Travel highlights and activities

The scenery in the Palatinate highlands and the southwest Palatinate is hilly and varied; the area along the border with France has dense forests, lush meadow valleys – and other attractions such as Flammkuchen (pizza base, cream, onions and bacon) and Federweisser (new wine). Local people tend to do things doucement (quietly and calmly), and their relaxed approach makes a trip to this region of vines and almond blossom that extra bit special.


Travel highlights

Neustadt an der Weinstraße
This wine town – the “pearl of the Palatinate” – is at the centre of the German Wine Route. It has 1,850 hours of sunshine every year, a climate in which figs, kiwis and lemons thrive. The almond blossom festival in March is truly delightful and the highlight of the wine festival season is the election of the German Wine Queen in early October. 

St. Martin
Temperatures in this historical wine town and climatic health resort on the Southern Wine Route are so favourable that it is able to grow plants from the Holy Land. The romantic, historically important ruins of Kropsburg Castle grace the charming hill amid chestnut and beech trees.

Rhodt unter Riedburg
This jewel of the Southern Wine Route sits beneath the Rietburg, the highest castle ruins in the Palatinate. It has lots to offer, including Theresienstrasse which is lined by old chestnut trees and the beautiful baroque Church of St. George. 80% of the buildings in the village are listed.

Deidesheim
Here you can experience all the romance of the Palatinate. Look around this enchanting town then take a stroll in the exotic gardens where orange trees, date palms and cypresses flourish in the mild climate and convey a mediterranean feel.

Activities

WellVINess
This fabulous Palatinate wellness programme focuses on three key ideas: Well-being – Experience – Pleasure. The naturopathic treatments used incorporate the precious fruits of the vine. WellVINess hotels offer vitality walks, beauty programmes and mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on grapes and wine. Grapeseed and grape marc nutrition and body care products have positive anti-ageing benefits.

Walking, horse-riding, hang-gliding
Throughout the region there are plenty of top trails and bridle paths: in the Palatinate Forest nature reserve, on the German Wine Route and in the Palatinate hill country. For a special adventure, why not spend a few days touring and staying overnight in hiking lodges? Or try your hand at hang-gliding, for instance at Hohenberg hill near Annweiler am Trifels.

Cycle Tours
The Kraut und Rüben cycle trail runs parallel to the German Wine Route cycle trail, past fields of sunflowers and tobacco plants. All along the way there are romantic wine villages, castles and churches. Another top tip for cyclists is the Culinary Road: the Palatinate is a gourmet's paradise and boasts many top chefs.

Wine festivals
Delightful events take place here the whole year round, from the almond blossom festival to the Federweisser (new wine) festivals. Bad Dürkheim hosts the biggest wine festival in the world. And on the last Sunday of August, the entire Wine Route (85km) is closed to traffic and becomes a wine lover's heaven.

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