Themed route

Riesling-Zander Cycle Route

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  • Entspannen in der Südpfalz Therme macht unter dem Sternenhimmel besonders viel Spaß.
    / Entspannen in der Südpfalz Therme macht unter dem Sternenhimmel besonders viel Spaß.
    Photo: System
  • / Fachwerkhäuser in Hayna.
    Photo: Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Mitten in der Altstadt von Bad Bergzabern liegt die Bergkirche.
    Photo: Malin Frank, System
  • / Vom Bismarckturm hat man eine herrliche Aussicht auf Bad Bergzabern.
    Photo: Malin Frank, System
  • / Das Schloss in Bad Bergzabern war früher von einem Wassergraben umgeben.
    Photo: Malin Frank, System
  • / Neupotzer Schlemmerköche auf dem Altrhein
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Römische Brennöfen im Terra Sigillata Musuem
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Tabaktrockenschuppen
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Familie im Haus Leben am Strom
    Photo: Martina Jochem, VG Jockgrim
  • / Gaststätten und Restaurants für jeden Geschmack gibt es auf der "Schlemmermeile" in Neupotz
    Photo: Jens Weinand, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
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This tour leads us through the beautiful landscape of the South Palatinate.

The cycle route is surrounded by vineyards, fruit trees, fields, meadows and the Rheinaue wetlands as it wends its way through romantic villages with historic half-timbered houses. The route runs mainly on surfaced agricultural roads and cycle paths. There are just a few unsurfaced sections, but they are still suitable for cycling. There are train stations or rail halts along the route in Winden, Steinweiler and Rheinzabern.

36.6 km
2:27 h
21 m
97 m

The cycle route leads from Pleisweiler-Oberhofen on the German Wine Route through idyllic meadows and fields towards Neupotz on the Rhine. It traverses Germany’s largest tobacco-growing region near Hatzenbühl, and gives you an opportunity to visit the Terra Sigillata Museum in Rheinzabern. This very flat cycle route is particularly suitable for families.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at one of Neupotz’s gourmet restaurants. User
Silke Wiedrig
Updated: August 22, 2019

Highest point
194 m
Lowest point
97 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Weinstube "FassReiwerle" im Weingut Bitzel

Safety information

Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).


Please wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.

Tips, hints and links

Feedback, errors or omissions? Contact us by email: (responsible for infrastructure and route description).

Südliche Weinstrasse e.V.
Tel: 0 63 41 / 94 04 07

Südpfalz Tourismus e.V.
Tel: 0 72 74 / 53 300

Verbandsgemeinde Jockgrim

Tel. 07271/599-180



Pleisweiler-Oberhofen (177 m)
49.116910, 8.012250
32U 427923 5440922



Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts in the picturesque wine-growing village of Pleisweiler-Oberhofen and takes cyclists through vineyards and past the wonderfully fragrant rose garden to Kapellen-Drusweiler. Passing through wide fields and lush meadows, you cycle through the romantic villages of Oberhausen and Barbelroth to Winden. There are plenty of enchanted spots and historic half-timbered houses to stop and explore along the way. The route continues to Steinweiler. In the old town centre, you can experience Palatinate hospitality over a glass of fine wine in one of the beautiful wineries.

Passing alongside vegetable fields, you cycle through the village of Erlenbach and on to the sedate tobacco-growing village of Hatzenbühl. The 2 km circular tobacco trail starts at the parish garden and contains a wealth of information about the annual life cycle of the tobacco plant. The route passes countless historic tobacco drying barns en route to Rheinzabern. It is worth taking a detour to the Roman Terra Sigillata Museum in the centre of town. Embark on an exciting journey through time into the region’s past, and immerse yourself in the everyday culture of the Romans. The modern museum vividly recounts the story of the tabernae settlement, the “Meissen of the ancient world”, and its development into one of the largest terra sigillata factories in the Roman Empire. Detailed replicas of the shiny red terra sigillata tableware give visitors a sense of the food and dining culture of the Romans. The original antique kilns are of particular interest.

Now cycle the last part of the route through the Rheinaue wetlands to Neupotz. Enjoy the unique natural spectacle as primeval landscapes, picturesque tributaries of the Altrhein river and secluded lakes dominate the natural scenery along the Rhine. You are now just a short distance from Neupotz and its street packed with gourmet restaurants. Popular dishes include the native zander, which lives in the waters of the Rhine and is renowned for its tasty meat. It is a culinary delight which can be deep fried or roasted and served with an aromatic Pinot blanc sauce. You can take an interesting trip to the “Haus Leben am Strom”, a centre containing a wealth of information about life on the Rhine and flood protection. Roman history comes to life on board the Roman boat Lusoria Rhenana on Neupotzer Setzfeld lake.


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Public transport

By train to Bad Bergzabern, continue by bus or directly by bike to Pleisweiler-Oberhofen.

Getting there

A65 to the Landau-Süd exit, continue on the B38 via Bad Bergzabern to Pleisweiler-Oberhofen


In Pleisweiler-Oberhofen

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