The wine growing community of Freinsheim will offer a culinary hike on its wine-hiking trail today to Sunday.
The 7-kilometer trail called “Schwarzes Kreuz,” or black cross, is located southwest of Freinsheim and leads through two vineyards.
An ornamented pillar made of sandstone from the 16th century, which shows the crucifixion scene, gave the wine-hiking trail its name.
The event will start at 6 p.m. today by opening 20 stands along the route. Hikers can taste wines, sparkling wines and juices made by local vintners. International and regional culinary specialties include giant scampi with an herbal crust, pork in burgundy sauce, tapas, goulash soup, meat dumplings with horse radish, potato dumplings with sauerkraut, vintners’ steaks, oriental lamb pot, French chicken breast, fresh oysters, potato pancakes with apple sauce, potato soup with salmon, onion cake, waffles, crepes and a lot more.
After nightfall today, a fireworks display will illuminate the vineyards.
On Saturday and Sunday, Wine Princess Kristina will officially open the event at 11:30 a.m. at the historical town hall.
The wine stands will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today, and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local stores will offer shopping from 1 to 6 p.m.
The old part of town will be closed to motorized traffic. Visitors coming by car are asked to park outside of town. The center is only a few steps away.
From the historical town hall, hikers should walk on Hauptstrasse, turn into Breite Strasse and pass the Hain Gate after 50 meters. Then they need to turn left onto Friedhofstrasse and then straight again to reach stand No. 1.
If coming from the train station, hikers need to follow the arrows on Franz-Lind-Strasse, turn right to the gatekeeper house, then right again to get to stand No. 1 after 50 meters.
To get to Freinsheim, travel on autobahn A6 direction Mannheim, take the Grünstadt exit, and follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim.
For more information, visit www.stadt-freinsheim.de.