Schweigen-Rechtenbach, scenic village in an idyllic landscape
Located in the southern part of Palatinate, at the foot of Pfälzerwald forest and beneath the frontier to Alsatian Wissembourg, there is the 1500-habitant village Schweigen-Rechtenbach. Experience wide vineyards, lanes with buckled gables and doors and rustic taverns and restaurants.
Deutsches Weintor is one of the landmarks of the Palatinate region and marks the begin of the 85 km long Deutschen Weinstraße (German Wine Route). A touristic train, the Grenzlandbahn, brings you from the Weintor to romantic Wissembourg/France several times a day.
Via Weinlehrpfad Schweigen-Rechtenbach (Nature trail about wines) you reach high-lying Sonnenberg with a terrific sight towards Deutsches Weintor, Upper Rhine Valley and Black Forest. From May until October at weekends, the local wineries here cater for promenaders and hikers.
Hiking in Pfälzerwald
Nature park Pfälzerwald is the largest connected forest of Germany. Well-flagged hiking paths lead you to attractive sights. You can choose between 27 different trails with more than 470 km of net length.
Paradise for cyclists
Whether your an ambitious mountain biker or a relaxed touring rider, you'll get your money's worth. Mountainbike park Pfälzerwald awaits you with 900 km flagged routes of dreamy, spiry paths, variations of steep climbs and technical decents, impressive sights, romantic castles and hearty hospitality in rustic huts. As a touring rider, you'll discover the 500 km long road and path network of southern Palatinate with its numerous safe, flat and well-flagged routes.
Escape from workaday life - at nearby Südpfalz-Therme (thermal bath) at Bad Bergzabern. Generous sauna area with mirrored ceiling, stylish garden, effective Dead-Sea-Salt-Grotto, professional health area und relaxing space.