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Pfalz Keschdeweg (Chestnut Trail)

The Pfalz Keschdeweg (Chestnut Trail) leads us through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Pfälzerwald and out into the sun-drenched wine country, past many chestnut trees that thrive here due to the mild climate, bearing their fruit in autumn.

Before heading off on the 24 kilometer route from Burrweiler, heading to Weyher, drop in to the Meßmer winery with its beautiful vinotheque. This will be one of many tempting stops along the way. After enjoying the wonderful landscape, we reach Weyher and can take another little break in the numerous places offering refreshments throughout the year. Two winegrowers with wine bars, Otmar Graf and Valentin Ziegler, invite you to take a refreshing break in autumn.

Our next stage leads to the picturesque wine town of Rhodt unter Rietburg. The facades of the houses, almost entirely surrounded by vine leaves, offer an unforgettable romantic sight from spring to autumn. Literally at every turn, you can see the town’s long wine-making tradition. This is represented first and foremost by old wineries, such as Weingut Christian Heußler, which has been in operation since 1750. The local gastronomy savoured with regional wines may put a stop to your hiking ambitions, but you can always come back to indulge in these culinary delights. Renowned are the restaurants "Alter Kastanienhof" (alter-kastanienhof.de), "Theresienhof", "Vinorant" in the Fleischmann-Krieger winery (fleischmann-krieger.de) and the winery, wine bar and hotel Felix Waldkirch (weingut-waldkirch.de) amongst many other offerings.

Let us not digress too early, but continue on our way towards Edenkoben with a small detour to the Villa Ludwigshöhe palace. This was built by King Ludwig I of Bavaria from 1846 - 1852. At that time the Pfalz still belonged to Bavaria. Even after his abdication in 1848 as a result of his affair with the dancer Lola Montez, Ludwig I regularly spent the months of July and August in the Italian-style castle every two years until 1866. The building, which belongs to the state of Rhineland-Pfalz, has been used for concerts since 1975. On the upper floor of the castle there is a permanent exhibition with works by the impressionist painter Max Slevogt.

Back on the wine trail to Edenkoben, we pass many well-preserved historic winegrowers' houses until we reach St. Martin, with its romantic medieval alleys, all heritage listed. Here the connoisseur is spoilt for choice with numerous wine tasting rooms, vinotheques, Straußwirtschaften (temporary local wine bars) offering refreshments, a wine hotel and restaurants. Amongst these are the Kirchstübel wine bar (kirchstuebel.de) and the Gernert winery and hotel GARNI (weingut-gernert.de).

Continuing on the Keschdeweg we see the famous Hambacher Schloss (hambacher-schloss.de), popularly known as “Keschdeburg” because of the surrounding chestnut forests. This castle, built in the 11th century, has been the cradle of the German democracy movement ever since 1832 when Pfalz citizens dissatisfied with their Bavarian administration, spontaneously staged a protest festival.

At Hambach we have also reached our destination, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. The city of Neustadt with its 9 wine villages, stretches in front of us, embedded in a sea of ​​more than 2,000 hectares of vines producing around 20 million liters of wine each year. The countless Neustädter winegrowers, wine bars and restaurants offer something for every taste and palate - from high-quality gourmet cuisine to hearty home cooking.

The culinary offer is by no means limited to Pfalz specialties such as liver dumplings, bratwurst and sausage, but also sophisticated creations of Mediterranean lightness are masterfully prepared. After all, this "secret wine capital of Germany" is located in a region with a Mediterranean flair and not far from the Alsatian border. This is where the Pfalz cooking tradition meets Mediterranean elements and the sophisticated “savoir vivre” of France. All that remains is to wish you Cheers and Guten Appetit!


24
Kilometers Distance

840
Elevation [m]

7
Hours walking time

Keschdeweg (Chestnut Trail)

Stage

Burrweiler - Neustadt

Start

Burrweiler

Finish

Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Marker

White square with cracked chestnut (yellow-brown) and the name "Pfälzer Keschdeweg".

