Gastlandschaften Rheinland-Pfalz


Palatinate

Holidays in the Palatinate and along the German Wine Route

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  • Nikolauskapelle near Klingenmünster
    Nikolauskapelle near Klingenmünster
  • Falkenstein ruin: Pfälzer Höhenweg trail
    Falkenstein ruin: Pfälzer Höhenweg trail
  • Almond blossom in the Palatinate
    Almond blossom in the Palatinate
  • Vineyards at Villa Ludwigshöhe, Edenkoben
    Vineyards at Villa Ludwigshöhe, Edenkoben
  • Landeck castle near Klingenmünster
    Landeck castle near Klingenmünster
  • Exposition at Hambacher Schloss
    Exposition at Hambacher Schloss, Neustadt a.d.W.
  • Wellness in the Palatinate vineyards
    Wellness in the Palatinate vineyards

Travel highlights and activities in the Palatinate

Looking for wine, sekt, secco or wine vinegar? Kiwi fruit, lemons, figs or chestnuts? Then the lush Palatinate region with its mild climate and hospitable people is the place for you! Follow the delights of wine culture across the broad hills of the region, along the German Wine Route to the picturesque wine villages, fortresses and castles.

Selected Palatinate Castles... Signposts of History

Lichtenberg Castle, located in Kusel in the Palatinate, was once one of the largest castles in Germany. As it was never destroyed, it is perfect for tourists to visit even today. It is now home to three museums, a youth hostel and a restaurant, so that visitors can learn about the history and life in the castle – as well as look after their body and soul.

There is also Hardenburg Castle in Bad Dürkheim, which was one of the largest and most important estates in all of Germany and so is also certainly worth a visit.

Reichsburg Trifels Castle presides over the town of Annweiler. English King Richard the Lionheart was held captive here for three weeks in 1193. You can read about this event in the exhibition in the imperial castle and you can also view the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, which were temporarily stored here.

Also worth a visit is Hambach Castle, in which the German Wine Queen is elected every year. The "Hambach Festival" held in 1832, at which over 30,000 people gathered to protest, is also considered a symbol of the democracy movement in Germany.

Some of the best-preserved structures are the Castle Ruins of Landeck, which date back to the Stauffer era. The ruins include a wide range of sights and eateries and are also the venue for a number of different events, including the oldest Medieval Castle Festival in the Palatinate region.

Speyer

The largest Roman church in Germany has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1981 and attracts visitors from all over the world with its medieval beauty.

Once a center of politics and power, Speyer now captivates visitors with its breathtaking views and impressive historical Old Town. The Via Triumphalis, Speyer's shopping promenade, is lined by hundreds of open-air seats for 'spectators'. Between the cathedral and the Old Gate, a wealth of modern street cafés, traditional wine taverns and lively bistros are bunched together like pearls on a string.

Oleanders adorn your way through the romantic alleys, palms decorate the historic squares and the beautiful promenades encourage you to linger. Speyer is clearly a place of stylish romance! Speyer's highlight recommended by the German Wine Institute is the original Roman wine, which is the oldest fluent wine in the world (can be seen at the Historical Museum Pfalz Speyer).

Pretty in pink

The almond blossom season along the German Wine Route is a much-anticipated time of year, with the canopy of delicate pink buds signalling the end of winter. Among the highlights for visitors are the almond blossom festival, special seasonal walks, almond-based wellness treatments and mouthwatering almond delicacies.

Culture and Wine Ambassadors of the Palatinate

The Palatinate Culture and Wine Ambassadors offer an interesting programme, because they know their region like the back of their hand and have a way to convey their in-depth knowledge with fun and entertainment. They can provide anecdotes and insider tips at the drop of a hat, and will always have a good bottle of wine at hand.

Discover the secrets of vinotherapy

A grapeseed exfoliation treatment to enhance the skin's receptivity, followed by a massage with cold-pressed grapeseed oil - pure pleasure for body and soul, topped off perhaps by a glass of fine wine in the evening.
Grapes for a beautiful complexion? Today parts of the grape that were once discarded - the skin and the seeds - are used in vinotherapy beauty treatments. The seeds and skin of the grape contain polyphen oils, which can protect from free radicals and prevent skin ageing.
Also in the Palatinate the delights of the grape are used in beauty treatments, for example at the spa towns of Bad Dürkheim and Bad Bergzabern.

