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Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 2: Neuleiningen - Bad Dürkheim

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  • Blick auf das Burgdorf Neuleiningen
    / Blick auf das Burgdorf Neuleiningen
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  • / Burghof Neuleiningen
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  • / Der Kriemhildenstuhl ist der am besten erhaltene römische Steinbruch nördlich der Alpen.
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  • / Der Römerplatz in Bad Dürkheim.
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  • / Innenhof der Burg Neuleiningen
    Photo: Dr. Peter Dell
  • / Malerisches Neuleiningen
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  • / Bismarcktum bei Bad Dürkheim
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  • / Geiersbrunnen
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  • / Teufelsstein
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  • / Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal
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m 600 500 400 300 200 100 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Teufelsstein Bismarckturm Burgruine Battenberg Kriemhildenstuhl
The second stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig trail, the longest of the three new approved hiking trails in the Palatinate, leads us from the pretty, 750-year-old town of Neuleiningen, with its vineyards and castle, to the spa town of Bad Dürkheim. Along this interesting trail we can discover a Germanic ritual site and a Celtic ring fort as well as the highest Bismarck Tower in the Palatinate.
Distance 17.6 km
5:00 h
323 m
453 m
The 17.5 km long second stage reveals the full beauty of the Palatinate. From the 750 year old wine and hillside village of  Neuleiningen up to the spa town of Bad Durkheim you only have to keep your eyes open! The Burgruine Neuleiningen and the parish church of St. Nikolaus form the starting point. Along romantic streets, the trail leads downhill to the first vineyards. After a short climb you should not miss the detour to the castle ruins of the Battenberg and the impressive geological tubes in the nearby sandstone formation. Protected by trees the trail now leads to the forest tavern  of Waldgaststätte Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe and to the 40 m high tower of the Bismarckturm. Passing the Geiersbrunnen and the Germanic cult site at the Teufelssteinplace,  you now can explore the 2,500 year old ringed wall of the “Heidenmauer”. Passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial  you arrive at the Kriemhildenstuhl, an old Roman quarry. The rocky platform is as magnificent as the view over the Rhine valley and the Odenwald. After a short descent you reach the Römerplatz in Bad Durkheim.

Author’s recommendation

Auf der Etappe gibt es wirklich viel zu sehen. Daher lieber etwas mehr Zeit einplanen und zum Beispiel den Abstecher zum Kupferbergfelsen oder zur Hütte am Ungeheuersee machen (meist aber nur Sonntags geöffnet).


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Tobias Kauf
Updated: June 08, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
120 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe - Waldgaststätte
Gutsschänke Burg Battenberg
Ganerbenweg - Station 15 - Tourende am Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe

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.


Neuleiningen Castle (264 m)
49.543158, 8.136622
49°32'35.4"N 8°08'11.8"E
32U 437540 5488197


Bad Dürkheim, Römerplatz

Turn-by-turn directions

The long-distance trail begins among the historic walls of the ruins of Neuleiningen Castle (1) and the parish church of St Nikolaus. Following the cobbled streets and stairways, lined with pretty timber-framed houses, we leave the town and walk down into the Neuleiningen Valley. Passing through sunny vineyards and a shady rest spot under a cherry tree (2), we eventually arrive at the small village of Battenberg. It is worth visiting the ruins of Battenberg Castle, with a lovely view across the Rhine plain, or taking the path to the 'Blitzröhren', an interesting geological feature.

We then walk past the last houses at the edge of the village and into the forest. The next few kilometres of the trail follow shady, gentle forest paths until it reaches the Lindemannsruhe foresters' lodge and restaurant (3). From here, it's not far to the imposing, 40m high Bismarck Tower (4) on the Peterskopf hill. Passing the Geier springs (5), we follow the forest paths downwards before a short ascent brings us to an old Germanic ritual site on the Teufelsstein mountain (Devil's Stone) (6) with a large boulder on top of it which carries the same name as the mountain. According to legend, the holes in the stone were made by the furious devil himself. Shortly after this we find a ring fort in the forest, the so-called Heidenmauer (Heathen Wall), which was built by the Celts in around 500 B.C.

Passing the Kaiser Wilhelm monument, with its magnificent view of the ruins of Limburg Abbey, the trail continues to the 'Kriemhildenstuhl' (7), the best preserved Roman quarry north of the Alps, with its ancient inscriptions. The fantastic view from the 100m x 200m rock platform reaches from the Rebenmeer wine-growing area and the Rhine plain to the Odenwald mountain range and the Black Forest. After a quick stop at another viewing point, the trail takes us down into the attractive spa town of Bad Dürkheim, which has the largest wine barrel in the world and the second longest graduation tower in Germany.


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Public transport

Train to Grünstadt, then take the bus to Neuleiningen

Getting there

A6 to the Grünstadt exit, continue to Grünstadt and take the L453 via Sausenheim to Neuleiningen


Car park on Tiefenthalerstraße


49.543158, 8.136622
49°32'35.4"N 8°08'11.8"E
32U 437540 5488197
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 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


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A. W.
July 11, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour. Tipp: Falls ihr die Etappe nur als Tagesausflug plant, empfiehlt es sich in Bad Dürkheim zu parken und vom Bahnhof aus den Bus Richtung Grünstadt zu nehmen. Unterwegs bereits in Kleinkarlbach aussteigen und zum Startpunkt in Neuleiningen laufen. Abstecher hoch nach Neuleinigen lohnt sich.
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When did you do this route? June 20, 2019
T. B.
June 09, 2019 · Community
Abwechslungsreiche Wege/ Pfade. Nette Bedienung gutes Essen an der Lindemannsruh. Der Weg ist gut ausgeschildert.
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When did you do this route? June 09, 2019
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September 17, 2018 · Community
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17.6 km
5:00 h
323 m
453 m
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