Let's get to know the Palatinate!
Our journey by train turns out to be very pleasant. The train station in Neustadt is centrally located and our first hotel is only a few metres away. At the moment, the annual wine harvest festival with many culinary highlights is taking place in Neustadt, which we naturally don't want to miss. In the evening, we stop at the well-attended traditional Gerberhaus. Hospitality is very important in the Palatinate - we are allowed to sit at the table with two local couples. We quickly strike up a conversation and it turns out that one of the two gentlemen is a winegrower. Mr Friedrich invites us to visit him at his winery in Dackenheim. Without further ado, we exchanged contact details and arranged to meet over the next few days - more on that later!
Heidelberg – Worms
On the second day of cycling, after a hearty breakfast, we start the new stage well rested. The route to Worms takes us through tranquil villages. Here, too, our route is well signposted and it is easy for us to find the right way.
A short lunch stop in Lampertheim and we are already standing in front of the Nibelungen Bridge. We have reached our destination for the day: Worms, steeped in history. The late summer weather invites us to take a walk through the picturesque old town. We end the evening with a good glass of "Neuem Wein".
Worms – Bad Dürkheim
Our route now takes us through hillier countryside, past many small winegrowing villages, such as Dackenheim. If you remember: our appointment with Mr Friedrich, the winegrower, is still outstanding. His winery is a little off the route - but the diversions is well worth it. We are allowed to taste some of Mr Friedrich's wines and he tells us interesting things about Palatinate history and wine culture. Back on the route, we cycle past the famous Dürkheimer Fass to Bad Dürkheim. We stroll through the town and enjoy a culinary treat at the Marktschänke.
Bad Dürkheim – Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Before we begin our last stage in the vineyards of the German Wine Route, we stop by the famous Fitz-Ritter sparkling wine cellar. The lovingly designed garden is particularly recommended, where you can enjoy a glass or two of wine. The landscape becomes a little steeper here and wherever you look, you are surrounded by vines. The autumn coloured leaves create a beautiful atmosphere.
In the afternoon, on a recommendation, we dine at the Gutsschänke Spindler in Forst. I take the opportunity to finally try the original Pfälzer Saumagen - apparently the favourite dish of every Palatine. The dish surprises me in a positive way and the last day of cycling couldn't end better. The last metres in altitude done and back in Neustadt, we enjoy the evening at the wine harvest festival and review our wonderful cycling trip in the Palatinate.
As newcomers to the Palatinate, we were thrilled all around by the beautiful landscape, the hearty cuisine, the Palatinate hospitality and the surprisingly varied wine list. Last but not least, the seamless organisation made our trip unforgettable. The rental bikes rode flawlessly and could be parked safely and worry-free in every hotel. Both the route book and the Eurobike On Tour app reliably took us to our destination every day. For us, one thing is certain: a bike tour is the most beautiful way to explore the Palatinate!