Route Character

Varied path, well built, past castles and vineyards with a view of the Rhine plain and the Pfalz Forest. It runs along many chestnut trees that provide shade even in summer.

Parking

Various parking spaces in the center of Burrweiler. Very good connections to public transport from the stations at Edenkoben or Neustadt a. d. Weinstraße


Route Contact

Pfalzwein e.V.


Martin-Luther-Straße 69
67433 Neustadt/Weinstraße

Phone: +49 6321 / 912328
info[at]pfalz(dot)de
www.pfalz.de

Activities

Bad Dürkheim
Pfalzmuseum für Naturkunde Bad Dürkheim
Museum
www.pfalzmuseum.de

Deidesheim
Museum für Weinkultur, Deidesheim
Museum
www.weinkultur-deidesheim.de

Deidesheim
Biosphärenreservat Pfälzerwald
Naturerlebnis
www.deidesheim.de

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Hambacher Schloss Neustadt/Weinstraße
Schloss
www.hambacher-schloss.de

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Otto Dill-Museum
Museum
www.otto-dill-museum.de

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Eisenbahnmuseum Neustadt/Weinstraße
Museum
www.eisenbahnmuseum-neustadt.de

Landau
Kutschfahrten mit dem original „Landauer“
www.landau.de

Speyer
Technik-Museum Speyer und IMAX-Dome, Speyer
Museum
www.technik-museum.de

Speyer
Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer
Museum
www.museum.speyer.de

Speyer
Dom zu Speyer – UNESCO-Welterbestätte
Kirche
www.dom-zu-speyer.de

Ludwingswinkel
Barfußpfad Ludwigswinkel
www.ludwigswinkel.de/lu_barfussweg.php

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Pfälzerwald Neustadt/Weinstraße
Naturelrebnis
www.pwv.de

Naturfreundehäuser
www.naturfreunde-rlp.de

Dahn
Dahner Felsenland
Naturerlebnis
www.suedwestpfalz-touristik.de

Germersheim
Nachenfahrten auf dem Altrhein
www.germersheim.eu

Silz
Wild- und Wanderpark Silz
Wildgehege
www.wildpark-silz.de

Bad-Bergzabern
Südpfalz-Therme Bad-Bergzabern
Badelandschaft
www.suedpfalz-therme.de

Fischbach
Biosphärenhaus - Baumwipfelpfad Fischbach
Natur und Forschen
www.biosphaerenhaus.de

Haßloch
Holiday Park - Freizeitpark Haßloch
Freizeitpark
www.holidaypark.de

Wachenheim
Kurpfalz-Park Wachenheim
Naturpark mit Sommerrodelbahn
www.kurpfalz-park.de

Hauenstein
Gläserne Schuhfabrik Hauenstein
www.glaeserne-schuhfabrik.de

Neustadt-Hambach
„Weinschmecker“ Weinprobe Neustadt-Hambach
Weinprobe
www.neustadt.eu

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
MUNDUSvini GmbH Neustadt/Weinstraße
www.mundusvini.de

Bad Dürkheim
Michlers Weinerlebnisse Haus der guten Weine Bad Dürkheim
www.weinsensorik.de

Bad Dürkheim
Weindom Bad Dürkheim
www.weindom.de

Burrweiler
Vinothek Weingut Meßmer
Vinothek
www.dasweinhaus.com

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Haus des Weines Neustadt/Weinstraße
Vinothek
www.haus-des-weines.com

Vinery

The Pfalz is a heartland of Straußwirtschaften (seasonal wine taverns), as the pleasure-seeking people of the Pfalz enjoy settling down with wine and good food.

Because they are also pragmatists, they simply say "Woistubb" - not distinguishing between a wine bar, wine restaurant or Straußwirtschaft, because enjoyment is what is really important here.

For the southern wine route there is a separate directory of the 65 Strauß- und Besenwirtschaften, that hang either a bouquet or broom out the front to indicate that they are open. This can be obtained from the tourist office.

Further directories and sources of information at pfalz-info.com (german only) and Southern Wine Route suedlicheweinstrasse.de (english).