All-inclusive holidays with "Pfalzcard"

Pfalzcard

Enjoy all inclusive holidays with the guest card of Palatinate, the so called "Pfalzcard": During your holidays you are able to use public transportation and visit more than 100 leisure programmes free of charge with the Pfalzcard throughout the entire region of Palatinate: castles and fortifications, family events such as at SEA LIFE in Speyer or Dynamikum in Pirmasens, museums and exhibitions, wine tastings, guided tours and cultural programmes, swimming pools and golf courses.

The premium guest card is exclusively available at approx. 100 participating accommodations (hotels, apartments, guesthouses, youth hostels). Using the following link you will find further information concerning Pfalzcard hosts and leisure programmes. Yet, so far the information is only available in German. An English version will be published soon. Pfalzcard

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nanstein_titel_luftbild_k (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Fotograf Walter Potdevin, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Burg Nanstein - Burgführung | Landstuhl

The guided tours of Nanstein Castle are informative and entertaining.

Gräfenhausen  (Foto: Archiv Verein SÜW Annweiler e.V., Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Gräfenhausen - Stadtteil Annweiler am Trifels | Annweiler am Trifels

Gräfenhausen in Trifelsland. Gräfenhausen is part of the city of Annweiler am Trifels. It is a small village with a long tradition of vine...

Waldrohrbach (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Waldrohrbach | Waldrohrbach

Waldrohrbach in Trifelsland. The little village in the Kaiserbach valley has a special church under preservation. The Rehberg tower, the Hahnstein...

Türsturz des ehem Klosterhospitals (Foto: TI Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Landkreis Kusel)

Türsturz des ehemaligen Klosterhospitals | Otterberg

This is the lintel of the first cloister hospital with the inscription "Got versieh Dir din".

Madenburg vor Pfälzerwald (Foto: Stephan Sturm, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus landauland)

castle ruin Madenburg | Eschbach

The castle ruin Madenburg is amongst the largest castle grounds in the Palatinate. Built in the 11th century as an imperial castle, the Madenburg...

Kaiserpfalz (Foto: Stadt Kaiserslautern, Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Imperial Palace and underneath escape passages | Kaiserslautern

Imperial Palace and Count Palatine Hall - Unfortunately both don't exist any longer - neither Barbarossa's Kaiserpfalz (Imperial Palace) nor the...

Historische Kunigundenstraße (Foto: Rolf Schädler, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Historische Kunigundenstraße | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Kunigundenstrasse: This street in the southwest area of the old town was, up to the year 1895, originally an extension of the Metzgergasse...

Memorialchurch © Evang. Presseverlang (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

The Memorial Church | Speyer

The tallest church steeple in the Palatinate dominates the cityscape. At just under 1,000 feet, it soars above all of the other buildings in the...

Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Höhe | Bad Dürkheim

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal: This towered castle was built in honour of Emperor Wilhelm 1. on a stone outcrop at a height of 270 metres. The south side...

Gute Stube Maikammer (Foto: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer)

Gute Stube | Maikammer

The former large-bourgeois living room is located in the preserved historical part of the Burgher's House of Maikammer and presents itself after...

Wildpark (Foto: Stadt Kaiserslautern, Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Wildpark | Kaiserslautern

Game park with native animals

 

This 25-acre area enables citizens and guests of the city of Kaiserslautern to observe game...

St Ludwig Kirche im Oberen Kurpark (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

St. Ludwig Kirche | Bad Dürkheim

St. Ludwig Church: Built in 1828/30 according to the plans of the famous German church architect, Friederich Weinbrenner, the interior is...

Sickinger Mühlenradweg (Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Sickinger Mühlenradweg | Landstuhl

From "Western Moorniederung" over the "Sickinger Höhe", the Sickinger Mühlenradweg leads down into the Schwarzbachtal. The...

Keltischer Ringwall Heidenmauer Herbst (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Keltischer Ringwall Heidenmauer | Bad Dürkheim

Celtic Ring Wall “Heidenmauer”: This “heathen wall” was erected around 500 B.C as a protective ring wall around the Celtic settlement (Oppidum)....

Rappenfelsen (Foto: Stephanie Ser, Quelle: Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald)

Rappenfelsen | Hinterweidenthal

east of Hinterweidenthal

Bizarre sandstone formation directly above the half-timbered houses.