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Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 4: Deidesheim - Neustadt an der Weinstraße

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  • Der historische Marktplatz von Deidesheim mit der Pfarrkirche St. Ulrich und dem Alten Rathaus.
    Der historische Marktplatz von Deidesheim mit der Pfarrkirche St. Ulrich und dem Alten Rathaus.
    Photo: Silke Hertel, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
m 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Weinbiethaus Forsthaus Benjental / Gimmeldingen Scheffelwarte Weinbiet Rathaus Bergstein Deidesheimer Bahnhof Wolfsburg Historischer Marktplatz
We begin the 4th stage of the trail in the picturesque historical town centre of Deidesheim before hiking through vineyards, the Palatinate Forest and along idyllic streams up to the summit of the Weinbiet mountain. A descent with plenty of interesting views brings us down to Neustadt an der Weinstraße, one of the largest wine-producing communities in Germany.
Distance 19.8 km
6:00 h
588 m
560 m
546 m
116 m
High hills, heavenly views and idyllic wine villages: monotony makes a holiday somewhere else. The tour starts at the historic town hall on the market square and leads past the swimming pool and vineyards to the Waldgasthof Pfalzblick where you capture the silence of the forest. Next on to the Klausenkapelle and to the wine village of Königsbach with its parish church of St. John. After climbing up to the Meerspinnblick the trail follows the valley to the Gimmeldinger Forsthaus Benjental where a climb up to the 554 m high Weinbiet begins. Once at the top you can refresh yourself  at the Weinbiethaus. A final climb takes you to the lookout tower where the view sweeps over a contrasting landscape. Along the ridge of the Wolfsberg, the trail leads you past the  monument of the Bergstein and to the  ruins of the Wolfsburg. Behind theScheffelwart the trail then goes downhill  past the Deidesheimer Tempel and the Dr. Welsch-Terrasse and down  the Haardter Treppenweg into the charming old town of Neustadt an der Weinstraße.


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

Einen Abstecher zum Mandelring in Neustadt-Haardt machen. Tolle Villen und Weingüter!


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Update: January 31, 2023
Highest point
546 m
Lowest point
116 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 14.02%Dirt road 5.09%Forested/wild trail 35.08%Path 45.30%Road 0.10%Unknown 0.37%
2.8 km
Dirt road
1 km
Forested/wild trail
7 km
9 km
0 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Waldgaststätte Pfalzblick
Altes Jagdhaus Looganlagen
Altes Jagdhaus Looganlage / Gimmeldingen
Forsthaus Benjental
Forsthaus Benjental / Gimmeldingen
Waldschenke Ludwigsbrunnen / Haardt

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



Deidesheim, market square (117 m)
49.407783, 8.187338
49°24'28.0"N 8°11'14.4"E
32U 441046 5473106
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Neustadt an der Weinstraße, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

From the historical market square in Deidesheim we first walk past the open air swimming bath (1) and through sunny vineyards along the River Weinbach, before entering the forest at the Pfalzblick restaurant (2). The shady path brings us to the former Schlossberg vineyard, past the Klausen Chapel (3) and on to the wine-producing village of Königsbach, with its pretty parish church of St Johannes (4).

After the ascent to the 'Meerspinnblick' shelter above Gimmeldingen, we walk along the babbling Mußbach through the Gimmeldingen Valley to the Benjental foresters' lodge. The long ascent up the 554m Weinbiet (5) begins here and brings us through pretty woods to the highest peak of the Haardt Hills north of the River Speyerbach. We can reward ourselves with something to eat at the Weinbiethaus restaurant (run by PWV, a local association) before making the final ascent to the viewing tower. The view from the top of the tower stretches across the Rhine plain and as far as the highest summits of the Palatinate Forest.

The trail carries on over the crest of the Wolfsberg mountain and down past the Bergstein natural monument (6) and across the Hohfelsen rock to the ruins of Wolfsburg Castle (7), whose small restaurant is open on the weekends. An easy path along the slope then brings us to the Scheffelwarte viewing point (8), where the descent to Neustadt an der Weinstraße begins. Passing both the Deidesheim-Temple and the Dr Welsch Terrace, we take the Haardt steps down to the historical old town and let the hustle and bustle of the town and the charming timber-framed houses enchant us.


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Public transport

Train to Deidesheim

Getting there

A65 to the Deidesheim exit, continue on the B271 to Deidesheim


In Deidesheim


49.407783, 8.187338
49°24'28.0"N 8°11'14.4"E
32U 441046 5473106
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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 + 6, 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.

Questions and answers

Question from helga pfitzner · August 04, 2019 · Community
Wieso wird diese Etappe als schwer bezeichnet, was ist darunter zu verstehen?
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Answered by Gis Beinbrech · August 05, 2019 · Community
Na ja, ich finde die Etappe nicht schwer - es geht halt rauf und runter aber meist mit Ausblick auf die Weinberge.
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Monika Becht
May 12, 2022 · Community
Einer der schönsten Touren vom "WEINSTEIG" ..... :-)
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Eva Kopp
March 20, 2022 · Community
sehr schöne Tour. Lang und anstrengend. Tolle Aussichtspunkte. perfekter Zeitpunkt für die Mandelblüte in Deidesheim und Gimmeldingen. Achtung: Durchgang in Gimmeldingen an einer Stelle gesperrt, hoffentlich nur vorübergehend.
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When did you do this route? March 19, 2022
Conny McGee
August 21, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? August 21, 2021
Photo: Conny McGee, Community
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19.8 km
6:00 h
588 m
560 m
Highest point
546 m
Lowest point
116 m
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