36.8 KM I ALTITUDE 349 METRES I DURATION 2.10 HOURS I LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY MEDIUM
Barrel Lid Route 1 circles Bad Bergzabern along the border between Germany and France. It meanders through the idyllic vineyards of the Southern Palatinate, featuring gentle inclines and declines as well as a view over the Palatinate Forest. Kakteenland (Cactus Land) in Steinfeld is well worth a visit and it makes for a nice place to stop for a break.
STARTING POINT AND HOW TO GET THERE
THINGS TO SEE
- Culinarium at the Haus des Gastes
- Bad Bergzabern, Kleine Brasserie at the Südpfalz-Therme (Southern Palatinate Thermal Spa)
- Bad Bergzabern, Aero-Club Schweighofen-Wissembourg e.V. Clubhouse at the Schweighofen Flugplatz (Gliding Centre)
You will start this loop at the Haus des Gastes in the little spa town of Bad Bergzabern. As you progress along the route, follow the signs for Barrel Lid Route 1 (symbol). If you arrive in Bad Bergzabern by train, follow the signs for the Haus des Gastes through the town from the station. From the Haus des Gastes, head south until you reach the Petronella-Rhein-Radweg (Petronella-Rhine Cycle Path) (symbol) on the outskirts of the town, which you will need to follow for about 7 km, with the paved tracks away from the road taking you up to Dierbach. Follow the Barrel Lid Route symbol here and turn right. Cycle through the Southern Palatinate vineyards and the small towns of Dierbach and Niederotterbach in the direction of Steinfeld. A brief visit to Kakteenland (Cactus Land) is a great way to spend a short break from cycling. Then you’ll need to follow the railway line, passing Bahnhof Steinfeld (Steinfeld Train Station) and continuing for around another 2 km to Kapsweyer. After another 2 km, take a sharp right turn and cycle on past the train station in Schweighofen and into the town centre. Stay on the road and follow the loop through the vineyards, taking in the stunning scenery and passing the small residential estates of Haftelhof and Heidenbrunnerhof. The final leg of the route takes you straight to Haardtrand on the Deutsche Weinstrasse-Radweg (German Wine Route Cycle Path) (symbol) and back to where you started in Bad Bergzabern.
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