Forest, vineyards and expanse - the Hiwweltour Bismarck tower between Ingelheim and Gau-Algesheim leads through a nature reserve and one of Rheinhessen's most famous vineyards.
Hike on the Hiwweltour Bismarck tower in the nature reserve Gau-Algesheimer Kopf, through the Welzbachtal valley to the famous Hundertgulden vineyard. On the way, the entertaining change of forest passages, hedgerowed paths and open spaces, with innumerable panoramic views of the Rhine and the Rheingau, captivates. With Ingelheim, Gau-Algesheim and Appenheim, there are three entry points, which are worth a visit with their historic city centers and the range of restaurants.
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Sturdy shoes, hiking clothes, backpack catering
Right at the beginning, the Bismarckturm, open to the public during the day, offers a wonderful all-round view of Ingelheim and the Rheingau. From a new perspective, this view can be enjoyed on the slope. Then the path meanders through lush vegetation through the forest to the refuge GAGA. From here there is the next panorama to the Laurenziberg up to the Binger Loch. The path now descends towards Gau-Algesheim.
Once the vineyard zone is reached, the place is within reach. The Hiwweltour swinging at the branch of the southern access road again slightly uphill. After 2.8 km begins the descent into the Welzbachtal, where once used many mills, the power of water. At the height of the barbecue hut we change over the stream and hike to the nearby wine town of Appenheim, whose center can be reached by train.
After passing the 100 guilder mill (refreshments available), the tour wins in altitude and leads directly through the famous Appenheimer Hundertgulden vineyard. A break at the wine table is worthwhile after the climb, before we reach the plateau via a stair path and hike in the nearby forest. A short path leads to the geo-ecological trail, which draws attention to the salamander holes. An informative board explains everything worth knowing about this important geotope.
Then it goes almost through the species-rich forest of the nature reserve Gau-Algesheimer Kopf. As soon as the Hiwweltour reaches the first fields, the wide view up to the Feldberg attracts attention, before it goes past the Hofgut Waldeck back to the Bismarckturm. Alternatively, Gau-Algesheim with the historic market square and Ingelheim with the imperial palace of Charlemagne offer further lingering.
A60 exit Ingelheim West, 3 km direction L428 Nieder-Olm, at Ingelheim Süd at the roundabout in Waldeckstraße, follow for 2 km until Bismarckturm
By public transport:
Ingelheim station (access to the starting point)
Station Gau-Algesheim (access to the starting point)
Parking at the Bismarckturm
Address: Am Bismarckturm, 55218 Ingelheim