"Chestnuts are the best proof of the southern climate," commented Bavarian King Ludwig I, and had numerous chestnut trees planted around his Villa Ludwigshöhe. However, it is the Romans that we have to thank for sweet chestnuts becoming naturalised along the Wine Route.
The 56-kilometre long Keschdeweg hiking trail leads through the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve out into the sun-kissed wine-growing countryside. The trail winds in and out of the chestnut forest, which extends along the edge of the Palatinate Forest in a wide strip parallel to the Wine Route.
Anyone hoping to hike along the entire length of the Palatinate Chestnut Trail or visit one of the many associated events, might also need a bed for the night. You'll find everything you need to know about accommodation along the Palatinate Chestnut Trail here.
The chestnut season begins with the arrival of the blossom in mid- to late June. The bright yellow flowers are highlighted against the green of the forest and exude an intense fragrance.