It's one of the largest, most traditional and entertaining public festivals in Germany. It is over 570 years old, and still as young as ever - the Dürkheim festival of festivals - the main event of the year in the Pfalz.
The entertainment along with the wine is one of the distinctive features of the festival. You can enjoy over 150 different wines in over 50 different places - from the mellow Riesling to the finest ice-wine.
Wether in the large wine halls or at the traditional "Schubkärchler" - small traditional wine stands with scrubbed wooden tables worn smooth over the years - the Dürkheim wine loses none of its flavour wherever you drink it.
Or if you prefer to enjoy a fine wine in a more tranquil and intimate atmosphere, the "Weindorf" - the wine village - is the place for you.
Drinking without having to worry about alcohol limits - every driver's dream! No problem at the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt. the greatest wine festival in the world is in the heart of the Pfalz and is easy to get to by bus or rail from any direction - right round the clock!
Although the Dürkheim wine is the center of attraction, the Wurstmarkt would be unthinkable without its travelling fairground - fun for the whole family.
Another typical attraction of the Wurstmarkt is the dialect and the humour of the local people. The combination of wine and literature offered on the first Monday of the Wurstmarkt is highly recommended.
Why not take time out between glasses to enjoy a short walk to the Michaelskapelle (St. Michael's Chapel) which sits on the Michaelsberg above the market. Up until the 15th century, pilgrims walked up the hill on St. Michael's Day and this is the origin of the Wurstmarkt festival.
Tradition and wine - two things which best express the affection for the Pfalz felt by its natives. As the local poet Karl Räder put it: "The Wurstmarkt is the only festival where you meet old friends you've never seen before". Come and see us. Be our Guest. Become one of our "old friends".