Bicyclists have fun on German Wine Street

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The German Wine Street will be the stage for a car-free adventure day Aug. 27. For the 21st time, Germany’s oldest wine tourist route will be closed to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 80 kilometers from Bockenheim in the north to Schweigen in the south.

The car-free route leading through Germany’s biggest wine-growing area will turn into a fun mile for bicyclists, skaters and hikers. This year’s adventure day motto is “Culinary Pfalz.” Besides all the stands and booths offering culinary specialties, there will be 13 wine tasting stations, where participants can taste little delicacies with the right wine for a set price of €5. For example, people can taste beef salad with yoghurt-mint sauce in Bad Dürkheim, sea bass with vanilla olive oil and zucchini spaghetti in Deidesheim  and pumpkin orange soup with scampi in Siebeldingen. Giant pink balloons with this year’s adventure day motif indicate where these locations are.

The minister president of Rheinland-Pfalz, Kurt Beck, and the Palatinate Wine Queen, Katja Schweder, will officially open the event at 10 a.m. in Hainfeld, which also celebrates its 1225th anniversary.

About 30 villages and towns along the German Wine Street will offer entertaining programs with many attractions to include music, sports and games.

The traditional 10-kilometer run will start in two places again. The route in the north goes from Bockenheim to Kirchheim and the one in the south from Weissenburg to Bad Bergzabern. Starting time is 10 a.m.

Organizers ask all bicyclists, walkers and skaters for mutual respect. They expect just like last year several hundred thousands of visitors and recommend coming to the German Wine Street in public transportation vehicles such as the train or buses.

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