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.

View over the spa town of Bad Dürkheim:



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

Historische Metzgergasse | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

A very narrow street leading from the market square to the Kunigundenstrasse containing a number of archways displaying old guild signs. The...

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

Stiftskirche - Wahrzeichen der Stadt | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Die Stiftskirche – Neustadt’s most prominent landmark: The two unequal sandstone towers of the collegiate church have overlooked...

Burgruine Ramburg (Quelle: Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V. )

Burgruine Ramburg | Ramberg

The Ramburg was built in the 12th century to protect the Trifels.

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...

Burgruine Wegelnburg Dahner Felsenland - 2 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Burgruine Wegelnburg | Nothweiler

near Schönau and Nothweiler

At an elevation of 572 meters the Wegelnburg castle stretches along a mountain ridge. It is the highest...

Römischer Steinbruch Kriemhildenstuhl mit Bank (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Kriemhildenstuhl | Bad Dürkheim

Roman Stone Quarry of “Kriemhildenstuhl”: The most unusual sight to see in this, the best-conserved Roman quarry north of the Alps, is the...

Annweiler am Trifels (Quelle: Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V. )

Annweiler am Trifels | Annweiler am Trifels

Annweiler am Trifels is a romantic town in the Palatinate Forest . Surrounded by green forests , idyllic river valleys and picturesque vineyards,...

eingang-des-steinenschloss (Quelle: Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.)

Burgruine Steinenschloss | Thaleischweiler-Fröschen

near Thaleischweiler-Fröschen

When you climb up from the Schwarzbach valley at the eastern edge of Thaleischweiler-Fröschen, you come to...

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

Eisenbahnmuseum und Kuckucksbähnel | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Das Eisenbahnmuseum – The Nostalgia of Steam Trains: Guaranteed to make the heart of railway fans beat faster, the historical...

blaueshaus (Foto: Tourist-Info Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland)

Blaues Haus | Otterberg

The "Blaues Haus" was erected in 1612 on the foundation walls of the monastery's Lay Brother's quarters by Toussin Gille. In 1790 it...

heli (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

Round trip flights over Speyer | Speyer

So You prefer fantastic views?

For those who would like to experience Speyer and the Electoral Palatinate at least once in their lives from...

Heidelsburg (Foto: Touristikbüro Holzland / Sickinger Höhe, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Heidelsburg castle ruins | Waldfischbach-Burgalben

near Waldfischbach-Burgalben

The oldest fortification in the Palatinate dates back to Roman times.

Neuscharfeneck (Quelle: Südliche Weinstrasse Annweiler am Trifels e.V. )

Burgruine Neuscharfeneck | Dernbach

The Neuscharfeneck Castle 280m above the village Dernbach and has a large plant.

Hartmannstr5474 (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer)

Maikammer | Maikammer

The wine and relaxation village of Maikammer currently has about 4,265 inhabitants. At an altitude of up to 300 m, idyllically situated at the...

Teufelsstein (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Teufelsstein | Bad Dürkheim

Teufelstein – simply fantastic: The devil’s stone, 2,50 metres high and up to 4 metres wide has a veritably “devilish” legend behind it. The...