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

Burgruine Meistersel | Ramberg

Meistersel is one of the oldest castles in the Palatinate, probably built already in Salian times, in the 11th century.

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...

Memorialchurch roof © Karl Hoffmann (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

Führung in der Gedächtniskirche | Speyer

More than 100 years ago, Protestants from all over the world built the Memorial Church to commemorate the protestation that took place in Speyer...

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

Ferckelsches Haus 1606 Otterberg | Otterberg

Built in 1606, it has a typical staircase of the period and is the oldest house within

the city wall.

Schloßkirche_innen (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Schloßkirche | Bad Dürkheim

Schlosskirche: Near the Schlosskirche, completed in 1335, were found the remains of its Gothic origins and made available to the public in 1978....

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

Galgenfels (Gallows rock) | Waldfischbach-Burgalben

east of Waldfischbach-Burgalben

LuthPfarrheim (Foto: TI Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland)

Lutherisches Pfarrhaus Otterberg | Otterberg

The "Lutherisches Pfarr- and Schulhaus"" (Lutheran Rectory and Schoolhouse)

 

This half-timbered house, which...

Christuskirche Rumbach Dahner Felsenland _ 1 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Christuskirche | Rumbach

One of the oldest churches in the Palatinate. The oldest parts of the fortified church probably date from the 11th century. Notable: Beautiful...

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

Casimirianum | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Das Casimirianum – the electoral prince’s university: “Casi” is how the people of Neustadt fondly call this architectural gem which combines...

Lunetto No 41 (Foto: Festungsbauverein, Quelle: Südliche Weinstrasse e.V. Büro für Tourismus Landau)

Lunette 41 - Landaus Unterwelt | Landau in der Pfalz

Lunette No. 41 - underground facility

Brunnen auf dem Römerplatz (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Brunnen auf dem Römerplatz | Bad Dürkheim

Römerplatz with Fountain: This town square surrounded by attractive facades represents the site where Bad Dürkheim was first founded. The name is...

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...

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...

Luther Statue © Evang. Landeskirche (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

On the Trail of the Protestation | Speyer

The Great Imperial Diet of 1529 put Speyer into the focal point of German history.

Nineteen Lutheran princes publicly espoused their...

Marktplatz - historisches Zentrum (Foto: Rolf Schädler, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Marktplatz - historisches Zentrum | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

In and around the Marktplatz – Neustadt’s historic centre: The market place with its gothic Stiftskirche (collegiate church), town hall and...