Goosmann
  • / Wappenschmiede Pleisweiler
    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
m 300 200 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km St. Martinskirche Bad Bergzabern
The shortest stage of the Weinsteig trail brings us from Klingenmünster via the South Palatinate holiday destinations of Gleiszellen and Pleisweiler through woods, meadows and vineyards to the lively spa town of Bad Bergzabern, where we can discover the historical town centre as well as the splendid castle, and relax in the South Palatinate thermal springs.
Distance 12.9 km
3:45 h
329 m
342 m
The shortest stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig attracts with the charm of the surrounding landscape and the atmosphere of the southern Palatinate resorts of Gleiszellen and Pleisweiler-Oberhofen. Our goal is the spa garden town of Bad Bergzabern. From the monastery in Klingenmünster the path leads through the vineyards towards the spa gardens and along the Klingbach up through the vineyards towards Gleiszellen. Along cobbled streets you pass the outskirts of  Hatzelberg-Brunnen, dive into the forest and are guided along the slopes of the Hatzelberg and the Röhlberg to the crossroads at Seicheneck. Following the course of the Hirtenbach along the Talaue you soon arrive at the Wappenschmiede. This historic, half-timbered house in Pleisweiler invites you to stop for a refreshment before the hike ends in the vineyards of the spa garden town of Bad Bergzabern. The cosy historic centre, the parking facilities and the Südpfalz Thermal Baths offer recreation and relaxation. Friends of architecture should not miss the castle and the renaissance buildings of the historic centre.

Author’s recommendation

  • Nach der kurzen Etappe ausspannen in der Südpfalz-Therme
  • Oder Stadtbummel durch Bad Bergzabern
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
350 m
Lowest point
167 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Gasthof zum Lam
Gasthof Zum Lam

Safety information

Despite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.

Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.

Tips and hints

Schloss Bad Bergzabern

Gasthof zum Lamm

Ristorante Wappenschmiede

Tourist Information Bad Bergzaberner Land


Klingenmünster Abbey (167 m)
49.140015, 8.019223
49°08'24.1"N 8°01'09.2"E
32U 428465 5443483


Bad Bergzabern, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

We begin at Klingenmünster Abbey and walk through the park (1) along the River Klingbach, before ascending through sun-drenched vineyards to the village of Gleiszellen. The trail continues through the alleys of this picturesque village. Just after the Hatzelberg fountain (2), we enter the forest and walk along the slopes of the Hatzelberg and Röhlberg hills to the crossroads at Am Seicheneck (3).

Finally, we descend through the trees into a small valley, which we then follow downhill into a larger valley. A gentle path along the floodplain (4) brings us past a tennis court (5) to a wonderful, historical timbered house which houses the Wappenschmiede restaurant (6) in Pleisweiler, where we can stop and refresh ourselves. Leaving Pleisweiler behind us, we walk through beautiful vineyards, past a vine-covered hikers' shelter (7), to the spa town of Bad Bergzabern.

Stroll around the winding streets of the historical town centre and relax in the idyllic park and the South Palatinate thermal springs. The magnificent castle and the 'Zum Engel' restaurant, a splendid building dating from the Renaissance, are also well worth a visit.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to Bad Bergzabern, then take the bus to Klingenmünster

Getting there

A65 to Kandel-Mitte, continue on the B427 to Bad Bergzabern and then on the B48 to Klingenmünster


In Klingenmünster


49.140015, 8.019223
49°08'24.1"N 8°01'09.2"E
32U 428465 5443483
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 8, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5


Provisions, sturdy shoes and (if necessary) waterproof clothing

Questions and answers

Question from Christine Mitsch · September 23, 2020 · Community
Eigentlich keine Frage, eher eine Info: das Lokal Wappenschmiede gibt es leider nicht mehr!
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12.9 km
3:45 h
329 m
342 m
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