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Home Page > Travelogues > Germany > Rheinland-Pfalz > Deutsche Weinstrasse > Leiningerland (Bockenheim, Asselheim, Gruenstadt, Neuleiningen, Kleinkarlbach, Kirchheim a. W., plus Freinsheim and Kallstadt)

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Germany

State of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland and Palatinate)

Gallery of Leiningerland -- The Northern End of the Wine Road

Germany

State of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland and Palatinate)

The northern section of the Deutsche Weinstrasse is probably the most touristy section of all, because it is the closest to a major autobahn (Autobahn 6, southern Germany's major east-west thoroughfare).  The good news is that this is a remarkably beautiful and popular section of Rheinland-Pfalz, with some of the largest and best known wine festivals around.  The bad news is that some of the true local flavor that one might experience in the Southern section of the Weinstrasse is sacrificed in the process.  That said, however, the Leiningerland, as this part of the Pfalz is called, has a few places -- Freinsheim and Neuleiningen among them -- that should be included in any Rheinland itinerary.

The ideal time to visit most of these towns are during the main wine festivals in early September.  (On the other hand, for those of you who don't like crowds, that may be the least desirable time to go.)

This gallery covers eight different towns and cities in the area (technically the first two are not explicitly part of Leiningerland, but geographically they are close enough for the purposes of this site).  These towns are shown roughly south to the northern end of the Weinstrasse at Bockenheim.  Enjoy! 

Freinsheim -- Friensheim was one of those classic German villages with a fully-intact city wall and old-style stone towers, from which the modern city has built upon.  This section of the city wall has been built up into houses, but whole sections are still original. Along with that, I also found Freinsheim to be one of the most colorful and lively cities around.  The Rathaus, left, was really beautiful with the red flower boxes.  The wine houses were very decorative, and with this being a rather hot Sunday afternoon, many of them were plenty full of people.  Freinsheim was definitely a highlight of my Weinstrasse adventures. 

Kallstadt -- Kallstadt was a nice little village, situated on the Wine Road between Freinsheim and Bad Duerkheim.  It was a remarkable example of a village that changed with the formation of the Wine Road -- the wine houses on the Road, like the ones shown above, were absolutely beautiful and there was a brilliant wine equipment display across the street and lots of booths on the road.  Away from the Road, the village appeared very rustic and down-to-earth... shall we say. Kirchheim a. d. Weinstrasse -- The town of Kirchheim was having its own little wine festival on Sunday morning, hence the children's plaything on the street.  The street was empty because everyone was crowded in the wine bars, like the huge building in the background.  Kirchheim's festival had a couple live jazz bands that were serenading the thirsty public during the early afternoon.

Kleinkarlbach -- Kleinkarlbach, like its sister town Großkarlbach, is a tiny village built in a gully under vine-covered hills.  The brilliant white houses and cheerful flower boxes of reds pinks made this a very pleasant quick stop.  It only had a couple wine houses, but they too were packed were people.  Also, it was here that I watched as a Sunday bicycle race passed through. Neuleiningen -- People driving on Autobahn 6 in Rheinland-Pfalz will probably recognize this hilltop town, but not necessarily by name.  As A6 inclines up the Pfälzer range, there is a huge castle town on a rounded hilltop that A6 passes close too... close enough to get the kids to press their noses against the rear window.  Neuleiningen is that town, comprising mostly of the ruined structure of the Burg Schenck, shown up close here.  I was truly amazed that this town was not included in any of my German tour books! 

Asselheim and Grünstadt -- Grünstadt is where A6 intersects with the Weinstrasse, and I would qualify it as a typical Autobahn town (or Interstate town, if you are American).  New, commercial, a place to live but not necessarily to visit.  On the other hand, Asselheim, one of Grünstadt's neighborhoods, is really very pretty, and sits on the side of a steep hill overlooking the pristine Rheinhessen vineyards to the north.  Asselheim also had an old, distinctive Gothic church. Bockenheim -- And finally, about four miles later, the Deutche Weinstrasse reaches its end in this fabulous little town.  The Haus der Deutsche Weinstrasse is shown here, marking the northern boundary of the Weinstrasse.  It is primarily a tourism trap and restaurant like its cousin, the Weintor in Schweigen, the southern entrance.  When I was there, the fields around the Haus were holding a little fair at the start of a thirty-kilometer Sunday biking tour that encompassed several of the Leiningerland towns.

Other Chapters in the Weinstrasse section:  Southern Wine Road ] Trifelsland ] St. Martin ] Landau ] Neustadt ] Bad Duerkheim ] [ Leiningerland ]

Trip taken 15 June 2003 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2002 Tom Galvin

Useful Links:
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Deutsche Weinstrasse Home Page (in German) -- http://www.deutsche-weinstrasse.de/ 

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English-Language Page on German Wine Road -- http://www.germany-tourism.de/e/2837.html 

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Bockenheim Home Page (in German) -- http://www.bockenheim.de 

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Freinsheim Regional Tourism Page (in German, includes Kallstadt) -- http://www.freinsheim.de/urlaubsregion/index.htm 

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Grünstadt Home Page (in German, includes Asselheim) -- http://www.gruenstadt.de/haupt/index.html  

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Grünstadt Regional Home Page (includes Kleinkarlbach) -- http://www.gruenstadt-land.de 

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Leiningerland Home Page (German, welcome page in English) --

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Neuleiningen Home Page (in German) -- http://www.neuleiningen.de/ 

 

   
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