Gastlandschaften Rheinland-Pfalz


Palatinate

Holidays in the Palatinate and along the German Wine Route

Pfalz. Touristik e.V.
Martin-Luther-Straße 69
67433 Neustadt/Weinstraße

Tel. +49 (0) 6321/39160
Fax +49 (0) 6321/391619
info@pfalz-touristik.de
www.pfalz.de/en

  • 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

View over the spa town of Bad Dürkheim:



Discover more Videos of the Rhineland-Palatinate on our YouTube channel!

More sights and leisure tips

163 results , sorted by ascending / descending

Waldhambach (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Waldhambach | Waldhambach

Waldhambach in Trifelsland. The village is located in the Kaiserbach Valley beneath the castle Madenburg. Madenburg is a mostly liked destination...

Weisskopfseeadler (Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Zoo Kaiserslautern | Kaiserslautern

Welcome

… to the ZOO

A paradise with a lot of adventures for the whole family!

Relax, experience nature and learn a lot about...

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

Kleiner Rauberg | Spirkelbach

west of Spirkelbach

With tower.

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

Historische Mittelgasse | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Mittelgasse und Hintergasse – romantic witnesses of time gone by: Lovingly restored half-timbered houses, idyllic inner courtyards,...

Fasanerie im Herbst (Foto: Archiv Kultur- und Verkehrsamt Zweibrücken, Quelle: Südwestpfalz Touristik)

Barockes Gartendenkmal Tschifflick | Zweibrücken

Theme tour: The cherries of Tschifflick in the Baroque garden monument The duke’s chamber maid comes to us from the 18th century to tell us about...

Verenakapelle Mittelbrunn (Foto: Jörg Faustmann, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Ruine Verenakapelle | Mittelbrunn

At the village exit of Mittelbrunn are ruins of the natively late Roman chapel of the 14th century.

 

After it survived the...

Franzref Pfarrhaus (Foto: Tourist-Info Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Landkreis Kusel)

Franz.-ref. Pfarrhaus | Otterberg

This building, erected in 1720 by the largest parish in Otterberg at the time, housed two schoolrooms and the residences of the vicar and teacher...

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

Kartoffelmarkt und Paradiesbrunnen | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Kartoffelmarkt und Paradiesbrunnen: In earlier times, it was only potatoes sold here and hence the name – Kartoffeln (pfälzisch “Grumbeere”)....

Aussichtsplattform Neukastel (Foto: SÜW Landau-Land e.V., Nicola Hoffelder, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus landauland)

castle ruin Neukastel | Leinsweiler

The imperial castle Neukastel was built in the 12th century for the protection of the castle Trifels. Even though Neukastel was completely...

Rehbergturm (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Rehberg | Annweiler am Trifels

The Rehberg is the second highest mountain in the Wasgau.

Der Saalbau (Foto: Tourist-Information Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Saalbau | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Der Saalbau - Neustadt’s “Front Parlour” Builtbetween 1871 - 1873, during the unification of Germany, the Saalbau today is a convention centre, a...

Annweiler am Trifels mit Burg (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Annweiler am Trifels | Annweiler am Trifels

Annweiler am Trifels in Trifelsland. The town of Annweiler am Trifels is picturesquely embedded in the valley of the river Queich in the middle of...

Burgruine Drachenfels Dahner Felsenland - 1 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Burgruine Drachenfels | Busenberg

Near Busenberg.

The castle of the lords of Drachenfels (1209-1344) sitting on top of two steep and narrow sandstone rocks was destroyed in...

Gradierbau mit japanischen Zierkirschen (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Gradierbau | Bad Dürkheim

The Graduation Tower is the longest of its kind and the 333 metres generates a breath of sea air throughout the spa garden. The salt water...

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...