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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Freizeitbad Azur (Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Freizeitbad "Azur" | Ramstein-Miesenbach

Pure fun and pleasure! 365 days a year. Swimming pool for familiy fun!

 

Sun - Tropic - Beach - Water - Waves

swimming...

Eußerthal im Frühling (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Eußerthal | Eußerthal

Eußerthal in Trifelsland. In an open and bright valley is Eußerthal, surrounded by meadows, mountains and rocks, in the Palatinate Forest....

4733_Heidenfelsen_Landtuhl_Ausschnitt_2017_klein (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Fotograf Hafner, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Heidenfelsen | Kindsbach

The „Heidenfelsen“ are a Roman spring sanctuary, which were built in the middle of the 3rd century. Two stones are still...

Ferckel u. Apoklein. (Foto: Tourist-Info Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Landkreis Kusel)

Alte Apotheke | Otterberg

This Walloon half-timbered house was erected in 1608 by the tanner David Gille Anthoine.

Purchased by the Pharmacist Leonard Euler in...

Neuscharfeneck Wandern (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Burgruine Neuscharfeneck | Dernbach

One of the most impossing fortresses in the Palatinate. Expanded by Prince Elector Frederick I., it was burned down in the Peasants War, renovated...

Gosserweiler Aussicht (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Gossersweiler-Stein | Gossersweiler-Stein

Gosserweiler-Stein in Trifelsland. Gosserweiler-Stein is a union of two small villages with typically rural structures in the Palatinate Forest....

Burgruine Neu-Dahn Dahner Felsenland (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Burgruine Neudahn | Dahn

north-west of Dahn

The ruins date back to the 13th century.

06391/993543, dahner-burgen@gdke.rlp.de, www.burgen-rlp.de

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...

Logo Spielbank Bad Dürkheim (Foto: Spielbank Bad Neuenahr GmbH & Co. KG, Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Spielbank Bad Dürkheim | Bad Dürkheim

The Spa Hotel and Casino: Situated at the upper end of the spa gardens are the venues for summer dancing. The casino offers classical casino games...

NaturerlebnisBad Landstuhl (Foto: NEB Landstuhl, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Naturerlebnisbad Landstuhl | Landstuhl

A dream comes true.

 

Chemical-free and velvet water, an exciting rafting track, a rock for jumping and child-oriented...

Mandelhain 1 (Foto: Nicola Hoffelder, SÜW Landau-Land e.V., Quelle: Büro für Tourismus landauland)

Almond grove above Birkweiler | Birkweiler

Just above the village Birkweiler visitors and locals alike will find an almond grove where they can plant their own almond tree. An almond tree...

Außenansicht Archäolog. Schaufenster (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

Archaeological Window | Speyer

The archeological show room is Speyer's branch of the State Office for the Preservation of Historic Monuments. This office presents, in a large...

Eisenerzgrube Nothweiler Dahner Felsenland _ 1 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Eisenerzgrube Nothweiler | Nothweiler

Once one of the largest of its kind in Europe, Fischbach copper mine offers an insight into how ore was mined in the Middle Ages.

In mining...

Freibad Billigheim-Ingenheim (Foto: Marcus Wirth, Camping im Klingbachtal, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus landauland)

Open-air bath in Billigheim-Ingenheim | Billigheim-Ingenheim

The facility has swimmers’, children’s and adventure pools. The spacious lawn is perfect for relaxing, but also for romping and playing. The kiosk...

Mammutbäume_Fotograf_Bemme (3)_klein_klein (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Fotograf M. Bemme, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Mammutbäume | Landstuhl

Around 1861 seven American giant trees were planted here by the forester Schütz as a botanical feature.

 

With a height of more...