The wanderer's happiness. It can be found here, on the Southern Wine Route. Because nature has been kind to us. Quiet meadow valleys and gently rounded vineyards, tranquil ponds and meandering streams and the largest contiguous forest area in Germany, the Palatinate Forest. UNESCO has declared it a biosphere reserve. With its excellent hiking trails, medieval castles and unique natural monuments.
On almost 100 km, you will experience the Wine Route with its varied landscape and fantastic views over the sea of vines. In addition to the typical wine landscape, you will always be accompanied by the foothills of the Palatinate Forest along the hiking trail. For refreshment, you can stop off at one of the rustic Palatinate Forest huts, for example, or stop off at one of the wine taverns, Straußwirtschaften or restaurants in the romantic winegrowing villages. Special sights such as Hambach Castle in Neustadt an der Weinstraße or Villa Ludwigshöhe in Edenkoben invite you to visit.
The 172-kilometre-long Pfälzer Weinsteig begins in Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the border to Alsace and leads via Bad Bergzabern, Annweiler am Trifels, Neustadt and Bad Dürkheim through many tranquil winegrowing villages to Bockenheim on the northern edge of the Haardt. This hiking route offers alternating dreamy paths through entertaining forest passages and sun-drenched stages in the sea of vines. Many of Germany's best wines are produced along the way. When you stop for a break at vantage points such as Villa Ludwigshöhe and the 673-metre-high Kalmit, you can uncork a bottle or two. The impressive reward for hikers: the view as far as neighbouring Alsace and the Black Forest.
Hikers will enjoy the tour from the sunny spots of the vineyards to the pleasantly cool shade of the Palatinate Forest.
On a total of 19 km, you can enjoy magnificent panoramas such as the view from the Orensfelsen rock or from the Sankt Anna chapel. It is also worth making a detour to the ruins of Neuscharfeneck Castle, where you will have to climb a total of 800 metres in altitude.
All the more welcome are the 5 huts along the way, which replenish your energy reserves with regional delicacies.
The perfect equipment for your hiking tour: whether it's a themed trail, a day tour or a hiking tour with several stages - once you have chosen your tour, our free SÜW app and our selection of hiking maps will help you prepare and accompany you on your hike.
Because you don't need much to discover the forest, wine and winegrowing villages of the Southern Wine Route: a pair of good shoes, practical clothing, a little curiosity and good tour suggestions. With map sections, altitude profiles and plenty of information about sights and places to stop for refreshments along the way, the SÜW app also helps you plan individual tours and accompanies you on site. Have a browse through our highlight recommendations and try out exciting features such as the audio guide or the skyline on site.
The beauty of nature of the Southern Wine Route can be discovered on hikes all year round. You can hike in particular comfort with our hiking packages.
We have put together hiking packages for you along the Wine Route and on the themes of almond blossom, Keschde, wine and more, with stage tours with luggage transport and all with various services along the way.
Our vacation packages give your hiking holiday that certain something and make your hiking stay on the Southern Wine Route unforgettable.