The forest floor softly beneath your feet, the sun peeking again and again through the canopy of trees, and close by, a woodpecker keeping time to the rhythm of your footsteps. Abruptly the forest throws open its curtains on the view of the Rhine plain with its vineyards and villages, where delicious refreshment awaits you. The long-distance hiking trail with the label »Pfälzer Weinsteig« promises to be a delight for all the senses. Extending over more than 170 kilometers, this, the longest of the three Palatinate long-distance hiking trails, offers a lot of opportunity to enjoy the best of the forests and vineyards.
Who goes for a hike in the Palatinate will enjoy a richly laid table. Short distances with a relatively level profile, many routes for either relaxed or challenging day tours and three long distance paths of 110-170 kilometres in length with some steep slopes. There are scenic routes and even more round trips, together with trips of six to eight kilometres in length and also bordering on our neighbouring region of Alsace. The »Wandermenü Pfalz« offers 45 very different courses, all well-marked premium quality paths with together more than 1,300 kilometers of hiking possibilities- so there every guest should find a hiking route of his liking.
The brochures "The Palatinate - In the mood for a holiday" and "The Palatinate - Leisure Tips" are fun to thumb through, give an overview of the many leisure time options of the region an entice visitors to start exploring. Over 350 leisure activities, visitor attractions and points of interest are summarized here in a categorised list.
In the Palatinate, the mining tradition is very old, because a great variety of natural resources was found in this region. In some areas, there is even evidence of mining activities dating back to the time of the Celts.