Recommendations for hotels and restaurants

Restaurant Burrweiler Mühle

Mühle 202
76835 Burrweiler

Phone: +49 6323 / 980751
reservierung[at]burrweilermuehle(dot)de
www.burrweilermuehle.de

Waldgasthaus Friedensdenkmal

Am Werderberg
67480 Edenkoben

Phone: +49 6323 / 5918
friedensdenkmal[at]t-online(dot)de
denkmal.e-book-manager.com

Restaurant Vinorant

Theresienstr. 22
76835 Rhodt unter Rietburg

Phone: +49 6323 / 81372
fleischmann-krieger-aet-t-online-punkt-de
www.fleischmann-krieger.de

Weingut Christmann - Gutsausschank Kabinett & Hotel

Riedweg 1
67487 St. Martin

Phone: +49 6323 / 94270
info[at]landhaus-christmann(dot)de
www.landhaus-christmann.de

Burgschänke an der Kropsburg

An der Krobsburg 5
67487 St. Martin

Phone: +49 6323 / 5924
burgschaenke.krobsburg[at]gmail(dot)com
https://www.pfalz-info.com/sankt-martin/burgschaenke-an-der-kropsburg-1719/

Restaurant Zeter Berghaus

Wetterkreuzberg Diedesfeld
67434 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 88438
info[at]zeter-berghaus(dot)de
www.zeter-berghaus.de

Weinstube zur Herberge

Mittelgasse 3
67433 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 7688
info[at]weinstube-herberge(dot)de
www.weinstube-herberge.de

Restaurant Zwockelsbrück

Bergstraße 1
67433 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 8791707
info[at]zwockelsbrueck(dot)de
www.zwockelsbrueck.de

Wirtshaus Backblech

Hintergasse 18-24
67433 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 81250
www.backblech-nw.de

Gaststätte & Weinhotel am Schlossberg

Am Schlossberg 1
76835 Burrweiler

Phone: +49 6345 / 2976
info[at]weinhotel-kienle(dot)de
www.weinhotel-schlossberg.de

Ferienhaus Burrweilerhaisl

Gaisbergstraße 3
76835 Burrweiler

Phone: +49 6233 / 352050
d_schantz[at]web(dot)de
burrweilerhaisl.beepworld.de

Restaurant & Gutsschänke St. Annaberg

Sankt-Anna-Straße 203
76835 Burrweiler

Phone: +49 6345 / 3258
info[at]sankt-annagut(dot)com
www.sankt-annagut.com

Hotel Alte Rebschule Rhodt

Theresienstraße 200
76835 Rhodt unter Rietburg

Phone: +49 6323 / 70440
info[at]alte-rebschule(dot)de
www.alte-rebschule.de

Gästehaus & Restaurant Steinhäuser Hof

Rathausstraße 6a
67433 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 489060
info[at]steinhaeuserhof(dot)de
www.steinhaeuserhof.de

Gaststätte Kaltenbrunner Hütte

Kaltenbrunner Hütte
67434 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 84071
www.kaltenbrunnertal.de

Gästehaus Rebstöckel

Kreuzstraße 11
67434 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 484060
info[at]rebstoeckel(dot)eu
www.rebstoeckel.eu

Gästehaus Hellmer

Meckenheimer Straße 1a
67435 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 96892 - 0
info[at]gaestehaus-hellmer(dot)de
www.gaestehaus-hellmer.de

Weingut Mugler Hotel & Restaurant

Peter Koch-Straße 50
67435 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 66062
info[at]weingut-mugler(dot)de
www.weingut-mugler.de

Wein-Gästehaus Helbig

Andergasse 40-40a
67434 Neustadt

Phone: +49 6321 / 32781
info[at]helbighof(dot)de
www.helbighof.de

Weingut & Gästehaus Döring

Andergasse 45
67434 Hambach

Phone: +49 6321 / 80244
info[at]weingut-ludwig-doering(dot)de
www.weingut-ludwig-doering.de