It seems that riding was very important for the locals during the times of Prince Elector times. Or was it the riding schools for children? I didn’t find out but loved the cute little monument with the horse and the kids which looks more like a horse from a merry-go-round, especially with the bronze kids admiring it. Fact is that this monument is...more
On the other side of Gleisweiler, or at the other end of the village towards the hills of Palatinate Forest, is the clinic which made the town well known in the past. Local MD Schneider had found out the healing properties of cold water and had built the first medical institution in this context here in Gleisweiler mid 19th century. The building...more
Another beautiful house in Gleisweiler is the Zehnthaus, in English most probably something like a Tithe House, a house which belonged to the ruler or church and where the tenth of harvest or other natural produces was being paid. The Zehnthaus was built in 1753. We only saw the upper part from the main street, with its lovely courtyard and...more
Gleisweiler is located approx. 10 km northwest of Landau and approx. 20 km south of Neustadt along Southern Wine Route. Coming by car, the car should be left outside of the village given the very rare parking space, which should be left for the residents. A quite big parking space it outside of the village, approx. 10 minutes by foot.
There is regular bus traffic to Gleisweiler with so-called Palatina Bus from either Neustadt or Landau. Line 501 drives regularly from Landau via Gleisweiler, Rhodt and Sankt Martin to Neustadt and from there back. Consequently, the bus needs only 20 minutes from Landau to Gleisweiler, but 40 minutes from Neustadt to Gleisweiler. Busses go hourly on weekdays and Saturdays and every two hours on Sundays. The bus schedule is on page 33 (right hand side) in the Southern Wine Route Flyer. Both, Landau and Neustadt have a train station with connections to almost everywhere. Only make sure to look for Landau Pfalz and Neustadt (Weinstrasse) when you look up schedules on Bahn website.
Location of parking space outside of Gleisweiler centre on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., August 2011.
This is the end of my description of Gleisweiler and surroundings. Thanks for having followed my tour. If you wish, please return to my Intro page
The former village creek is almost still there, although no water is running anymore, except maybe during rainy season. It is located next to the main road through the village (Badstrasse, the street which leads to the “Bad” as in spa or the clinic, nothing to do with bad as in not good!), set away from the road. A footpath is next to it and it is...more
With sandstone being the most prominent building material in Palatinate, it was being used for decorating the centre of Gleisweiler with a beautiful fountain. The fountain head (if that is the correct name) looks like an old wise man who donates water. Around the fountain are other interesting sculptures of young girls, although... I must have been...more
The village is often called “Palatinate’s Nizza (Nice)”, which refers to the very mild climate. Palatinate is blessed with mild climate in general, but the exposition of Gleisweiler to the south, hence more sun, and the protection by the raising hills above the village makes the climate most probably even more mild. An abundance of Mediterranean...more
Although Palatinate wine is famous for many many years and centuries, I was positively surprised to learn that the most famous vineyard of the village, called Gleisweiler Hölle, is listed as one of the 10 best vineyards in southern Palatinate in Gault Millau. No wonder, the climate is exceptional, especially with an orientation towards south. In...more