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
Highest point350 m
Lowest point167 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.
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.
Nach der kurzen Etappe ausspannen in der Südpfalz-Therme
Oder Stadtbummel durch Bad Bergzabern
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
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.
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
Train to Bad Bergzabern, then take the bus to Klingenmünster
A65 to Kandel-Mitte, continue on the B427 to Bad Bergzabern and then on the B48 to Klingenmünster
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We recommend the following equipment as standard for our hiking tours:
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.